Copy-paste from my blog:
1) 9:00 - 9:50 Joel Spolsky - Opening Keynote
This was a great talk about simplicity in software. I heard a lot of things I'd already read in 'The Design of Everyday Things' ,'Why Software Sucks' and Joel’s own blog, but it was entertaining nevertheless (I swear I heard the 'dog in a towel' gag before...). Spolsky is an engaging speaker and with his track record I'd listen to him even if he wasn't!
2) 9:50 - 10:50 Jörn Zaefferer - jQuery
Although I was looking forward to this the talk itself was quite a disappointment. The sound was pretty bad and Jörn accent didn't help in that regard. After a promising intro, we got a detailed overview of each and every API in jQuery - not very interesting.
3) 11:10 - 12:10 Eero Bragge - Qt
Again a speaker with a rather thick accent, but the talk was much more entertaining; Qt is really an exiting platform and I might even give it a try someday. At least I installed the Qt Designer on my laptop. What Qt has working for it, is platform independency. The Mono team still refuses to implement WPF, so if you want to be able to deploy on Linux and Mac, Qt really seems a nice alternative, even though it means programming in unmanaged C++.
4) 12:10 - 12:40 Joel Spolsky - Fogbugz
Next came Joel again, with a promo for Fogbugz. Since I don't own a software shop I wasn't really interested, so I used this time (and the excellent Wi-Fi) to download the Qt stuff :P FogBugz still looks nice as far as these things go...
5) 12:40 - 13:30 Lunch
Lunch was okay. I was lucky to grad a sandwich before the line formed, but when I wanted to get another one (after the line had dissolved) all that remained were 'pains au chocolat' and bananas. Ah well...
6) 13:30 - 14:30 Simon Willison - Python
After seeing this guy hack his way at the iPython console I really was inspired to pick up this nice dynamic language. So, in the coming weeks, I'll be looking at IronPython again - or maybe Python together with PyQt... who knows ;)
7) 14:30 - 15:30 Nick Johnson - Google App Engine
This talk was okay. The topic was interesting enough -and the word 'cloud' was never uttered during the presentation- but somehow it didn't manage to persuade me. There was some marketing BS, but mostly it gave an adequate overview of the App Engine.
8) 15:50 - 16:50 Christian Heilmann - Yahoo! Developer Tools
YQL and the Yahoo! devtools are surely worth checking out. Heilmann really did an excellent job, especially if you take into consideration he as recovering from a bad case of the flu. The guy is funny and knows his stuff. If you want to make a mashup you might want to check out if there's a YQL endpoint available!
9) 16:50 - 17:50 Alex Thissen - ASP.NET-MVC
Since I'm quite taken by the APS.NET MVC framework I was curious to see what Alex would be talking about. He gave a broad (and therefore shallow) overview of the framework. This was certainly not the best talk of the day, and I don't think he managed to convince the MS-skeptic crowd that MVC was worth their time, even though his demo was pretty good.
All in all, the DevDays were certainly worth the 80+ euros I paid for it; the venue was nice, although a rather chilly :-) See you next year SO DevDays!