The presentations throughout the remainder of the conference ranged in their relevance to my own work. Even the less obviously applicable topics contained kernels of useful information though: approaches to problems, methods of code construction, best practices and useful programs, libraries and frameworks. Some of the talks tended toward the anecdotal while others were far more technical in nature, diving straight into complex code examples that were way over my head.
On a side note, though I did enjoy mingling with the many friendly and intelligent attendees, I was faced with one disappoinment: of the 100 seats on the floor, only 6 or 7 of them had women sitting in them. I was expecting a disparity in the number of male and female conference-goers, but not quite that drastic a difference. I know that female programmers make up more than 10% of the field, and it was a shame to see a better representation at what was really a great conference. Maybe next time there will be more of us…