I'm back from the summit and have had a week to digest everything I saw. And now I will share with the top three topics that really stuck with me.
Visual Studio Team Services and ALM
Yeah, I bet you didn't think you'd read about VSO, err..I mean, VS Team Services on my blog, but you are. I'm just as surprised as you are; trust me. Why put this big, bloated piece of software on my list? Because I got to see it working with NodeJS and JVM-based projects and I have to say, what I saw was really impressive.
One of the skills I lack on my resume is a strong understanding of Application Lifecycle Management, or ALM for short. Although I know there are plenty of tools out there, VSTS gives me everything I need for free, with some great tooling.
Did they convince me to look open up my copy of Visual Studio 2015? No. No they didn't. That is staying off, but VSTS is a great stepping stone for me and it might be for you too.
Vorlon.JS is Open Sorcery
No really, it is.
It's amazing, and I'm not talking more about it until I get to talk about it in depth once I get my hands dirty.
Oh, and did I say that it's open source? 'Cause it is.
There is a lot of stuff to get excited about, but my personal favourites are async functions, class properties, Array.prototype.includes, and String padding and trimming functions.
Check it out. Really, it's going to be cool.
Universal Windows Platform, from Raspberry Pi to Web
Project Westminster is really cool. An easy way to bring your web code to a local device, but with UWP your code now works on any Windows 10 device.
Thanks for playing. ~ DW