The title of this blog post needs a quick explanation. There are hundreds of conferences every year that are somehow related to software development. This list is aimed at software developers who work primarily (but not necessarily exclusively) with Microsoft technologies, and who are based in the U.S.
1. Developer Week February 11-16, 2017. San Francisco. http://www.developerweek.com. I’ve never been to this event but it looks to be a collection of smaller events. Worth checking out.
2. Visual Studio Live March 13-17, 2017. Las Vegas. http://www.vslive.com. VS Live is a series of smaller (a few hundred attendees) events in seven cities throughout the year. The Las Vegas edition is my favorite. I’ll be speaking there this year. If you’re a .NET developer you should definitely give this conference strong consideration. Recommended.
3. Devoxx March 21-23, 2017. San Jose. https://devoxx.us. This fairly big conference has a big variety of talks but most are related directly or indirectly to Java.
4. OSCON May 8-11, 2017. Austin, Texas. http://www.oscon.com. The major Open Source event. This event always has a weird feel to it. In addition to tech talks there are quite peripheral topics. I usually speak at OSCON, but won’t this year.
5. Microsoft Build May 10-12, 2017. Seattle. https://build.microsoft.com. This is a very big event, typically about 7,000 people. The plus side is every imaginable Microsoft topic is covered. The negative side is there’s a lot of marketing chit-chat. I often speak at Build but don’t think I’ll do so this year.
6. PyCon May 17-25, 2017. Portland, Oregon. https://us.pycon.org/2017. This Python conference is a low-key, run-on-a-budget event but that’s part of its appeal to me. The use of Python is increasing rapidly, especially in conjunction with machine learning.
7. DevIntersection May 21-24, 2017. Orlando. https://www.devintersection.com. This event covers all Microsoft related development. One of my three favorite events. In addition to the Orlando edition, there will be a Las Vegas edition in November. I prefer Vegas because it’s much closer to me. Highly recommended.
8. Microsoft Ignite September 25-29, 2017. Orlando. https://ignite.microsoft.com. This huge event is aimed more at IT engineers who do development rather than pure developers. When I speak at Ignite it’s usually about PowerShell development. Pros: a huge event. Cons: a huge event.
9. JavaOne October 1-5, 2017. San Francisco. https://www.oracle.com/javaone. This is the major Java event. Like many developers, I’m not entirely happy with the way Oracle is handling Java, but this is still the event for Java developers.
10. DevConnections October 23-26, 2017. San Francisco. http://www.devconnections.com. This is a long-running event and one of my favorites. The event moves to San Francisco after many, many years in Las Vegas. Definitely worth investigating.