For the last few days I have been in Barcelona at a brilliant event run by Mozilla called Drumbeat Festival with the slogan "Learning, Freedom and the Web". Unlike the normal Drumbeat events this was a two-day conference/festival and had 400 attendees. This event was focusing on a lot more than just web development which is what interested me, so I threw my name in to help out and went along as a blogger. This article is about my personal experiences of the event, things I have learned, people I have met and what I have taken away from it to use going forwards.
I have been to several conferences, unconferences and local BathCamp meets, but this years proper BathCamp was a real chuckle. BathCamp is BarCamp event which is basically a bunch of web geeks, some lightning talks, throw in some pizza, a free bar, some Family Fortunes and a lot of tweed and you've got the general idea. This years event came at a great timing with recently starting to learn Ruby as I got to speak with a lot of other Ruby geeks while I was there and see Elliot Kember in action smashing a few crazy little applications out at great speed.
Times have been hard for the developers of CodeIgniter - EllisLab and they have addressed this in a few ways: A spot on the ExpressionEngine Podcast, a few articles explaining the future of EllisLab and ExpressionEngine and how they plan to take things forward. Sadly, as always us CodeIgniter developers have been left with not much more than a nod and a pat on the head.
People have always said my Template library for CodeIgniter is powerful but f**king confusing. Well now I have written up some documentation, which anybody who knows me or my work is VERY unusual...
Let's face it, none of us like dealing with big companies. Long waiting times, script reading Indian call centers, uncaring supervisors and red tape. In the last two months I have had several experiences beyond ridiculous so I thought I'd share my list of companies that have pissed me off and why.