X Conference is a small event that has been taking place in Kalamazoo, Michigan for three years, and it’s one of my favorites. I love the theme of the event, which is about improving developer soft skills, as opposed to most events which are focused on technologies. In the last two years I’ve heard talks on subjects like self-branding, community involvement, developer education, interviewing, and body language. Last year I also heard one of my all-time favorite talks by one of my favorite speakers, Alan Stevens. His talk, entitled “Does Your Code Tell A Story,” was just brilliant. The format also works very well: a single-track of 30-minute talks. It creates a great environment for conversations between talks, during lunch, and after the conference because everyone has heard all the same content. I can’t recommend this event enough. If you care about becoming a better developer, you need to get to this conference.
May 31, 2011