Mon Apr 02 2012
Arriving PHX was flawless, the Twilio-sponsored shuttle was there to pick me up from the airport.
After checking-in, it was sunny and mid-70s as a few of us awaited for a friendly volunteer-sponsored shuttle to whisk us over to NotConf in fine style.
This one day event went off without a hitch and was a lot of fun.
Documentation -- but not too much (such as having two sets of docs that makes it unclear which are the definitive ones) and using doc generation tools to make docs part of the process and not manual
Make it easy to contribute to the (library) project. A lot of dependencies for running tests could be one barrier.
My favorite demo was deployd.com who had wired up an iRobot and a maze, and attendees could create a program that navigated the robot through it, complete with leaderboard. This demonstrated their cool "instant backend" for software developers and tinkerers to easily create a RESTful backend with no code -- which in this case was then downloaded to a robot. Their business card says it all with "Join the Backend Liberation Movement".
The closing event was of course outside, where we all wound down with beer, nice conversations, and a local musician who was playing for us in the courtyard. My pale Seattle skin even gained some color and was happy to absorb all that natural Vitamin D.
Thanks to the organizers of NotConf.com -- it was an impressive one-day conference and a great start to JSConf 2012.