Leaving Las Vegas....

After seven days and seven nights in Vegas, I'm sitting at the airport, recollecting all the good times, the credit card bill and my alcohol consumption. (Stops to have another drink).

Firstly, the View conference was a blast. It was my first View ever, and I did seven 90 minute sessions. About three out of the five presentations were new, and took two months to construct. (Hence the lack of hard technical content here for the last few months!) Its a *lot* of content.

Before I go on stage, I'm a messy bag of nerves. Of course, people only see my gregarious outside, but inside - its hell. I actually now appreciate and like that feeling - it keeps me sharp, and keeps me edgy. I like to feel that I actually deliver (and often overdeliver) in this sense.

The toughest presentation where I pulled absolutely no technical punches was "Calling the Notes C-API from Lotuscript". Scary stuff indeed. About the first fifteen minutes of the presentation was basically saying "Dont Do This!" to the audience. Sometimes when I present, I see individual people in the audience in a state of fear - where they suddenly realise that this is a lot deeper than they expected. This presentation was unusual in that most people were like rabbits caught in the headlights. Deep, hard technical stuff. Stuff that only about 50 people worldwide might find a good reason to use. In terms of my demo, I was convinced that my laptop would just completely crash - thankfully it didnt. Phew. Noticable relief....

Interested in this ? Check out Normunds site at LS2CAPI.

Anywhoo, one of the only criticisms of the event from the delegates that I talked to - beleive me, this was a *well* ran event - was that there was not a good networking event where the delegates could shoot the breeze. Five minutes later, talked to Debbie Lynd, and she swung her crew around the idea.

So after the conference had finished, and my blood pressure had resumed to its normal "torpid" level (from "hurricane"), we all met up at one of the regular haunts - the Tilted Kilt. (Our first waitress was the one on the left of the photo, and I suspect the waitress mentined later on is the middle one..)

Seriously. A billion dollar hotel, and they had a scottish theme bar. Scary. I spent some time in there, and concluded that :


  1. In Scotland (and Ireland), its no longer possible to actually smoke in a bar. It was in the Tilted Kilt

  2. With all the best intentions, waitresses in Scotland do NOT wear tartan mini-skirts, and tartan bikini tops. I appreciated the change.

  3. One thing they did get right was the whole "Drink professionally" attiude. Service was excellent...


In fact, in the last night, one waitress (Ironically from Oxfordshire in the UK) got chatting to me (much to the consternation of the other geeks around the table...) and explained that she wanted to move back to London after seven years away. Poor thing didnt realise that she needed about four hundred thousand DOLLARS for somewhere decent...

Good networking event - starting off with 20-30 people having a blast, and I ended up on a bar with the Certification lead for Lotus - the interesting (and oddly English-origined) Richard. Fun guy. It must be said that between myself and Paul Coglin - of TLCC - he was a bit of a lightweight in terms of drinking...

Anywhoo. Its over, which is a shame. On the way out, I bumped into Debbie Lynd's (the Boss at the View) partner - Harry. Fun fun guy, and looking forward to doing all this again in Vienna in four weeks time...

If your looking for a good technical conference, ran with almost perfect efficiency, check out the View.. I'm very very impressed.