Mix06 Day Three

22. March 2006 21:15

Here we are at the last day of Mix06.  Due to an early afternoon flight, I wasn't able to attend many of the sessions this morning.  However, I was able to catch Nikhil Kothari's presentation on Building Components and Services for the Programmable Web.  This was a good presentation that went into some detail about leveraging Atlas to develop mash-up applications.  He delivered an example that effectively demonstrates how useful it is for these applications to expose data via services and APIs.  You can download his PowerPoint presentation here.

I would have to say that the conference was a success.  It was definitely enjoyable, informative, and helped rekindle some of my passion to get in there and experiment with code using these cutting edge technologies.  My mind is reeling with lots of potential ideas to try out when I get back home.  This is an exciting time for developers as these new technologies start to become mainstream late this year and early next year.  It is important to keep your skill sets updated.  Download the SDKs and mess around with them.  During transitional periods like the one that is coming, it is particularly easy to find yourself slipping behind in terms of your knowledge and skills that make you marketable.

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