Top 5 sessions of Web 2.0 Expo NY
Yesterday I got back from the Web 2.0 Expo in New York. There were many interesting sessions, and I, for the most part, took notes! Here is a short list of my five favorite speakers, in no particular order:
- Cal Henderson's whirlwind introduction to video on the web. Cal really likes speak really fast, to make typos in his slides and to cuss, all of which makes for a very informative and entertaining hour.
- John Resig's talk about Processing.js, his port of Processing to canvas. I'm constantly dealing with graphics on the web, and it's awesome to have such a powerful library available. Pretty demos, too!
- Jason Fried's short but sweet keynote talk, focusing on minimalism in product management, and proper (read: very narrow) scoping of features. The philosophical question of "what would your software be like if it was physical?" struck me as a very useful thing to think about.
- A browser panel including Chris Wilson from MS, Brendan Eich from Mozilla and an unnamed developer from Chrome responded to a nice set of questions about future directions of browsers. Poor Chris got a beating IE7's flaws, lack of canvas/SVG support, barriers to plugin development for IE.
- Geir Magnusson Jr delivered an excellent introduction to scaling data in the cloud.
I also had the chance to talk to and bounce some ideas off of Pete Koomen, a Google App Engine product manager. He told me that there are plans both for process scheduling, and for support of django-1.0 down the road, but of course gave no time frame for either. Overall, the conference was interesting - there were other good sessions and keynotes which I simply haven't bothered to write up. The crowd wasn't very technical though, comprising in large part designers, marketers and managers.