So, day 3 opens with a keynote from Jim Benson, and I am definitely going to have to preface my comments with the fact he is definitely more successful than I ever will be, and most likely smarter. Having said that, he has this aversion to PowerPoint, and while I definitely can't disagree with him for that, I found his 'solution' even less palatable. This is actually unfortunate, as I get what he was trying to say, I just wasn't able to sit through it.
On to the first session of the day. I went and checked out 'Mobile Cross Platform Decisions' by Christopher Judd (Judd Solutions) and it was actually really good. He covered a lot of great ways to do mobile development, especially in an environment where you need to target more than one platform.
For the second session, I went and checked out 'The Evolution of Patterns' by Chris Eargle (Telerik) since he had done such a great job on day 1. I definitely wasn't disappointed. The only thing I would have done different in that session was tack a couple more hours to it. The hour was up and he was really just getting rolling.
For the third session, I went to 'Responsive Design in ASP.NET MVC - A Crash Course in Responsive Design' by Ed Charbeneau (Sypris Solutions) and it was phenomenal. I walked in thinking it was going to be about responsive in the context of performance, but liked the actual topic better, how to respond to a large range of screen sizes and features to support a wider audience.
Unfortunately, I didn't get to go to any more of the conferences, as the latest flight out to get back to Charlotte was slated for 5:50ish PM. If I were able to stay, I would have checked out Enterprise Users Bill of Rights: 10 Things Every Developer Must Know about User Experience, and probably Validating Data in OData for Mobile Solutions, though the track record for OData sessions was sketchy up to that point.
I guess long story short, Saturday was definitely a better return on investment than the first two days were, and if we were local developers, it would have been great either way. Having paid (our employer, not personally) for tickets, plane, hotel, lost work etc the value just wasn't there. If I want basic 101 classes, I can get them free right here in Charlotte. If I am going through the drama and expense of flying somewhere, I am expecting my brain to hurt when I get back.
Recommendation for next year? I think we are going to pass, if it was local, we would go for sure, but we aren't interested in travelling to it.