18 June 2010

GeeCON 2010 in Poznan

I'm quite late with this post. Most people have already commented about GeeCON. Well my posts are never real time. The fact that I was working on my "Code-Cop's Codes" project, converting all my repositories to Mercurial and writing a presentation on knowledge management tools used in software development meant I couldn't get it done earlier. ;-) Still, I definitely want to share my experience of visiting GeeCON 2010, which took place in Poznan over a month ago.
GeeCON 2010 in PoznanThe quality of the presentations was excellent. I really liked all of them. This was the most important thing to me because I went there to see the presentations. I didn't care whether the Wi-Fi was slow or if the food was not particularly tasty. I attend conferences to see new things. (Well the food was nothing special, but who cares?) I have attended other conferences before and there were usually a few presentations that were boring or not very good. However, this was not the case with GeeCON! I was pleasantly surprised. Kudos to the GeeCON team and all the speakers. You did a great job.

I will not go into detail about the presentations, but there are some things that are definitely worth mentioning:Bruno Bossola's UML Crash Course: Class, Object, Link ;-)
  • Stephan Herrmann talked about Object Teams. It looked interesting, and seemed to be a mixture of anaemic service graphs, rich domain models and aspects. (Stephan, please forgive me for that noob explanation :-)) Fortunately, Stephan is able to attend our upcoming Eclipse DemoCamp. I am looking forward to hearing a more in-depth explanation and getting hands-on experience.

  • Staffan Nöteberg explained the Pomodoro Technique. Despite the fact that it was about a technique that can be used to cope with interruptions, his presentation was hilarious. I was roaring with laugher when he pulled a Teletubby out off his rucksack to represent the project manager. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a pomodoro kitchen timer...

  • Dawid Weiss from Poznan University of Technology gave us an insights into Java in high-performance computing. Instead of slides he used one huge image to show all his content and moved, panned and zoomed around the entire presentation. This was quite a dynamic way to do a presentation.

  • Towards the end of GeeCON, Bruno Bossola talked about object orientation for non-believers. Why for non-believers? This was because he was mocking us (the audience) all the time, which earned him a few laughs. He was really funny, and he was right: Persistence and frameworks are not that important. However, requirements and domain models are. In a nutshell, proper object oriented analysis and design are relevant. We have forgotten what OO really stands for.


Unknown said...

Thank you very much for your post about GeeCON! It is really great that someone from abroad has enjoyed our conference!

Hope to see you next year!


Peter Kofler said...

It was my pleasure. I know it's hard work to organise such events. Your effort is appreciated. You did a great job. Keep it going! Cheers

basetta said...

Quite interesting also your slides regarding IT Systems for
Knowledge Management. Pitty there is not the speech attached :)

Peter Kofler said...

You are right. This style of slides (just containing images and single words) is next to useless if you did not attend the talk and there is no audio/transcript. I managed to get a recoding for my software qa lecture, but this time I was so nervous that I forgot to set it up. ;-)

Peter Kofler said...

Yesterday I uploaded a few pictures taken at the GeeCON to Flickr. Have fun!