Sessions I attended ...
- Working with Rules Engines - Venkat Subramaniam
- Effective Teams (the dirty little secret) - Bruce Tate
- Automating Business Value with FIT and FITness - David Hussman
- Eclipse RCP - Scott Delap
- NetKernel : XML Processing for the 21st Century - Brian Sletten
- Google Web Toolkit - David Geary
- Spring Web Flow - Ben Hale
- Greasing the wheels of JAVA with Groovy - Scott Davis
- Eclipse projects you might not know about - Derek Lane
The Good stuff ...
- Attendees - a good mix of beginners and veterans
- Speakers - a good mix of presentation styles across presenters. I was able to refine my list of what I consider to be an engaging, valuable, presentation style.
- Full Electronic copies of the slides were provided in advance to help attendees decide which sessions to attend.
The Surprising stuff ...
- A majority of the presenters had powerbooks/macbooks.
- Ipods and an Xbox 360 were raffled off.
- Food was provided.
- Learning other programming languages (Ruby/Groovy/etc), ala the Pragmmmers' Knowledge Portfolio advice.
- Finding ways to deliver value beyond heads-down programming (customer interaction, business knowledge/value)
As a conference focused entirely on technical sessions, I found NFJS to be a superb value. I got quite a bit out of it, and the fact that it was available locally was a bonus (saving travel expenses).