I had a fantastic time this year at RubyConf in Nashville! This year, I committed to trying out sketchnoting, or visual note-taking. I had a great time at Write/Speak/Code this past August at Denise Yu's excellent workshop "Telling stories with doodles" and have been meaning to experiment ever since!
Other sketchnoters I highly admire:
Here's a selection of my notes from the conference:
Excellent presentation on API development best practices!
Molly's talk walked us through an ElasticSearch upgrade gone awry - and the recovery process.
Nemytchenko's presentation detailed creating and using a visual language to teach OOP concepts -- with robots!
Ben demonstrated how to use free tools to create an app that tells you the "mood" of the news for the day.
Erica gave an overview of her journey from linguistics to programming, as well as going over the concepts that language learners in both fields deal with.
Frederick's talk led us through the process of finding sneaky memory leaks and gave us tools for hunting down the culprits.
Mercedes walked us through several key computer science concepts in an approachable way -- very helpful for interviews!
Sandi dropped a ton of data on us for the third day's keynote, reminding us how very lucky we are to be in software - and how the demographic someone is born into is even more important than luck.