QCon San Francisco 2008 - Impressions

Age Mooij

Last year I came back from QCon San Francisco filled with new ideas. DSLs were clearly going to rule the world so I'd better start using them any chance I got. No surprise then that I was back for more this year, hoping to find out about the hottest new bleeding edge trends. Unfortunately the first two days were slightly disappointing. I did visit some interesting cloud computing introduction talks and Kent Beck's talks were pretty funny, but nothing really blew me away.

Luckily the last day was more like it. Here are some impressions of what's hot and what's not:

- Relational databases are very uncool (or "unkuu" as Kent Beck's son would apparently put it)
- Alternative storage solutions like CouchDb, AtomServer, and Neo4J are very hot.
- Google's BigTable and MapReduce are very influential and lots of innovative new projects are based on them.
- Everything should have a RESTful API.

There were a lot of interesting sessions on friday but the best two were definitely:

- Unshackle your Domain, a DDD session that talked about some very interesting domain modeling techniques. See Erik's blog for more info on that session.
- AtomServer - The Power of Publishing for Data Distribution. These guys not only discussed a very interesting RESTful data storage solution, they were also very entertaining and their new dating site http://www.AnyoneWillDo.com/ will undoubtedly be very successful.

All in all it was very much worth it coming to San Francisco this year and hopefully I'll be back for more inspiration next year.

Comments (4)

  1. Emil Eifrem - Reply

    November 25, 2008 at 11:21 am


    Thanks for mentioning Neo4j. Unfortunately, all your "alternative storage" links point to Couch!

    In other news, had I known that Xebia was at QCon I would've made sure to meet you guys. I saw your presentation about distributed Scrums at JAOO and was thoroughly impressed with your company's achievements and its culture. Owell, next conference!



  2. Nystagmus - Reply

    November 25, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    The first five links all go to couchdb :-/

  3. Erik Rozendaal - Reply

    November 26, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Fixed the links. Too bad we didn't get to meet you, Emil. Maybe next time?

  4. Age Mooy - Reply

    November 26, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks Erik. That #%#^ WordPress editor obviously did not do what I thought it did 🙂

    I know we'll be at QCon London 2009 doing the same talk (or something similar) as at JAOO. And some of us will undoubtedly also be at JAOO and QCON SF again. So see you next year !

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