How do you get a hardened night owl to wake up before it’s light out? You promise a cool geek event.

Orange juice in lieu of tea

Orange juice in lieu of tea

On Saturday I went to Webcamp Zagreb with @HairyFotr and two lasses who wanted to tourist around Zagreb while the boring geeks do their thing. After the GPS sent us to a strange settlement some 20 kilometers outside Zagreb, after stumbling around Zagreb for an hour we finally found the Webcamp.

Only an hour late!

The event was your usual barcamp with two tracks, a break room and a comically tiny hall between the two rooms. Gridlock after every talk! Started wondering if the talks were purposefully scheduled so that the people who would like a certain talk would almost definitely have to move ot the other room for the next one.

At least that’s what seems to have been happening …

Unfortunately, all talks save mine were in Croatian. I think I understood everything, but there’s simply no way of knowing for sure. At one point it felt like the talks weren’t technical enough … I probably just set too high expectations in my mind when reading the Croatian descriptions.

Only picking out the English buzzwords will do that to  you.

Erlang, like life, is made of tiny strings

Erlang, like life, is made of tiny strings

The best talk, the one that sticks in my mind as “Wow, I learned something new!” was the Erlang talk by Saša Jurić. Apparently Erlang is very similar to node.js at its core – a single-threaded approach to concurrency via creating micro threads that are run in parallel by a scheduler. It all sounded a bit like somebody took the idea of node.js, added some steroids and a bit of computer craziness. And voila, Erlang – a system for massively parallel web development.

Another cool talk was about the insanity of doing everything on bleeding edge technologies. More of a cautionary tale than really educational, but the presenter did a remarkable job of keeping me interested without really telling me much I don’t know anyway.

A hardened bleeding edge veteran

A hardened bleeding edge veteran

The fact they’re using Scala in production put a bit of a damper on their message. Or made it into a good war story. Hard to say.

As for my own talk, I think it went well. Considering my vision was swimming from a brain splitting headache and I could barely speak without slurring it went really quite remarkably well. And I only forgot one point I wanted to make. Success.

All in all, 8/10, would go again!

https://speakerdeck.com/swizec/why-programmers-work-at-night

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