Next week is a big one. Next week will see me sleeping in a hotel, socializing from sunrise to sunset with fellow developers, logging thoughts and code snippets into a digital device, and sharing my knowledge with others by delivering a talk of my own to fellow developers. Yup, I will be attending one of the biggest tech conferences in the nation - Dreamforce. This year, the conference boasts 200+ developer sessions, so picking my session line-up required deep consideration and many trade-offs. What type of session line-up did I end up with? I’ll categorize them here.
The first category of sessions is official Salesforce-prepared sessions. As a Force.com developer and Salesforce partner and consultant, these sessions are somewhat compulsory.
Sessions in the compulsory category that I’ll attend include:
- The 10-Year Evolution of Developers and Salesforce.com
- Administrator Tools for the Future - Platform Roadmap
- Consulting Partner Keynote
- Business is Social - Marc Benioff and Friends
- Keynote: Leadership-Taking Charge with General Colin Powell & GE CEO Jeff Immelt
- Building Mobile HTML5 Applications with Sencha and Force.com
- Creating and Using Visualforce Mobile Components
- A Practical Node.js Tutorial
- Build Your First Node.js App with Force.com
- Make Your Visualforce Pages Responsive
The third and final category of sessions that I will attend have general developer content. There are a few goals for attending these sessions. One is to shed dim light on the boundaries of my knowledge so I can know what I don’t know. The other goal is to see how other Force.com experts are solving universally difficult problems. A stroke of inspiration may be discovered by attending these sessions.
Here is a list of sessions that fall under the general developer category:
- Data Visualization with Web Standards
- Workbench: The API Swiss Army Knife
- Cloud Trivia
- Enterprise Source and Release Management using StratoSource
- Scala: From “Hello, World” to “Heroku Scale”
- Technical Architect Certification - Learn From Our Experts
This concludes the summary of my choice sessions at Dreamforce 2012. I look forward to the conference.