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    Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie

    taylorsharpe

      I am finally home after my first Devcon and can say I really had a great time.  There are more sessions than I can even begin to mention that I learned from, but I think my favorite one was Oleg Zaydman's presentation on container fields.  Not only was the technical aspects educational, but he has this really dry sense of humor that came out in his slides.  It was quite entertaining!  I didn't go to Bob Bowers' Advanced Reporting Techniques, but several people told me his was their favorte session.  I'll have to make sure and go to his next year if he does it again.  Heather Winkle and Matt Petrowski (sp?) just are the best when learning how to make better layouts…. if I only had 1/10th of their layout design abilities!!!!   And Alexei Folger had a great session on File Maintenance and Recovery - thanks!

       

      The conference was held at the Fontainbleau hotel in Miami Beach right on the ocean and it was quite the hotel.  The service was excellent and the cost of just about everything was through the roof.  When we got there, we had a couple of quick drinks at the Blue Bar (or some such name) and two drinks cost $53.  Someone ordered a hamburger meal and that cost $43.  It looked like a really good hamburger, but $43????  OK, well, I guess I'm just not used to schmooozing at such fancy places.  Lets just say it was OK for one time a year and I did have fun even with the sticker shock. 

       

      There was the LIV bar at this huge hotel that all the richest people around come to, but I don't know any of our group that went there.  I'm used to things like a $5 cover charge, but this bar was like $1500 for a little table.  All the rich guys come and all of these ladies (is that the right term?) show up to be escorted in with them wearing, well, my oh my.  One of the FileMaker speakers just called it the "parade" watching them coming and going from that bar and it was quite a watching experience.  I really have only seen people dressed like that in magazines. 

       

      And while I had a great time there, I stayed at another hotel a couple blocks down (Grand Beach).  My first night walking home, I'm pretty sure this cabby was trying to sell me pot and a prostitute hit me up too.  So it was a bit of a culture shock for this Texan not used to such things going on around him.  And, no, I didn't partake of either offer. 

       

      Thursday night was the big Devcon party in the evening and it was a lot of fun. There was fake gambling and actors playing the Rat Pack and Marilyn Monroe came out and performed along with a live band.  The actors were great, especially when Marilyn sang Happy Birthday to Rick <haha>.  You can see a few of us at the party in the picture below (LtoR:  Taylor, Martin, Ben, Mark, Lucy).  Afterwards, the party spilled out to the Blue bar and also an interesting group showed up to party in front of the hotel to drink Sam Adams (purchased from a cabby who made a bee run) and smoking.  It was quite the international group too with Belgians and UK and Aussies.  We had fun talking and laughing and watching the evening "Parade" from the LIV bar. 

       

      OK, shouts out to David Jandeau, John Gaudio, Martin Williams (don't drink anything he gives you), Yoichi Kawagauchi (quite the FileMaker salesman!!!!), Mike O'Neil (keep us safe!), the InData guys (Justin Jones and Mason Stenquist), Ben Hutson (quite the party guy who knows more about drinks than I do!!! <grin>), Mike Hackett, shy Ms. Lucy Kaplan, Matt England, Shawn Outerbridge, Donovan Chandler, Kengo Kyuragi, Goro Kyuzen, Yurika Murakami, Tohru Hibino, Janice Roviera (fellow Texan!!!), Ning Xu (also Texan!), Darrin Quick, Rosemary Tietge, Karrie Evitt, Stephen Galagher (sp?), Scott (whatever your last name is, aka "Men in Black"), Dennis Burnham (from the Dallas FMPUG too!), Anthony the Aussie, Kirk Bowman (he won TWO awards and is from Texas too!!!), Jesse Barnum (smartest guy I know), and Peter from Troi (thanks for the serial port plugin!!!), Joe from World Cloud, and many more I can't even think of right now. 

       

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        • 1. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
          EdwardMcPikeJr

          Thanks for sharing, Taylor.  Nice recap!

          • 2. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
            fmpros

            Fully agree Taylor... absolutely great show and fantastic presentations.  The hotel was indeed spectacular and spectacularly expensive. We ended up walking out into the neighborhood and found a really great restaurant with "normal" pricing.

             

            Glad to see they will offer recordings of the presentations; I had to make hard choices as to which to attend.

             

            Looking forward to next year and all the great things we will do with v12 by then.

             

            William

            • 3. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
              mr_scott

              HI, Taylor (a.k.a. "Steve Martin"):

               

              Nice post-DevCon summary! It was certainly my pleasure to meet and spend time with you and the many new friends that were made at this event.

               

              I hope we'll stay in touch, and get together again in the future.

               

              Sincerely,

              - - Scott

               

              BTW: How did you come home with any memories of that night?

              • 4. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
                LyndsayHowarth

                Thanks for that Taylor.

                I've been looking for some news or pics or such... with not much luck.

                So did you say 'hello' to Steve as I suggested? He said he was going to a party about 15 hours ago and I haven't heard back yet.

                 

                - Lyndsay

                • 5. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
                  BenHutson

                  Haha, great post Taylor.

                   

                  It was so great to meet you and spend the time with you. Really appreciate the great ideas and tips you gave me. Definitely going to use the FMchat by SeedCode.

                   

                  Not sure if you already knew this, as I know you missed the Closing Session. Towards they end they honoured the people that received awards and also honoured you, along with 4 others for being the best contirbutors to TechNet. They showed a little picture with your name, along with the four others and there was a large round of applause. Shame you weren't there to see it.

                   

                  Thanks for helping me out at the party, think I possibly drank a little too much. Don't think I'll live that one down anytime soon.

                   

                  Speak soon.

                   

                  Ben

                  • 6. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
                    taylorsharpe

                    I didn't look into your pen!!!!

                    • 7. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
                      taylorsharpe

                      Yes, I heard about being recognized for being on Technet and sure wish I had not left early to catch my flight.  But alas the schedule called me home a little early. 

                       

                      Just have Scott aim his little pen at you and you'll forget everything about that night!

                      • 8. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
                        taylorsharpe

                        Believe it or not, I ran into several Aussies and I forget if one of them was Steve.  But I'm sure it was.  It surprised me how many came half way around the world.  And there were many from Asia and Europe too.  And some rather rowdy ones from Brazil and Mexico!!!! <grin>  

                         

                        We're really hoping you'll make it to San Diego next year!  I would really like to meet you in person some day!  Actually meeting Technet people and putting names and faces together was a great part of Devcon. 

                         

                        TAYLOR

                        • 9. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
                          beverly

                          And it helps if people sign their posts with real names. Otherwise we won't know who user1234567 is, for example. LOL!

                           

                          Beverly

                          • 10. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
                            LyndsayHowarth

                            Yes... be brave guys... tell us your real names...

                             

                            Sent from my iPad

                            Lyndsay Howarth

                            11th Hour Group Pty Ltd

                            • 11. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
                              LyndsayHowarth

                              benhutson wrote:

                               

                              Not sure if you already knew this, as I know you missed the Closing Session. Towards they end they honoured the people that received awards and also honoured you, along with 4 others for being the best contirbutors to TechNet. They showed a little picture with your name, along with the four others and there was a large round of applause. Shame you weren't there to see it.

                               

                              I received this pic from someone who was there....

                               

                              - Lyndsay

                               

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                              • 12. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
                                MattLeach

                                Just made it home this evening after a 6 hour drive home from Miami. This was my 2nd DevCon and was just as great as the first one.

                                 

                                Unfortunately i wasn't able to make it to the TechNet meet on Monday as i was stuck in my room trying to get a last minute database completed prior to the weeks events.

                                 

                                The hotel was amazing but i have to agree with everyone else, every aspect was extremely overpriced. Fortunately since i drove i was able to go off grounds for cheaper alternatives but in the end it was a wash with a $36 a day valet fee. Hopefully FileMaker can keep things like this in mind for planning future DevCons as the conference itself is costly enough.

                                 

                                There were an overwhelming amount of sessions with great information, time to download session updates and remember what i learned lol.

                                 

                                Kudos to FileMaker for recording the sessions this year, definately a welcomed addition.

                                 

                                Met a lot of great people and learned a lot and hope to start applying my newfound knowledge and to make it to DevCon next year!

                                • 13. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
                                  mr_scott

                                  Taylor…It's a new and improved neuralizer, much smaller than the old one:

                                  http://www.codiekitty.com/File/DanielX/neuralizer.jpg

                                  • 14. Re: Devcon 2012 Perspective from a Newbie
                                    ChristopherReesman

                                    Taylor well stated thank you.

                                     

                                    As a  newbie also, I felt it was amazing that everyone was so welcoming to the community.

                                    To all that I had the pleasure of meeting during Devcon 2012. Thank you for all the advise, encouragement and new friendships.

                                    To everyone else I look forward to meeting you at future Devcon's

                                     

                                    Reesman

                                     

                                    The sun setting on my first DevCon

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