On Friday, November 14th, my family and I made the crazy 720 mile drive to Raleigh, North Carolina for the Code Camp. We left around 5:30am and finally arrived at our hotel around 7pm. The drive itself wasn’t too bad until we hit some major fog somewhere in the southern part of West Virginia/northern part of North Carolina.
After getting settled into our hotel, I headed to the speakers dinner where I hung out for a few hours with James, Justin, Kevin, Jayme, Dave, Nate, Derik, Dugald and many more super-smart developers.
Nate picked me up Saturday morning for the short ride to the venue. I skipped the keynote to check out the open spaces area and catch up with friends I haven’t seen for awhile (Mike Neel and Corey come to mind). Since I was in the 2nd time slot of the day and Alan was giving his talking in the same room during the 1st time slot, I decided to hang out and see what he had to say about the DLR. Due to some hardware issues, he ended up giving his talk on someone else’s system, so some of the demos weren’t quite ready, but overall, it was an outstanding talk. I still don’t “get” what dynamic languages buy me, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out at some point.
My “Introduction to Castle ActiveRecord” talk went extremely well. I had some excellent questions and it appears I inspired at least a few people to take a deeper look at Castle ActiveRecord. Since that was the final event of the year for me, I’m going to find the time to screencast the session and post it.
The open spaces turned out really well. The venue itself kinda sucked and the open spaces room required some reconfiguration, but the topics were solid and the conversations were top-notch. I was a bit bummed to see the event come to an end because we were involved in a very passionate discussion about software estimation. After the give-aways, a group of us ended up at a small irish pub for dinner and drinks. It was here that the mother of all “name drop” events took place. Between Alan and Rachel, I think I heard more names dropped than at all other events combined.
Around 9pm, a group of us headed over to Jayme’s house where we talked, played some Xbox and hung out. Good times and I really want to thank Jayme and his wife for allowing everyone to come over. Since I knew I had a long drive the next day, Nate and I bailed around midnight.
We left for home around 9:30 Sunday morning and arrived home around midnight. If I attend the next Raleigh Code Camp, I’m going to make sure I extend the trip and extra day or two so I can actually explore the area a bit.