A selection of photos from ACCU 2011. First, the sponsors area
as it was when we arrived:
Blackwells must have set up their stand the previous day. I don't blame them,
with that volume of books!
Our stuff, waiting to be set up. The two machines on the right form our
IncrediBuild grid analysis demonstrator, and we have a rolling presentation
running on the laptop at the centre of the picture:
An hour and a half later (and half way through the opening keynote), it is
finally starting to look ready:
As you might expect, Scott Meyers' session on r-value references and move
semantics in C++ 11 was very well attended:
Some very useful information was presented in this session; as a C++
developer I certainly found it helpful in working out how the new C++ Standard
is likely to affect us in the near future.
At lunchtime the (single threaded) queue for food in the reception area stretched way back out into the lobby,
and it was so crowded we had to go around the outside of the building just to reach our stand.
When we did get there, we were kept sufficiently busy that I didn't get
around to taking any pictures. However, if you've been to a conference of this
size before I'm sure you can picture the scene of a long queue of hungry
Then the cakes arrived, courtesy of the Cupcake Baker in Abingdon...
These were one of Beth's ideas for the Sponsors' Reception on the Wednesday evening, and I have to say that this time she has quite surpassed herself.
John Lakos was up next on "Defensive Programming Done Right":
As usual John covered a huge amount of material at breakneck pace, but it was good stuff - as long as you weren't trying to transcribe it all in real time...
Bob Martin was scheduled to give the closing keynote on Wednesday, but unfortunately he had to pull out at short notice. Fortunately Michael Feathers was able to stand in with an impromtu session titled "On Our Ability To Do Much". I was flagging rather badly by this time so I must admit I took more note of the delivery and humour rather than the content!
After a 90 minute break we broke out the cakes during the Sponsor's Reception, and as by the end of the evening we only had about 3 left of the 60 we ordered I think we ordered about the right amount:
One interesting bit of feedback we had was that apparently some people thought they were some sort of participation prize, but we soon dispelled that by wandering around the room with a trayful of cakes each and offering them around.
Our thanks to The Cupcake Baker in Abingdon for stepping in at short notice to produce the cakes for us.
By the time we'd packed down the equipment on the stand it as getting late so we briefly adjourned to the bar to eat before retiring relatively early. As a postscript, from the reports we heard the following morning, leaving the bar early was definitely the right decision!