Scott Hanselman

Our first year. A new web conference - <anglebrackets>

March 08, 2013 Comment on this post [22] Posted in HTML5 | Programming | Speaking | Web Services
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anglebrackets conferenceThere's a new web conference happening in Vegas next month and you should join us. John Papa, myself and our friends pulled in the speakers from a combination of invitations and submitted talks. It's called and I hope to see you there.

My friends and I miss the old Mix conference and the great fun of web conferences in Vegas generally. So we talked to Richard Campbell and some friends and made our own show. (This is not a Microsoft show, to be clear)

This is the first year of anglebrackets and it's going to be a small conference and we have no money. Because of this, we are co-located with a larger conference* and attendees can move between the two conferences.

You'll be able to enjoy web-focused, back-end non-specific web sessions from amazing web people like:

  • Lea Verou - Developer Relations at the @W3C
  • Christian Heilmann - Mozilla
  • Jonathan Snook - Author
  • Elijah Manor - jQuery expert
  • Jim Cowart - appendTo()
  • Denise Jacobs - Creativity Evangelist
  • Phil Haack - GitHub
  • Scott Hanselman (me) - Web guy
  • and more!

We've got killer sessions like:

  • The Vanilla Web Diet
  • Modern JavaScript Development
  • Hands On Responsive Design with Twitter Bootstrap
  • Rich Data HTML Apps with Breeze
  • Getting Started with Require.js
  • TML5 Canvas and Kinetic.js
  • Eventing and Messaging in JavaScript
  • plus talks on SignalR, ASP.NET, PHP, Backbone, CSS, JavaScript Patterns, Gamifying your work, and lots more.

AUqYiSFK3v_1_1303867939All this and a special keynote from Mozilla Web Guy Christian Heilmann!

This conference will be a great way for you to get up to date on the modern web but also check out some of the DevIntersection talks on ASP.NET, Architecture, Elastic Scale in the cloud and more.

We're lean and mean and independent and we hope you join our first year.

If you register for the show package or complete package you'll also get your choice of a Google Nexus 7 or a Microsoft Surface RT.

There's also some excellent pre- and post-conference workshops you should consider enrolling in:

  • April 8th
    • Day of Single Page Applications - John Papa, SPA and JavaScript expert
    • On the Metal: Essential HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript for All Developers (Bring your laptop!) - Todd Anglin, Telerik
    • Hacking the Creative Brain: Work Better, Produce More - Denise Jacobs, a TEDx speaker, Creativity Evangelist, and author of CSS Detective
    • Nimble and fast web apps for the mobile web - Christian Heilmann, Mozilla
  • April 12th
    • Building Applications with ASP.NET MVC 4 - K. Scott Allen, Author, Trainer and Consultant
    • User Experience Design for Non-Designers: An Interactive, Immersive Workshop - Billy Hollis, UX and App expert

The Complete Package includes TWO workshops plus the tablet, and the Show Package includes one workshop and the tablet, or just come to the main conference itself.

See you there!

* Yes, we took a little artistic license with the <tag/>, or <tag />, or <tag> if you are super pedantic. It is valid syntax although HTML5's opinion is different than XHTML's. The fact that you even noticed and want to argue is proof you should come to this conference. See what I did there?

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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March 08, 2013 8:30
Sounds like a great conference. If you are still looking to fill out the speaker roster, I would love to come and do a talk on Durandal :) Let me know.
March 08, 2013 8:57
Will it be available online for someone who could not travel and attend the conference?
March 08, 2013 11:12
Why on weekdays :(
March 08, 2013 11:54
Because the weekends are for family ;-)
March 08, 2013 12:30
Very, very nice set of speakers. Wish I could attend!

Wish you all the success you need to continue it next year! (And hopefully will be able to make it then ;))

March 08, 2013 12:56
I guess a lot of people miss mix too. It's also great that all of mix is available on channel 9.
Will videos of "angle brackets" sessions be available as mix sessions were?
March 08, 2013 17:43
I see the ratio of Women to 'Guys Named Scott' is now 1-1. We're improving! Good show everyone!
March 08, 2013 17:46
Wow... That´s great news!!

I wish I had the opportunity to be there! Im from Brazil and I´am looking forward to see your comments about the conference on your next podcasts...

March 08, 2013 18:56
I second the motion to make the sessions available online if possible.
March 08, 2013 20:40
This is so exciting! Can't wait. :)
March 08, 2013 21:21
On the payment form there is an entry for discount code, I think we should get one here :)
March 08, 2013 22:04

This sounds like an awesome conference, and I know a lot of devs who do miss Mix.

Just last week I had registered for DevIntersection, but when I saw your tweets about <anglebrackets>, I totally wanted to go to that instead. Now I see attendees can move between the two conferences -- wooohooo! This made my day. I hope anglebrackets really takes off for you.

p.s. If I see you there, I'd love to buy you a drink.
March 09, 2013 0:55
Wow. I would love to attend.
BUT: I month in advance! no-way!
March 09, 2013 2:25
Too late in the corporate budget planning for me to fit this in... what a great conference. Wish it was on a webcast!!!

I'm bleeding code right now knowing I can't make it to this conference!
March 11, 2013 21:50
If/when this is successful as you'd hope, would you consider having another event in the Northwest? Redmond/Seattle or Portland?
March 14, 2013 16:42
Like others, I am not in the US, I am in London, so if you have a virtual element to this, I would be happy to pay! :-)
March 19, 2013 16:50
travel and time budgets being what they are, kind of hard to justify a visit to vegas from Canada. Have thought to provide a video Attendee that can see it live for a fee ?

Glad you are doing this. Very much miss Mix and its content. BUILD is too big and swallows up the great work that ASP.NET is doing all these years.
March 20, 2013 15:30
Sounds like a great conference with a splendid list of speakers and pre/post conference sessions. Bit far to fly from Australia though :P Attendance via the web somehow would be great, even if at some nominal cost.
April 03, 2013 6:29
I die to attend, maybe the next time, please Scott keep organizing this conference regularly.
July 13, 2013 23:06
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July 25, 2013 10:15
Hi Scott, do you happen to know if anyone is monitoring the anglebrackets mail accounts given on the website or the registration confirmation email?
I have been mailing them twice already because of some issues with my hotel reservation and am not getting answers back.
Can you help me out there?
July 27, 2013 2:08
Hi Scott,

Thanks for forwarding my hotel reservation issue, I'm all set now.

I just wanted to give you some feedback on the anglebrackets registration web site.
I am assuming for now that you had been somehow involved in creating that web site - if that assumption is wrong you may stop reading here or forward this mail to whom it may concern ;-)

There were 3 things that struck me as slightly awkward when doing the registration:

1.) The web form for the hotel reservation is asking me to fill out the check-in and check-out dates as text in a very specific format (mm/dd/yy). As much as I despise crappy JavaScript datepickers, this is even worse ... because it directly lead to issue #2.

2.) Since we are using a different date formats here in Austria, I happened to fill out the hotel reservation dates in the wrong way (dd/mm/yy). This lead to a form validation error, when hitting the "Checkout" button. Unfortunately, the hotel registration form section is gets hidden after that, even though the check box for it is set. This is clearly a bug which can easily be reproduced by just checking "hotel registration" and immediately checking out after that.

3.) After I corrected my error and was abled to submit the form, the whole transaction was immediately finished. I found that rather irritating and ould have actually expected to get some kind of summery of the entered data and the resulting cost before charging my credit card. This is usually the way stuff like this happens, right?

I know you are a person who values feedback and strongly believes in it. That's the reason I am reporting these things.
Also, this is a web devlopment conference. This conference web site should set an example how to do things right ;)

Apart from that, I am really looking forward to anglebrackets and believe it's going to be a great conference! Can't wait to experience all these brilliant and inspiring people live on stage!

Best Regards

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