Last week we were out in Montreal, Quebec for the Confoo.ca Conference. This conference tied in many M technology groups under one roof - PHP Québec, Montréal-Python, Montréal on Rails, W3Qc and OWASP Montréal - all congregating at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Montreal. From what they told us, the conference had: 500 session proposals, 100 speakers, 130 sessions, and 250 visitors over a three-day period.
While I was out there I gave a few presentations on some of the great technology coming out of Yahoo. On Friday I ran through a talk on "Browser MVC with YQL and YUI," highlighting the highly extensible nature of YQL to accept design patterns such as MVC and visualization and controller capabilities built into technologies such as YUI. This is a screencast with the presentation as the audio overlay - if you missed the talk then you can catch it below.
The other talk I gave (on Wednesday afternoon) "Foundations of a Social Application Platform", had to do with some of the core technologies behind social platforms like YAP, MySpace and Facebook. This is a look in from the perspective of a developer and is taken from the years of work we've invested in developing applications on many social networks. Below are the slides from the presentation (screencast coming shortly):
There was a great keynote covering HTML5 by Mark Pilgrim of Google. He included a lot of great links, tips and overview slides to whet our appetites on what we can do now with HTML 5. I'll go through all of those goodies in my next blog post (coming soon).
Diving into the innards of SQL and the uses of EXPLAIN we had an expert presentation from Sheeri Cabral of Pythian on "Bending Queries to Your Will with EXPLAIN" (A.K.A Optimizing Queries with EXPLAIN). These are some great slides for all you database administrators out there.
I can't dive into all of the talks that were given but if more information is what you're looking for then take a look at these links:
- Confoo Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/confoo
- Tweets About Confoo: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=confoo
- Slide Downloads for Sessions: http://confoo.ca/en/download
We had a great time at Confoo. I wanted to give a special thanks to all of the organizers and groups who made it possible.
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