I attended my first Code Camp this past weekend. Overall, it was a great experience, although for a few reasons you might not expect. I learned a little about new .NET features, but the biggest benefit for me was the networking. My code community, for the most part, revolves around Mailtrust. Through Code Camp, blogging, and Twitter (I will blog on this later, since you might remember my last Twitter post) I have joined a community of developers much larger than Mailtrust’s.
This is a good thing.
With that being said, I did really enjoy learning a few things.
WPF is pretty wild, especially with Blend. Let designers design interfaces directly, and developers just make it work. This isn’t the first time this concept has been tried out, but it works pretty damn well from what I saw.
PEX and Code Contracts - Good concepts (but some things I didn’t like)
What could be improved on?
More code. Powerpoint should be banned.
It was a great experience though. I am looking forward to more RVNUG involvement, as well as my next Code Camp.