Last Friday I went to the webOSRoundup Dallas meetup/developer event. (you can see me in a few pictures there – I sat in the second row)
I had a pleasant drive up that morning and arrived in plenty of time to eat lunch and read on my TouchPad before showing up to the conference center.
The developer event was first, from 1-5 PM. Most of the material was fairly basic stuff, which I had expected, so I worked on my own webOS apps, adding a feature to Simple Alarms (yikes, I need to update that page!) and finishing the port of State Lines to Enyo and the TouchPad. (hopefully coming soon!) I did say hi to the people next to me and chatted and helped them out a bit. And Ben Combee (@unwiredben) showed off a Vectrex emulator that he had ported to the TouchPad and added iCade support. (code available here)
During the breaks I chatted a bit with HP and webOSRoundup folk, which was nice, although I didn’t have a lot to say.
After that, I checked into my nearby hotel, then went over to the meetup event. It was at the Blackfinn, which seemed like a nice place (and had good beer!) but it was really, really loud. I had a few short conversations, but the noise combined with my natural introversion kept me from talking to too many people, and I left kinda early. I stopped by Best Buy to get a Touchstone (since I didn’t win one 🙂 ) and returned to the hotel for a night of light coding and relaxing.
The next morning I just drove back, stopping for lunch at a Mexican place in Waco.
The trip was fun, but wasn’t as successful as I had hoped. The next time I do something like this, I need to:
– have more specific projects to work on or features to add in my apps. I kinda felt like coding Friday night but didn’t have much that I was inspired to work on.
– make more of an effort to network and talk to people. I’ve done better on previous trips, but maybe the lack of a plane trip/overnight stay hurt here? I kinda felt like the event snuck up on me, and maybe preparing for it more would have helped.