Last week was both JSConf and NodeConf in Portland, OR and it was absolutely epic. I spend all year looking forward to the various Portland conferences, but this year happened to also be my first JSConf.us, the first ever NodeConf and a lot of thick bacon. If you aren’t aware of that term, it has become a great way to gauge the accumulated awesomeness regarding the quality of experience at a conference. I believe this was coined at one of the previous JSConfs and I have found it to be a useful addition to my vocabulary.
The opening party was populated with people dressed in amazingly authentic looking pirate costumes, many with a full size macaw parrot on their shoulder of differing and impressive colors. This party was sponsored by Zappos, included a great pirate band, many fantastic local beers and they simultaneously ran a super fun twitter based prize contents. Towards the end of the night I won one of their awesome prize bags, which included an 8 bit green gameboy pocket (with tetris, super mario and metroid 2). This brilliant little old game device has been receiving a lot of attention at my house this week, somehow it is still incredibly addicting and fun to play. Way to go Zappos! I will continue buying nearly all my clothes through you..
The other unrelated thing I learned while at JSConf was that John Resig left Mozilla to build the community at the Khan Academy. I had never heard of the Khan Academy before, but I think it’s fair to say that I will probably re-learn everything I learned in college and more watching his videos over the next few years. Sounds like an awesome gig, and I wish him the best — I did find his Reddit AMA kind of amusing and totally bizarre – Mozilla is going to miss him.
I wish I had time to write an overview of all the JSConf talks, but to sum it all up quite crudely: Cloud9 and skywriter are the bomb, I think we will see more “learn how to program” tools in the browser with JS in the future (which is great) like waterbear. Also, apparently people care about putting JS on mobile devices — who knew?
As for NodeConf — this community knows that it needs to mature, and fast — so there was a huge emphasis on how to run big production systems on node, how to debug it and how to test it. I can’t wait to see the fallout from that day of collaboration.
I wanted to thank everyone for the great input on what I’m working on, and the ideas and feedback for Sauce Labs — I am taking all of it very seriously and am working on turning them into action items. For those of you two simply told me that you love Sauce and to keep doing what we are doing — I appreciate the boost!
I took a lot of amazing photos, and I will be going through those this weekend – so stay tuned for a link to the photo album. And if you missed my Jellyfish talk, I will be doing it again at this years Open Source Bridge – June 21-24 back up in Portland, OR.