We’re finally home from CodeMash 2008. It was great, but I’m glad to be back home to my own house and my own bed… even if the house was 53 degrees when we got here. All the sessions were great, although there were a couple "Beuhler…. Beuhler" moments there. Probably the most grueling part of the CodeMash event is that initial 14-1/2 hour Thursday. If next year’s event is expanded to three days as was mentioned as a possibility to the crowd, then I think they need to make sure that the first night has a dinner, and the second night has the party.
I love this event. It’s been great both years, and I hope it continues into the future. My suggestion for how to expand the event if it is to be expanded is basically to add an "experts" track in which the sessions are deeper dives for people who are already familiar with their topics. Unfortunately, I don’t know how well this fits in with the CodeMash ethos of trying to expose developers to other developers’ worlds. I can’t expect a Ruby programmer to join in on a heavy-duty WCF session. On the other hand, I don’t expect people to be experts in all areas, either. I certainly wouldn’t have gone to an expert-level workflow foundation session this year… I just don’t have the exposure yet for it to be meaningful. But it would be nice to have the option to take at least one of my sessions and hit something I’ve already been exposed to in greater detail.
I’m looking forward to next year already.