Disclaimer: These are my opinions on what I think I heard the speakers might have said :)
I found out about WebCamp Zagreb conference, and I was lucky enough to
get a ticket. I really liked the format: two parallel lectures every 30
minutes. Since it really was a LOT of information for just one day, here
are my observations on each of the lectures, and what I thought were
the highlights of each presentation:
Marko Dugonjić: gradimo za ljude (eng. We're building for people)
"Start your design from writing use cases, and not design mock-ups (drawings)."
it comes to good design, Marko knows what he's talking about. Starting
your design with words and sentences, rather then with lines and boxes
is something to take seriously into consideration.
Lucijan Blagonić: responzivan web dizajn u praksi (eng. Responsive web design in practice)
"Start designing mobile first."
talked about best practices in responsive design, and how some methods
can help you to design responsive from the beginning of your project.
Vojković: Flask – web framework za one koji vole fleksibilnost (eng.
Flask - web framework for those who like flexibility)
"While you where arguing about Rails vs Django vs Flask a bunch of people shipped with PHP."
gave a nice overview of Flask, but he pointed out that at the end of
the day its not what tool you're going to use, it's how are you going to
Ilija Studen: Active Collab
talked about team organization and how to ship more frequently. This
was all from his experience, and he talked about the solutions they
incorporated that fitted them best. They added a person to their team
that is responsible for recreation of reported bugs, tasks assignments
and reviews of resolved tasks.
Zoran Ugrina: MongoDB – usporedba u odnosu na relacijske baze podataka (eng. MongoDB - comparison with relation databasese)
"Don't use MongoDB in the same way you would use your regular relational database."
tried out MongoDB by trying to replace relational database
functionality. He talked about his experience with this experiment, and
how he thinks MonoDB should be used.
Swizec Teller: Why programmers code at night?
Swizec is writing a book (https://leanpub.com/nightowls)
and his talk was about him doing research for his book and things he
found out about programmers and their life styles. I'd like to point out
just two things he said: 1) Eating fat makes you more sleepy, 2) Start
your day by exercising a bit and not with coffee which has no effect in
Mihai Corlan: PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build
works "out-of-the-box" for everything except iOS, which requires Apple
developers license. Nice tool overall, but its not native code, and I
would really like to see some more complex applications running on
various devices (low-end ones especially).
Aljoša Mohorović: Kako pretjerati s jednostavnom idejom? (eng. How to overextend a simple idea?)
"Cloud platforms are the future, and Heroku is one of the solutions to consider."
talk was a bit hard for me to follow since I didn't pay much attention to Heroku
before. So I did some research later, and I can suggest you do the same.
Bruno Kovačić: Što sve pruža Windows Azure? (eng. What Windows Azure provides?)
get free PHP and MySQL hosting with Windows Azure. Anyone tried to
guess this couple of years ago? :) For everything else, Microsoft is
making sure you get enough content on Azure.
Marko Elezović: Bleeding Edge Syndrom
"Isolate your alpha builds, and thing twice before upgrading to newer alpha."
had a very interesting talk about his experiences with discovering why
the version 0.1.1a isn't working up until 5 in the morning. As
interesting some solutions look and sound, it is not recommended to use
them in a production environment, unless you are so committed that you
will want to fix everything on your own.
Rašić: Tri koraka do boljeg koda: Unit testing, code reviews,
automatizirani build (eng. Three steps to better code: Unit testing,
code reviews, automated builds)
"Start using unit testing,
and set your goal to achieve as much code coverage as you can,
especially if you are new with Test Driven Development."
final presentation was on testing, and in my opinion it was great to
hear first hand on how to start testing your software. Senko talked
about how they introduced unit testing and code reviews where every
developer can review every other developer (it's not based on developers
experience or salary).
I really liked the conference concept,
and that the speakers were actual guys who like to get their hands
dirty. Meeting new people and exchanging experiences is what live
conferences are best at. There are so many materials on-line, but
hanging out with fellow developers and designers really inspires. After
an event like this, all I want to do is go home and code. Can't wait for
the next web camp!