So, I'm registered for DevDays 2011 in Washington DC. Yay! Now I'm starting to think about what I need to bring with me to get the maximum benefit from the event.
This is the first conference of its type that I'll be attending. I've been to non-programming conferences, and I've been to classroom-style training events, but I get the feeling DevDays won't be quite the same. I want to know what sort of equipment will be needed/necessary to get the most benefit from the program. Specifically:
- Is bringing a laptop recommended? Will laptop users be able to follow along with code being discussed and play with what they're learning in real time? If not, is laptop note-taking encouraged? Will there even be desk-space/power/etc enough to make having a laptop practical? Would pen-and-paper be better?
- Is recording of the event permitted? - Even if I don't bring a laptop, I could see how recording via my phone or MP3 player or other device could be beneficial. If it's allowed, that is.
- Will any of the tutorials and talks be made available in an electronic format? - If Joel and Jeff plan to put all the talks on YouTube after the conference, or distribute recordings to attendees on CD or something, detailed note-taking might not be as important.
Does anyone know the answer to these questions?