Last week, I attended and spoke at Tulsa TechFest. This year had a pretty good turnout thanks to David Walker and all of his volunteers.. With 17 tracks, it is no wonder, this event is reportedly one of the largest community organized tech events. Even cooler that it's in Tulsa, OK. Not only did it bring in people from Tulsa, but it also attracted people from Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri (and probably other places - those are just the places that I met people from). I decided to mix it up this year and check out some sessions other than the SharePoint ones. I caught DotNetMafia's own Kyle Kelin's talk on jQuery along with Chris Patterson's talk on iPhone development. I also caught Caleb Jenkin's talk on Silverlight with Visual Studio 2008. I have to say Caleb has the best looking slide deck of any presenter I have ever seen. No idea how he does it.
Of course, I did hang out in the SharePoint room as much as possible. I was the first speaker in the room and did my new session on Implementing Partial Trust in SharePoint (slides and code available at that link). I also caught the SharePoint Cowboy's talk on High Performance SharePoint Development as well as Jim Hudson's and Richard Oltmann's talk on building fault tolerant SharePoint farms.
All in all, it was a great conference and I had a good time as always. The Beer and Code Meetup was immensely successful. It had a good mix of attendees and speakers. I am pretty sure Caleb taped everything, so no telling what we'll end up seeing on CommunityCast.tv. I think it will be even bigger next year. Maybe next year, we can make it official. :) Looking forward to next year.
Also don't forget that this Thursday is the first SharePint Meetup at Crawpappy's. We'll see you there.