Just came home from a very interesting conference a couple of days ago. I still feel a bit jet lagged after the long trip over the atlantic ocean from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but it was really worth the effort.
Fort Lauderdale was greeting us with a comfortable wintery weather with temperatures at around 25°C so it was very refreshing to take a walk outside during the lunch breaks.
The conference was hosted by No Fluff Just Stuff whose conferences aim to be stuffed with as much information as possible without the usual exhibition and advertisements seen at many other conferences. I think they have a really good concept there, which makes it easier to connect with fellow software engineers without worrying about what they are selling.
The Rich Web Experience is a conference aimed at web client development in all it forms; browser web applications, mobile web applications, native mobile apps etc etc. It was this year colocated with the Project Automation Experience where the focus was more on build systems, CI, cloud computing etc.
Since I have a big interest in client development, most of the sessions I attended were from the Rich Web Experience.
I also had a quick after session chat with Dylan Schiemann, co-founder of Dojo Toolkit which was really inspiring. He said they are working on a new Grid component for Dojo called dgrid which sounded very interesting. It is designed to be more light-weight and way faster than previous grids to fit even into mobile devices.
I can really recommend the RWX 2012 if you are interested in client development.
Some links for the interested reader to look more at:
http://maqetta.org/ – WYSIWYG editor for HTML5, looks interesting at first glance
http://www.dartlang.org/ – Google’s new language for the web
http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/device/orientation/ – How to code mobile applications that make use of device motion tracking (accelerometer etc).
https://github.com/SitePen/dgrid – Home of the Dojo dgrid project
http://www.jboss.org/errai – A framework for building GWT applications.