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OSDC2013 and WDS2013 back to back

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend two conferences back to back: Open Source Developer’s Conference 2013 in Auckland, and Web Directions South 2013 in Sydney. Being in a profession where I am sitting in front of a desk all day, going on the road for a week mixed things up quite a bit. Plus, preparing to talk at one added to the stress, and to the lack of sleep. What a great experience though, I have been put through an accelerated learning curve on a diverse range of topics. They ranged from the very technical, such as dissecting the GPU’s role in rendering CSS using layers; to the more fun, such as how to generate a choose-you-own-adventure game in pastebin; to the unexpected such as a crash course on 3D modelling using Blendr.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="650"] Shine Principal Adam Kierce and UX Lead Sri Elkins celebrate at the awards ceremony[/caption] We're excited and proud to announce that we've won in two categories at the 2013 Australian Mobile Awards! We won an award in the 'Productivity App' category for Teamstuff, an...

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This year July 24-27 I was invited to speak at the first JavaOne conference held in Shanghai, China. Over the four days the conference delivered a concentrated dose of Java and helped me get a good overview of the current state of Java across all versions. It also showed that the divide between where Oracle thinks Java is going and the reality as I see it day-to-day is getting bigger, with Oracle selling the image of a bright future for Java where I see Java slowly loosing ground against other programming languages.

melbjs MelbJS held an event last Wednesday, and the turnout was amazing in spite of the dreary weather. If I recall rightly, it was the biggest turnout for this event to date. It must have been the impressive line up of speakers:  there were full presentations by Neil Jenkins, James A Rosen, and Ryan Seddon, and a couple of lightning talks by Tommy-Carlos Williams and Mark Brown. In this post I'm going to cover a couple of talks that I found interesting.