Selected Software Development Conferences in 2014

There are a lot of conference for software developers. As I’m writing this blog post, year 2014 is about half-way over, so here are a few significant (meaning only that I know about them) software development conferences scheduled for the second half of 2014. If you know any I missed, tell me at jamesDmccaffrey -at-

OSCON (Open Source Convention) – As the title suggests, this is for developers who use Python and other open source technologies. Attendance varies but is typically about 2,500. Run by O’Reilly Media who does the strange animal cover books. Recommended if you use open source software. Price: about $2500. (Yikes.)


July 20-24, 2014, Portland, Oregon

Visual Studio Live – This conference has been around for many years. Typically has 500 – 1500 attendees and a significant Microsoft presence. Run by 1105 Media who publishes Visual Studio Magazine. Highly recommended. Price: about $2100.


August 18-22, 2014, Redmond, Washington
October 6-9, 2014, Washington, DC
November 17-21, 2014, Orlando, Florida

IT/DevConnections – Another long-running conference. Typically 500 – 2000 attendees and a moderate Microsoft presence. Run by Penton Media who publishes Windows IT Pro Magazine. Strongly recommended. Price: about $1900.


September 15-19, 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada

JavaOne Conference – Run by Oracle, a company I’m not very fond of, but this conference gets good reviews. Many thousands of attendees. Recommended, if you use Java, obviously. Price: about $2000.


September 28 – October 2, 2014, San Francisco, CA

Better Software Conference – Run by a company called Software Quality Engineering (SQE). Attendance typically about 500 – 1000 attendees. In my opinion, the speaker quality at SQE events has been very poor in recent years. Not recommended at this time. Price: about $1900.


November 9-14, 2014, Orlando, Florida

DevIntersection Conference – A relatively new (2014 will be their third year) independent conference run by some of the former managers of the DevConnections Conference. I expect roughly 2500 attendees. Has a strong Microsoft presence. Very highly recommended. Price: about $1800 (Excellent value).


November 10-13, 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada

App Dev Trends Conference – A brand new conference. Typically, a first year conference draws about 300-600 people, but you can often get great pricing. Run by 1105 Media so the event will be professionally handled. I intend to go, so in other words, recommended. Price: about $1900.


December 8-11, 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada

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