DeveloperWeek Austin, the largest developer conference in this area, has grown more than 2x over the inaugural event held last year and took place at the fresh Palmer Events Center. This year’s event had more than 2,000 developers and engineers, over 80 speakers, 100+ workshops, talks and sessions, and 30 exhibitors featuring over 20 product categories of developer & engineering technologies. We saw attendance across executives, engineers, software architects and technical managers from Fortune 500, mid-market and startup companies. We at Sencha were happy to be part of the crowd!
And freshness was in the air, too: the heat of a late fall gave way to what passes for a cold front in Central Texas, where the majority of the DeveloperWeek crowd consumed Texas’ finest in food – mostly Tex-Mex and BBQ, or trade show sandwiches on the exhibit floor.
The real payoff to me, as a Developer, was that these frameworks can interoperate with each other, and that Sencha’s professional-grade, commercially-supported, feature rich Ext JS, ExtReact, (and soon ExtAngular) products make this easy to do. I can take the best of whatever works and turn those into very high-performance web and mobile applications out of the same source code base. I can let Sencha deal with all the different web browsers and rendering engines, and I can focus on my application’s differentiation.
There was too much going on to be able to relate all the interesting vendor exhibits, but seeing location-based services, speech-to-text services, robots, and other technologies just opens the door for enterprises to create applications that can replace enormously expensive “canned applications” from big software vendors with much more flexible, maintainable, and immediately deployable software in a DevOps environment. Finding a new great editor, Froala, and seeing it work with Ext JS and ExtReact was just icing on the cake. Anything to make a Developer’s job easier, faster, and more fun works for me.