Wednesday, August 27, 2008

devLink 2008 (Slight Return): Part 3

It seems at most events I am too busy running around keeping things going that I really never get to enjoy the company of my peers. This time around I made sure to get some time with people in the community who make our event so great:

  • Ted Neward bought me a beer right off the bat. Then lost all his poker chips to me. Awesome. I also hear is a pretty smart guy!
  • Brian Prince is a great DE and is always dedicated to growing the community as well as its individuals. Plus he was at devLink on his birthday.
  • Kevin Kline is a SQL genius. Plus he came to devLink on his wedding day!
  • Bill Vaughn is also a SQL genius, plus someone told me he wrote a book or two. But he is terrible at bluffing in Texas Hold 'em.
  • Cory Haines has some edgy ideas but who can argue with those manly mutton chops! Plus he plays a mean harmonica.
  • Rob Foster is always fun to be around and if I am going to slink past hotel security at midnight, he is my wing man.
  • Steve Andrews graced my TFS talk and made me nervous. He did not throw anything or laugh out loud so I thank him for that.
  • Tim Rayburn and I came up with the one true method call to end all method calls. He could also become a poker tournament announcer if he ever quits his day job.
  • Jennifer Marsman's passion and excitement for developing is so contagious that the World Health Organization ranks her right below the Asian bird flu. She is also the bastard daughter of Dutch royalty. God save the Queen!
  • Drew Robbins also did a great job with the event and the pre-conference poker tourney. Oh wait, that was Jeff Blakenburg. He is a great guy too!
  • I did not get to spend much time with Leon Gersing but he tends to break out into spontaneous dance routines fairly often which is bonus for any event.
  • Sirena Benefield was a new attendee from ITT tech who won everyone over the second she showed up. She codes, she plays Diablo II (old skool!), rocks on Guitar Hero, and was genuinely excited to be a part of all the activities. We will hear more from her in the near future.

There were so many more people, but I cannot come up with clever (or not so clever) lines for all of them. Thanks to everyone who participated in every capacity and I hope to see you again soon!

3 comments:

SweetSirena said...

Awww Thank you Tommy! I am very excited about being apart of the community and do hope to see everyone at Code Mash!!! (Diablo RULES!!! Can't wait for III)

Anonymous said...

You're not mixing Jeff and I up are you? I'm so much better looking. - Drew

Tommy Norman said...

Drw: several people were accidently calling Jeff and Brian 'Drew' during the event. I started doing it on purpose to get their goat. You should have come, then there would have not been a mix up!