Cloudforce New York was hot, with thousands of people soaking it up. Here's what I saw and learned after working in the Developer Zone and Code Consultancy area for several hours:
- Throat lozenges are a requirement. Several hours of talking really takes its toll!
- The Force.com Workbooks and Cheatsheets are always a big hit – and folk actually use them. I encountered many folk heads-down, creating an object or two, checking out the auto-generated CRUD screens, and browsing the rest of 'em. Some were just reading through it, willing to follow through at home.
- A few new devs wanted books. You know, those paper things. I pointed those folk to our new book page (which I really should blog about).
- The word "org" is confusing. Nobody knows what it is. "Environment" rocks.
- Some folk ask hard questions – good hard questions. Two users I spoke to wanted to lock down a web service call. In the end it looked we'd do the following on Force.com a) use network access security to only allow a certain IP range, b) use two-way SSL certificates, c) encrypt the actual data. That's tight!
- Lots of folk were interested in integration – and of course all those recent toolkits and the REST API make it quite manageable and open.
- Our platform is bigger – folk were wanting to learn about Heroku and Ruby on Rails as well.
- You can use the Visualforce apex:actionSupport to easily add some great dynamic input facilities to Visualforce!
- There are lots of devs here in New York. The breakout sessions were packed. Database.com & Android/iOS, Heroku, VMforce – lots of interest. I was really pleased by the huge attendance of the Force.com Workshops. Steve did a great job of walking through the workbook, together with a packed audience following along. In the end it was standing room only – if only all those standing had iPads they could have continued to build their apps in the cloud!
Overall – an awesome event. I got to meet loads of eager new developers, as well as excited veterans.
Check out some of the pics from the event below, and read Reid's take too.