What IT conferences should I budget this year?
April 10, 2012 4:50 PM Subscribe
What IT/programming/technology type conferences should I try to go to this year (June 2012 - June 2013)? I have to come up with a list of 3 by Thursday for my manager!
posted by The Supreme Dominar to technology (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm primarily a software developer who also does some OS X and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server management, and a little bit of Oracle administration (for a vendor app we use; most of my stuff stores its data in MySQL). What language I'm using on any given day depends on what platform I'm developing for:
OS X: C/Objective-C; perl for quick tasks
Linux: PHP, Java, and some Ruby on Rails; perl and bash for quick tasks
Windows: C# and some straight C/C++ with the bare Win32 API
A lot of what I write are "glue" or "integration" programs that help tie our various vendor apps together.
So beyond the obvious (WWDC), where should I go? In previous years I've been to YAPC and ApacheCon. I tried to go to RubyConf but missed the registration deadline (miscommunications on my part). I've been doing a lot of WordPress related stuff this year so a WP internals conference would be dandy (how to write plugins well). Also, if there's some good Oracle training that would be beneficial.
Budget is ~$3000 for registration, hotel, and travel. I work in Higher Education so anything with a bent towards that is good. Other than Oracle, the training type conferences where it's "Here's how to write programs in X language" don't interest me because I'm a good enough programmer to pickup any language I need to in short time. WRT language conferences I'm more interested in "Here's a framework you should be using. Here's major changes that are upcoming. Etc."