It’s already two days ago, that SoCraTes is over and there is still this cosy feeling that it left. It was one of those memorable conferences that you know you wanna return to. Oh, an un-conference it was! And that’s the point, it was not the “one (wo)man standing and telling you the truth” conference. It was a “kick off a topic and let’s all see where it goes” conference. No speakers announced before, no fixed topics – just software craftsmanship as a rough framing.
A BarCamp is just the same concept. Every morning you have an empty grid with rooms and time slots which want to be filled. And they get filled, by all the attendees. And after 1h or less you have a schedule that offers something for everyone. See the schedule for day1. It was hard to select which session to go to. Not only because of all the interesting topics but also because you knew that every session would engage you. If not, the law of two feet said that you just carry yourself somewhere else.
Of course the hot topics were around people and crafting software. But also swimming, biking, running, watching stars, music and various kinds of gaming were done. And all just because someone kicked it of and people joined. I think every conference should be this style, it’s way more engaging and also encouraging people to take part, which makes it so valuable.
I did only learn
Hacking with JS test frameworks
Funny enough I had been working on integrating mocha and jasmine into TDDbin over the last days and therefore felt I can contribute. Since the Agora project already uses mocha that was the way to go. And it felt right. Cool, so let’s use it. And I guess the rest I have to put into a separate blog post, I can see this getting out of hand :).
If you care about your craft and want to get better at it, go to SoCraTes 2015!
Thanks to all the team behind this conference and all attendees who made it so outstanding. Find out more on twitter.com/socrates_2014.