Briefly, day 1 of NFJS St Louis was good. Great to see some old faces but I was surprised by the number of new faces in the crowd.
My favourite part of the conference is the inspiration: in each talk, I come out with some ideas for the blog, both serious and spoofs. Often, I also emerge with a hunger to study up on some topic.
Highlights of the day included:
- Another great keynote by Scott Davis (theme: applying the book "How to Lie With Statistics" to open source and IT)
- A good, solid "meat and potatoes" comp sci talk -- replete with the big-O notation! -- on Collections/Data structures by Alex. Java 5 and 6 have added some interesting new stuff to Collections. If you blithely type
List list = new ArrayList();without much thought, this is a must-see.
- An interesting session on open-source licensing. I wonder if they cover licenses in schools these days. They should. (Trivia: did you know that Bill Joy innovated the BSD License circa 1977? That guy was destined to be a major influence.)
It was a delightful moment. I'll offer to take their pic if I can find them again during the weekend.