If you're a software developer, then you should really consider attending the GOTO event to be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA on April 23-24, 2013. You've already met several of the speakers right here on C9. They span the entire spectrum of our field.
The great thing about this event is that it's focus spans tools and platforms, frameworks and libraries, philosophies and dogmas. It's all about engineering software from design to implementation, to debugging and optimization, from client to server.
Microsoft is proud to be a Silver sponsor. Our own Erik Meijer, Artur Laksberg and one more excellent speaker from Redmond will be on site, delivering talks about the art and craft of programming in the modern age. We'll also host a Windows Store App Development workshop, an intensive training day with hands-on app building.
Beyond my plug, here's 43 more reasons to attend (with a few more to come):
Aaron Bedra - Application Security Lead, Groupon and Co-Author of Programming Clojure, 2nd Edition
Aino Corry - Retrospectives Facilitator, Member of Program Advisory Board
Artur Laksberg - Lead Developer of "Casablanca" (C++ REST SDK), Microsoft VC++ Team
Bjorn Freeman-Benson - Software Psychologist - VP Engineering, New Relic
Brian Goetz - Java Language Architect at Oracle
Dan North - Agile troublemaker, developer, originator of BDD
Dave Thomas - Father of OTI, CEO of Bedarra Corp. Member of Program Advisory Board
Dean Wampler - Big Dataist, O'Reilly Author
Don Reinertsen - Consultant and Author of "The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development"
Eric Evans - Author of Domain Driven Design
Erik Meijer - Partner Architect at Microsoft, Father of LINQ and Rx
Gil Tene - CTO and Co-founder, Azul Systems
Hadi Hariri - Developer, speaker, podcaster and Technical Evangelist at JetBrains
Jesper Richter-Reichhelm - Head of Engineering at Wooga
Jim Webber - Chief Scientist at Neo Technology and Co-Author of "REST in Practice"
John Allspaw - Engineering Culture Hacker Linda Rising - Queen of patterns. Author of numerous books
Liz Keogh - Lean / Agile coach and developer
Martin Thompson - High-Performance & Low-Latency Specialist at Real Logic
Michael Feathers - Author of "Working Effectively with Legacy Code"
Mike Lee - Mayor of Appsterdam
Miko Matsumura - VP at Kii Corporation
Nathan Marz - Engineer at Twitter and the creator of the Storm and Cascalog open-source projects
Pamela Fox - Front-End Engineer at Coursera
Rich Hickey - Creator of Clojure
Steve Vinoski - Senior Architect - Basho Technologies
Todd Montgomery - Network, Systems, and DevOps G
Go to GOTO!!