I spent this week presenting some fairly deep and technical sessions on the Web Services Specs at the Colorado Software Summit
in Keystone, Colorado (approx 9500 feet above sea level). As always, this has been a very good week. The people that attend this event (general attendees and speakers alike) are an extremely talented bunch. This is not a marketing event, rather, it is a conference packed full of technical people sharing ideas and learning from each other. There were sessions on a wide range of topics around the general theme of Java, XML, Web Services, Open Source and standards. As a speaker this is the most stressful event I attend. I say this not in any way to be negative. Rather, given the level of ability of the audience, as a speaker you have to really be on your game and you have to prepare a lot of material. Each speaker is required to present two 90-minute talks. Each talk is repeated three times (so six in all). An additional challenge is learning not to walk around the place too briskly as the air is noticably thinner at this altitude.
I am very grateful to all the people that attended my sessions for sticking with me. In my two 90-minute slots, I covered a lot of material. We also had some really good exchanges and discussions during the sessions and during the breaks. I'll put up some separate posts on some of the specific technical topics at another time. I also managed to find some time to attend some other sessions. In particular I attended a really great session on building Web Services using Eclipse, presented by Arthur Ryman. I also attended some very good sessions that discussed things like AJAX, E4X and Apache Axis. These sessions were given by Paul Freemantle. I wish I could have attended more sessions but between giving my own talks six times and taking part in lots of breakout discussions I just ran out of time. I'll just have to come back next year. I have already marked my calendar.