I am sitting here staring at a blank document trying to figure out what to write and how to start this. I first was trying to come up with something witty, maybe a little word play of sorts. Then I thought that I should be more serious and less jovial. Another 10 minutes went by and I still had nothing. So, after all that, here are my thoughts and impressions of Adobe MAX 2009.

Before I move on I have to stop and thank someone.

Adam Lehman: Can't thank you enough for taking time out of your very hectic schedule to talk to us for the Cfhour() podcast. It was greatly appreciated.

The Great

First, the best session, by far, that I went to was from Scott Stroz. His session on ColdFusion and AJAX was the absolute best. Not only was it entertaining, but packed full of information to boot. I felt bad for the guy not using Firebug but after that I bet he is now.

The ColdFusion unconference was awesome. A huge thank you to Ray Camden to putting all that together. I went to 3 sessions there and I think got more out of that then all the other sessions I was at. It was great place to hang out and chat with other ColdFusion developers. I was also great to meet a bunch of people that I only knew via Twitter. I was also just as nice to meet people that knew me through the cfhour() podcast.

Also, the BYOL session of CF9 and BlazeDS by Aaron West was great. I have been using CF for a very long time but not that much into Flex or BlazeDS. Not my typical way of learning but it was still very well done.

The Good

First, I loved the venue. Personally it was nice that it was local to me. No hotel or air necessary. The venue was big enough to hold everything yet did not seem too big that you were lost. Everything was nicely organized and well laid out. I was able to get from place to place without much hassle.

The Bad

For those that don't know, I have a major allergy to nuts. I have to be very careful in what I eat and mindful of what was near what. I found a couple times that the food trays had mixed items with and without nuts. This precluded me from eating any of it. I wish that establishments would be more keen to this but I see this everywhere. I was not a big fan of the lunches. Yea, it was convenient and easy to grab. However, the sandwiches had that assembly line feel and could have been put together better. Also, the area in which you picked up your lunch was poorly organized. The keynote starting late then running over messed up the whole morning schedule for me. I missed an unconference session and was very confused as to how everything was going to work out. Thank goodness for twitter as I was able to get updates on how the schedule changes.

The FAIL

An epic fail goes to AT&T. When at the general sessions I had to disable 3g in order to be online with my iPhone. Apparently there were enough people in one area to overload a cell tower. Then on top of that felt very bad for the people running the call in trivia game. It should have been able to handle over 1500 people but it never went over 49. Apparently a room with a thousand or more people can easily kill a cell tower if they all try and make a call at once.

The next epic fail goes to the wifi provider. I think that there was a major capacity miscalculation. I think the wifi was down more than it was up for the whole time I was there. I had 2 sessions that were killed because the broken wifi killed the demos. I know Adobe had nothing to do with it because I found out that they purchased all internet access they could for the venue.

Well that is about it. Overall I was very impressed by the conference. There were a couple rough spots but the good outweighed the bad by a mile. I am not the social butterfly but I think I and talked with more people this time than I ever have. It was great to meet and talk to all of you.

Till next time...

--Dave