Last day of devLINK… I started off in Open Spaces, giving John Kellar and Leanna Baker live feedback on the conference.  It was great to hear how planning worked this year, and I gave them some suggestions for next year.

After giving feedback on the conference, I was off to the Mobile Smackdown.  First of all, Mobile Smackdown is the brainchild of my friend Jeff Blankenburg.  I’ve seen other versions of this at CodeMash and StirTrek, so I was curious to see how the devLINK version would be.  Add to it that I wanted to see how my friends Ben (on Android) and Sam (on Windows Phone) would fare, and I was curious to see John‘s approach to iPhone.  Little did I know, this was John Baker’s first time in front of a group – in my honest opinion, for the first time around, he did an amazing job.  It’s one thing to present in front of a group and totally different to live code in front of a group.  Ben was about one line of code away from finishing in the allotted 15-minute time period. Sam had it all written and just needed to run the code. John still had a feature to add.  I enjoyed seeing the Mobile Smackdown and seeing the different platforms.  It reminded me…

  • Windows Phone – C# – This makes sense.
  • Android – Java – Hey, I can read that! Maybe one day I could write it again…
  • iPhone – Objective C – Um… not a chance.  Reminded me sorta of my C++ days.  Don’t think I’d go back along that route.

Now that I’m on my own, I can finally look into building my Windows Phone apps that I’ve wanted to build for awhile.  But I gotta give the Windows Phone Mobile Smackdown veterans –  Samidip Basu, Jeff Fansler, and Jeff Blankenburg – a lot of credit.  That would be nerve-wracking to be live coding in front of a large group.   However, it did inspire me to get moving on some of these apps.

After Mobile Smackdown, a group of us caught lunch at Niko’s Southside Grill.  I had the avgolemono and stuffed grape leaves, which were delicious.

After lunch, I caught a couple more sessions.  Seeing StudioShell in action in Jim Christopher‘s presentation gave me some food for thought. It’s neat to see navigation of Visual Studio projects with PowerShell.  I also caught Kevin Griffin‘s jQuery Mobile talk, which showed how simple it was to use attributes to easily create a mobile version of a website.

By the end of Kevin’s session, I was truly exhausted.  I stopped at Chattanooga Cupcakes, based on a friend’s recommendation.  The red velvet cupcake I had was delicious, and I picked up a peanut butter & chocolate cupcake for another friend.  After cupcakes, I headed over to St. John’s Meeting Place to meet up with some friends for dinner.  Their Caprese salad with fresh heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella that melted in my mouth was to die for.

After dinner, I figured I’d get things on their chargers and start packing.  Instead, I fell asleep as soon as I made it back to my room.  I think the exhaustion of the week finally caught up with me.

Overall, it was a great week.  I learned a lot of stuff that I can apply to my new adventures.  I enjoyed my time with new and old friends, especially those who I only see at these events.  I look forward to devLINK 2012 and what lies ahead!