Our experience through GIDS16 in Bengaluru

18 / May / 2016 by Salil 0 comments

I know it’s too late, almost 2 weeks, since the GIDS16 (Great Indian Developer Summit 2016) ended – But the thought that “it’s better to be late than never” is motivating me to write down this post.

It was a 5 days event – initial 4 days in Bengaluru and the last day in Pune. We attended day 2, 3 and 4 in Bengaluru. It featured approximately 200 sessions, 114 speakers from around the world, and 30 exhibitors.

In this post I would like to summarize our overall experience from this event.

Day 2 – Web and Mobile

It was mainly dedicated to the talks on – ES6 (EcmaScript 6), JS patterns, Progressive apps and Angular 2.

Day 3 – Java and Dynamic Languages

It was mainly dedicated to the talks on – Micro-services, Java 8, Groovy eco-system

Day 4 – Data / Analytics

It was mainly dedicated to the talks on – Cassandra, Realtime Analytics and Machine Learning

Most of the sessions we attended were great. But here are few that we liked the most.

  1. Hands on with Angular 2 by Scott Davis, where he explained – How Angular 2 is different from the previous version and the upgrading process is not simple – it’s more like building it up again.
  2. Redux by Pratik Patel, where he demonstrated – How Redux framework can make the web development simpler as well as fun oriented.
  3. Progressive web-apps by Shwetank Dixit – The session was very interesting as it was about the new set of browser features and APIs like Service Workers, Background-Sync and web-manifest.
  4. Java 8 Lambdas by Marty Hall – Another interesting session where Marty showed the importance of Java 8 (through Lambdas) over the previous versions and strongly recommended to switch to the newer version sooner.
  5. Advance JS for Java Devs by Pratik Patel – It was a fast paced session meant to bring the audience up to the speed with the latest and greatest JavaScript techniques and tools. Pratik talked about the code modularity, parasitic inheritance, common pitfalls and best practices of JavaScript.
  6. Groovy by Paul King – The session was very informative (esp. for the beginners). Paul gave an overview of Groovy and ecosystem using it’s cool features like DSL, Closures, dynamic typing, etc.

Moreover, there were few sessions that we couldn’t attend but received a very positive feedback from some other attendees.

  • Lessons learnt with Lambdas by Simon Ritter
  • Groovy and MongoDB by Scott Davis
  • IoT with Apache AcitveMQ, Camel and Spark by Burr Sutter

On day 4, I also spoke at the same conference, about our one of the case studies on building the real-time analytics with Druid. I would like to write more about this case-study presentation – preferably, in a separate post. Following is the link to the SlideShare, in case you are interested.

It was the last session of the day but still there was a decent number of attendees. The most surprising thing to me was to see the seriousness/dedication of the audience toward the topic. It took me almost 20-30 minutes to come out of the hall, after the session finished – people really had some real use-cases/questions.

As conclusion, my overall experience is very empowering — Thank-you SaltMarch for giving me this opportunity to show case our work in front of great engineers.


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