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BarCampPhilly part 2

Arpit led another session about how and when to use Flash in an Ajax world. One of the attendees was a Microsoft Silverlight manager and was a solid hour of dispelling myths about RIA in general. There is still a large population that thinks Flash/Silverlight are bad for SEO and not enough people know of Adobe’s recent collaborations with Google and Microsoft, including project Ichabod that makes Flash more indexable than Ajax (some details here: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/adobe_ichabod_flash_ajax.php). We also talked about how the RIA vs traditional html choice is often made unconsciously before the IA/Design phase and what we need to do in order to help inform that choice. Arpit is going to have a conversation later with a manager from Microsoft concerning Rich Internet Application development in Philadelphia.

Kevin Fitzpatrick led an afternoon session about “Getting your Ideas Out” that was standing room only by the time the session began. Kevin’s premise was simple: You have more to worry from your idea never seeing the light of day than from it being stolen and used by someone else. He encouraged the attendees to put their ideas out as soon as they could and leverage the community to shape it to its final form. While the session was limited to an hour, the excitement in the room could have easily kept the discussion going for hours.

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BarCampPhilly was a success!!

The BarCamp happened yesterday and Philly’s brightest and most enthusiastic ‘interative media’ professionals came out in force.  Barcamp is a type of grass roots conference setup by the people bottom up rather then by a company top down.

I talked a lot, learned a lot, drank a lot and made some friends in the process.

Each session exceeded my expectations in different ways.  My talk on the how we build and operate http://www.comcast.net was very well received and it was very telling to step up from the weeds and view this creation with my peers.  As much as we need to move forward sometimes we at CIM forget how far we have come.  Since this was an untelevised, ego and marketecture free event we openly discussed what we did right and wrong. Having this talk with people that live through this grind every day is very different then having it with people that learned the ‘right way to build websites’ from books or blogs.

“Don’t hire legacy developers, kill legacy systems”

–My quote of the session

You guys really work hard, Comcast should hire more developers.

–Audience quote of the session

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