The highlights of the conference for me, besides having our very own Object Partners sponsor booth:
Functional Language meshing – It feels like the new hot languages in each ecosystem are leveraging very similar language constructs and functional paradigms. It’s more than a little amazing that Groovy, TypeScript, F#, and Swift have evolved from different backgrounds into quite similar high-level ideas, philosphies, and even syntax. Probably a topic for another blog post.
Community Buzz – The dev community in Omaha and Lincoln has such an exciting and welcoming feel to it right now. Just a good time to be a part of the environment here. So many talented people doing amazing things. This was shown well in a LocalOmaha session on growing the community from Sandi Barr and Matt Payne.
Groovy sessions – Scott Hickey from Object Partners led a couple of groovy talks. One that introduced people to Groovy that were new to the language. Another, smaller hands-on functional programming Groovy Kata session where the entire group learned new techniques and styles to functionally solve problems.
The sessions I missed – With so many talks going on at once, I missed more than a few that I wish I could have seen. From Docker, to Ruby, to Swift, to so many more (yes, even F#). One that stands out that I missed was the “Tranducers Explained” talk from Kevin Beaty. That’s one that I’ll have to revisit in the slides.
Also a big thanks to everyone who attended my JHipster and Spring Boot session! I’m a huge fan of JHipster so definitely check it out if you need to jumpstart an AngularJS + Java project that includes all of the client-side build tools too.
Nebraska.Code() Conference 2015 was a success! Thank you to Ken Versaw and Adam Barney for organizing and throwing a great conference.