DevConnections 2005 Las Vegas was an interesting week. After spending the past five days attending excellent conferences, dealing with nausea and other unmentionable conditions during breaks, and fighting to find an Internet connection, my body and mind are both exhausted.
This conference was enjoyable and informative, hosting some of the best database and programming minds in the world. According to my mental notes, I met colleagues from twelve different states and at least three different nations. I got the scoop on ASP.NET 2.0 and SQL Server 2005, and I acquired copies of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005. I even managed to find time to gamble a little. However, though my overall impression of the conference was positive, I found it a little disappointing when compared to the SQL PASS conference I attended in September. Perhaps my perception is influenced somewhat by my painful GI issues this week, but if I had to choose between the two, I would likely pick the PASS conference over DevConnections.
Of course, Las Vegas was great as usual, though it’s a little disappointing to go alone. I have been to Vegas several times during the past few years, but this was the first time I’ve gone by myself. I did manage to find a few Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments and make some new friends along the way, but it wasn’t quite the same. I flew my wife out here on Thursday night and showed her the sights. Since she’s never been here before, I got to be her tour guide for all things Vegas.
As the lights of Las Vegas disappear in the con trail behind me, I reflect on my trip this week. The conference was good but not great, the gambling was mediocre, and my wife’s visit here was refreshing. I’m looking forward to getting back home and into my regular routine, spending time with my son, and finally getting some downtime.