Sunday, September 9, 2012

GOTO 2012: The Minus Side

Continuing my look at this years GOTO 2012 program; what's missing? Well, on the one hand it's easy to out point topic after topic that isn't on the program. On the other hand the conference can't and shouldn't include everything under sun. Choices have to made. I get that, and I'm happy that the GOTO program committee does too. I like that GOTO sometimes is a bit opinionated (in fact that one of it's main strengths IMO). I also assume they get lots of "there's not enough XYZ" and are probably sick and tired of it ... but that's what I'll giving here anyway. But I will try to qualify.
Getting the to point there are two things the really strike me as missing from this years program:

  1. Unusual .NET. What I mean by this is content about the large and thriving, but to a lot of devs hidden, eco system of community supported .NET (related) technology. Like Nancy or OpenRasta, or ServiceStack or Dapper or Rebus or MassTransit or ChuckNorris etc. There's enough .NET content on the program for my taste. It's just that it's too mainstream. I think it should be more challenging. The danish .NET community is very strong and very knowledgeable. We need and expect a challenge from GOTO. 
  2. Ruby. GOTO is a cross platform, cross community conference. That's another one of it's main strengths. But when I went through the program I saw only one talk with any relation to Ruby: Karl Krukow Calabash talk - which really isn't Ruby oriented at all, but since Calabash supports Cucumber syntax, there's some sort of link to Ruby. I think this is both a pity and strange: The danish Ruby and Rails communities is alive and kicking as far as I can tell form the outside, but with the current program Rubyinst or Railsist would have I hard time justifiying coming to GOTO. Which is a shame, since that makes the conference narrower. I would have loved to see DHH give a keynote. I would have loved to get the "what's new in Rails 3.whatisthelatest" talk or a "state of DSLs in Ruby" talk or ... something even more fun that I don't even know is going on in Ruby land.
But hey, these are just peeves about an otherwise great program.