Barcamp Brighton 3 – Fun at the Uni

Last Weekend, right after the dConstruct conference, Brighton hosted the popular Barcamp unconference for the third time.

The crowd gathered in the cosy rooms of Falmer House in the University of Sussex. A lot of faces looked familiar as at least 50% of them been to dConstruct and the glorious YDN/BBC Backstage powered afterparty just a few hours before.

After the traditional welcome round, where everybody shortly introduced and tagged themselves, the sessions started. On the 2 days over 50 different sessions in 9 parallel slots offered a wide variety of different topics. Most of them can be found on the barcampbrighton3 backnetwork.

Two of the presentations I found particularly interesting and useful were:

Marc Tobias Kunisch allowed CSS Developers a peak on what's already possible in the new browser generations in his talk:"Beyond IE6: CSS in latest browser versions", taking a look at which CSS features are supported in latest webkit nightly builds, Firefox 3.1 and IE8 beta. The presentation is online at http://marctobiaskunisch.com/beyondIE6/.

Robert Lee-Cann gave a beginner's guide to version control with Git entitled "Git's the way to do it!" that convinced us all that we should manage our code in a distributed way from now on and nobody wants to merge branches in SVN anymore ;-) Online at: http://thirtylime.com/barcampbrighton3/.

The other thing, besides high quality information, that made Barcamp Brighton 3 a lot of fun, was of course what happened after the first day of talks: the inevitable and indispensable night of party, interesting chats and games of Semantopoly, CSS Specificity Memory and Werewolf.

A special thank you goes out to the organizers who made it possible again to celebrate for 2 days in a great venue with very good catering and a rock solid wifi.

Check out the photos of Barcamp Brighton 3 on Flickr.

Dirk Ginader
Web Developer, Yahoo! Europe