On April 10th I had a chance to make it out to BarCamp Harrisburg 2 in Pennsylvania. This one was hosted in the illustrious Harrisburg University building and had some great state-of-the-art equipment for all of our geeking needs.
A few of the sessions
There were some excellent sessions at the BarCamp — covering everything from social media to exercising via gaming.
Kris Walker gave us a nice talk on rapid application development with your browser. We looked into the differences between building for closed platforms vs. building for browsers, and how browser-based applications are such a rich medium for standards development. Taking a brief exploration into HTML 5 and the new ECMAScript standard, we broke down into a discussion group talking about the merits of Flash vs. the HTML 5 video tag.
Following that, we went further on the HTML 5 track where Rich Hauck held a discussion group on what is coming up in HTML 5. Taking points from developers, designers, managers, and marketers, this discussion allowed us to talk about what we liked about the new standard and where we think the industry to going to go with this new flexibility.
There was one session placed on the event board that I just had to go to. In the last session slot of the day, I sat with about 6 other BarCamp-ites as we discussed our favorite exercise mediums in gaming. I'm a Wii Fit fan myself but I got to learn about some open-source Dance Dance Revolution-esque software available on the PC that looked pretty cool. All you need to do is get a pad and you're good to go.
On another note, I must say that the t-shirts for the BarCamp this year were some of the best I have ever seen. Reminiscent of our own hack-day designs (Robots FTW!), Mudbrick Creative designed some killer shirts for the event. Kudos go out to them on an excellent design. Oh and before anyone asks, the binary on the shirt actually does mean something (have to love the geek designers): it reads "Destroy". Now who doesn't want to wear a shirt with a killer robot on it?
While at the BarCamp, I had a chance to present a revised version of a YQL talk I have been working on over the period of a few conferences. I didn't get a good enough audio recording to make this into a slidecast, but stay tuned for a later presentation on the topic where I will be sure to snag some audio. For now, the slide deck is available for everyone to peruse.
There were some sessions being recorded, so keep checking the BarCamp Harrisburg site for some upcoming videos. A big thanks to Rich Hauck, Steve Infanti, and Ryan Riley for organizing the great event and for making me feel so welcome. This was definitely a great BarCamp and I'm looking forward to heading out there next year.