NDC London 2019 managed the impossible by being even better than last year.
How is that possible? Everything just seemed more ++. The facilities, the choice of food, snacks and beverages, the
Sure sometimes the lines for food were long during the traditional lunch hours and the halls were very busy but you could always find a place to talk or pull out your laptop.
I attended 21 talks during the three days and I took away at least one thing from each one that is going to make me a better developer.
This year there were many talks that were focused on the life of the developer and the nonsense that he or she finds themselves in. From the shocking state state of agile, to dealing with incompetent managers and finding themselves thrust into leadership roles
The slides used during talks are worth mentioning. One of the things speakers at NDC don’t do is to use them as a crutch or read from them. They are used sparingly and only then to add something to the talk. They are usually innovative in their design or enjoyable to look at. Fortunately both bullet points and Death By PowerPoint presentations are not on the agenda.
My Top four
My favourite talks this year were
- Friday’s key note – Scott Hanselman
- Everything is Cyber-broken – Scott Helme & Troy Hunt
- Leadership Guide for the Reluctant Leader – David Neal
- Insecure Transit – Sam Newman
It is worth keeping an eye on the NDC site so when the videos of the presentations appear I recommend watching these. Scott and Troys talk was not recorded because it was part of the after show party.
My Conference Agenda
Keynote: Welcome to the Machine – Hadi Hariri
Reading Other peoples Code – Patricia Aas
Teaching New Tricks – How to enhance the skills of experienced developers – Clare Sudbery
Insecure Transit – Microsoft Security – Sam Newman
Why Your ASP.NET Core application won’t scale – Damian Edwards, David Fowler
Avoiding the Agile Alignment Trap – Mike Long
Hack To The Future – Troy Hunt
ComSci and My Day Job – Rob Conery
Leadership Guide for the Reluctant Leader – David Neal.
Beyond Developer – Dan North
Think like a Trainer: Improving Your Communication Skills – Olivia Liddell
ML.NET for Developers without any AI experience – Lee Mallon
A Practical Guide to Deep Learning – Tess Ferrandez-Norlander
Dot Net Rocks Live with Christine Yen
Everything is Cyber-broken – Scott Helme & Troy Hunt
Keynote: The Microsoft Open Source Cinematic Universe Phase 2 – Scott Hanselman
Ctrl-Alt-Del: Learning to Love Legacy Code – Dylan Beattie
Versioning 1.0.1 – Jon Skeet
Solving Diabetes with an Open Source Artificial Pancreas – Scott Hanselman
Crash, Burn, Report – Scott Helme
Deep Learning in the world of little ponies – Galiya Warrier
The perfect end to a perfect conference
I got to meet two of my programming heroes…