My Adventures in Coding

June 17, 2010

UberConf 2010

Filed under: Conferences,UberConf 2010 — Brian @ 1:11 pm

Attending UberConf

Attending UberConf

This week I had the great opportunity to attend UberConf 2010 in Denver Colorado. This is primarily a JVM platform focused conference, but still has a variety of topics outside of the JVM such as iPad development, Agile, and Design Patterns. Also the conference has a good focus on alternative languages on the JVM such as Scala, Clojure, JRuby, and Jython.

The keynote speaker at the conference was Cliff Click, the chief JVM architect. He gave a great opening speech on concurrency in the JVM. I also really enjoyed attending several other talks presented by Cliff at UberConf.

I was very excited this week to have the opportunity to attend a Scala Workshop put on by Venkat Subramaniam whole wrote the book “Scala Programming“. I also had the opportunity to attend his “How to Approach Refactoring” talk which was also excellent.

I finished off the week by attending a talk put on by Stuart Halloway on the programming language Clojure. Stuart also authored the book “Programming Clojure“. It was a fun three hour introduction to a very interesting programming language. Stuart left us with a number of exercises and examples to work from to continue learning the language on our own. The language is a strange mental shift to make which is a good thing.

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