DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper II – Summary

Well, the second DDD day has come and gone – and I think I can safely say from everyone I’ve talked to, it was a great success. My thanks go out to all of you for making it such a great event. If you were there, and haven’t yet given feedback on the event, do it now at http://www.developerday.co.uk/ddd/feedback2.asp to help us make the next one even better (and as a speaker, it would be really useful to get some idea as to what I really need to work on).

I was pretty nervous giving my AJAX in ASP.NET presentation (especially considering the room was packed out, with over 100 people there), but I think it went down well, despite a few technical difficulties with the first demo! Apologies to those of you who turned up in the afternoon only to find it had been moved into a morning slot – but I’ve now put my slides up; you can grab them from here. Any problems, let me know.

Thanks also to Sarah Blow for arranging an excellent dinner following the event – it was very much enjoyable!

4 thoughts on “DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper II – Summary”

  1. No need to thank me. You guys all make the evening not me. All I did was book the venue and set up the wiki… the rest just organises itself… that”s the joy of the wiki. (so long as the people on the list turn up and don”t swap and change at the last minute grrr… ) 😉

    Well done with your presentation, by all accounts it was great. Don”t worry about that first demo, these things happen. Hey worst case it could have been your laptop that died! You handled it all very well. Keep up the good work and I look forward to catching up with you again soon.

    Sarah

  2. I was very impressed with your presentation. It is only your second I understand. Well done! It was much better than my second development presentation. I joined ToastMasters to help me improve. If you think there are aspects that you need to work on then TM is a good route to take if there is a chapter in your area. One thing I do is to watch the video afterwards or look at photos that people took. to see if there are area for improvement. My problem is that I have a tendency to look at my notes and therefore looking down at the paper or laptop rather than at the audience – This is not something you seemed to be doing. You had good eye contact with the audience throughout your presentation.

    Phil Winstanley has already posted some photos including a few from your session if it helps. http://www.flickr.com/photos/plip/sets/1195110/

  3. Just to add…. A live coding demo is very brave – and I think it is one of the best ways to get the audience to learn what you are presenting. It encourages audience interaction, especially when you make the odd typo and you are wondering why it won”t compile or the output looks wrong. The fact that people in the audience are shouting out suggestions means that your talk is interesting and they are attentive. This is a technique I”m going to try and use in a presentation next year.

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