After much preparation and countless hours refining the talk (and hours of searching Flickr for lolcats and pictures of David Hasslehoff), my presentation was ready and I landed in Portland. I presented at 6pm the first day, unfortunately a bit too late for some attendees that had gone to Pirate Beer Tasting the night before. Nonetheless, 40-50 people that were interested showed up.
After that, I was able to relax and enjoy presentations. I thought a majority of the talks were quite good.
Lastly, I want to mention the node.js speakers interested in scaling node.js, using it in production, making it more performant, or creating real time applications. This is an ever-growing field, and there's really no telling how big it will get.
- the founders of a NYC startup named Nodejitsu (@indexzero and @hij1nx)
- a security expert (@adam_baldwin)
- the creator of a popular server-side DOM implementation jsdom (@tmpvar)
- the organizer of the conference (@voodootikigod)
- Yahoo!'s representative to the W3C (@therazorblade)
- an ex-Yahoo! fellow from Tripit (@haroldliss)
- a Chrome developer advocate and creator of Modernizr (@paul_irish)
- the creator of a fork of JSLint named JSHint (@antonkovalyov)
- a co-creator of jsperf.com (@jdalton)
...and many others.
I felt these were all valuable connections for both myself and Yahoo!, as developer support makes or breaks products and projects, and these guys will be instrumental in feedback or advocacy for our product. I also met people who will able to help me with technical queries (or vice versa), increasing Yahoo!'s overall influence and good will in the community.
I had high hopes for JSConf and they were met in pretty much every sense. Thanks to YDN for helping me live this dream. I'd go back in a heartbeat.