Austin Code Camp 2013 Review

Posted on August 20th, 2013 by Fernando Zamora

It’s been a couple of days since the Austin Code Camp 2013. It was a great turn out. Overall around 200 plus coders, eager to hear about the latest trends, attended. Here are a few thoughts that I’d like to share regarding Austin Code Camp.

It’s Free

Code Camp is Free for attendees. It is rare that you can get a free conference with this level of quality for free. For example, we had Eric Lawrence the creator of Fiddler and author of the accompanying book for it, as a speaker. His comment was that this was the first conference he had spoke at, where the entrance fee was not $1000.00 plus.

Overall there was approximately 6 classes going on simultaneously for about six sessions. So there was approximately 30 classes all in all. ALL FREE!

Topics Covered

One my favorite reasons for attending Code Camp each year is because I get to hear about the new hot topics in the development community. Also, it gives me an idea of the current trends in the development field. Among the topics covered were:

  • SQL Server
  • Refactoring
  • IoC with Dependency Injection
  • Single Page Applications
  • TypeScript
  • etc..

You can get the full list at the Code Camp’s official website.

Useful Resources

If you couldn’t attend, here is a list of useful resources that I took from the conference.

  • twilio
  • Twilio provides a quick and easy api for text messaging and phone calls. Their api helps you integrate text messaging and phone calls into your web applications.

  • Durandal

    Durandal is a Single Page Application (SPA) framework. If you haven’t been keeping up with this current trend of SPAs, you need to really to get out more often. Here is a link to start you off: Important Considerations When Building Single Page Web Applications

  • Fiddler
  • Many of you may already know about fiddler and maybe have even used it. Maybe you know about the tools in the browser. I can’t even attempt to cover all the features of fiddler. All I can say is that I didn’t realize how powerful a tool it really was. Fiddler can do much more than monitor http traffic. I know one thing. I am going to be picking up a book soon.

  • User Group TV

    You can catch up on a few of the session on User Group TV. Sean Weisfield does a great job recording the sessions. He does all this as his side job so he doesn’t have a full staff and therefore is not able to record all of the sessions. Go check it the site and catch up on some good coder sessions, not just from this code camp but from other user group sessions.

Conclusion

This post does not do code camp justice in terms coverage. So I encourage you to go see for your self at next year’s Austin Code Camp 2014.

2 Responses to Austin Code Camp 2013 Review

  • Cindy Gaddis
    August 21, 2013

    Fernando,

    Thanks again for keeping my brain actively engaged; GREAT stuff that I should’ve read before diving into web construction again! You’re absolutely correct about not keeping up – it sure doesn’t take long.

    Keep the great information coming – thanks again!

    Cindy

    • Fernando Zamora
      August 29, 2013

      You are welcome Cindy. My pleasure.

      Fernando

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