MAX 2006 in one post

Well since for whatever reason, I got no wifi love from the free AP for MAX, here’s my blow by blow… in one blow.

Day 1,2, and 3

Keynote: Great. Cool stuff. and holy hell, Blue Man Group! That’s cool! The keynote touched on the typical cool things keynotes do. Cool new things in Flash, Photoshop, Fireworks, etc. All very cool. One funny thing. They fire up a mac to show some cool flex stuff. NO ONE made a peep when they fired up the MAC VERSION OF FLEX BUILDER. I looked around to see if any one registered it… If they did, they didn’t make a peep. I was ready to dance in the aisle.

The welcome party on Monday night was cool. Found most of my old coworkers and friends, met some cool folks, like Terry (BTW, congrats on Wharton getting a MACX Award, very dope).  I didn’t stay too long, wanted to go grab dinner with the wife… glad I didn’t eat much, Dave ended up with food poisoning, no bueno

Day one sessions were good. had a really good time in all. Took a peek at MAXUP (thoughts on that below). Unfortunately since this isn’t day by day. I can’t recall what I saw, when I saw it. So here’s what I liked over all three days.

Stephen Websters Cairngorm (cargram) preso. I’ve been using it for a project, but that preso really filled in the gaps for me. I just track down the slides.

The guys at Pattern Park did a good preso on design patterns in AS, but they wasted about 20 minutes on fluff. I know how to make a project in FB, I know what patterns are, i know what UML is. They walked (slowly) through a lot. Once they got to the meat, I was impressed.

The designing more usable apps in Flex, was great! I had to bail before they got to the Flex code, but just the content on design choices and such was worth it!!

The day two keynote was eh. my friends all bailed. Since I don’t do Flash, especially flash game dev. Most of what was said was uninteresting, other than the "oh that’s neat" factor.

Day three keynote, we all skipped to get a nice breakfast at the grand luxe. I like skunkworks stuff and all. But I don’t need to see what is coming after what’s almost here to be jazzed about Flex, CF and Adobe in general. I already am, and don’t want to spend the next 18 months or more wishing X feature was out now.

So MAXUP…

Neat idea, bad idea

mini conference, short topics, barcamp style… cool
a mini conference that takes away from a conference I paid over 2 thousand dollars to attennd, not cool. Why ask people to choose between 15 minutes on a topic that they might like to miss an hour on a topic they paid for?
Maybe if it was just at lunch time..? THat’s be cool. But I couldn’t justify missing a session I paid for to see 15 minutes I wanted and maybe 45 I don’t.

Cool idea, and as a one day affair for free locals would probably eat it up. Even a few unlocals probably.

So that’s what’s on the top of my head.. I may come up with more as I’m doanloading the PDFs of the presos and going over my notes.

5 thoughts on “MAX 2006 in one post

  1. Ted Patrick Post author

    Great points. I think MAXUP would be better done as a standalone low cost/free venue. The goal was not to take away from MAX but to inject community into MAX.

    As a version 1.0 conference MAXUP did very well (I think), we need to refocus, refine, and recompile it into something better. The session content was amazing, simply amazing. The 15 minute sessions kept things focused and self-managed. There was also allot of business done at MAXUP as speakers finished, they got into business discussions with attendees. It had a unique feel and I think delivered something unique.

    If we were to make MAXUP as standalone conference focused on community and developers at a low price point, would that solve your issues?

    Example:
    $100 or less in San Francisco in Feb 2007?
    $100 or less in Boston in May 2007?

    John, please email me any feedback on MAXUP 1.0 and thoughts about MAXUP 2.0.

    Ted :)

  2. Renaun Erickson Post author

    I like the idea of MAXUP as a low cost separate get together. Making it for more community/commercial “see whats going on” type of thing. I didn’t have alot of time to attend MAXUP because of all the other sessions going on, but the little I did attend was high quality and good venue to see it at.

  3. John Wilker Post author

    Ted, Totally agree. I think as a first time, MAXUP did well and if it were to go off on it’s own, this year at MAX did a lot to help build the base.

    I’d definitely be interested in it as a stand alone conference. In my UGM days the Socal CFUG used to do a conference, it was a big hit.

    I’ll email ya :)

  4. Renaun Erickson

    I like the idea of MAXUP as a low cost separate get together. Making it for more community/commercial "see whats going on" type of thing. I didn't have alot of time to attend MAXUP because of all the other sessions going on, but the little I did attend was high quality and good venue to see it at.

  5. John Wilker

    Ted, Totally agree. I think as a first time, MAXUP did well and if it were to go off on it's own, this year at MAX did a lot to help build the base.

    I'd definitely be interested in it as a stand alone conference. In my UGM days the Socal CFUG used to do a conference, it was a big hit.

    I'll email ya :)

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