03 Jun 2012
For those of you who missed LDC 2012 - you sure missed a swell time.
For those of you who were there: thank you again. I didn't get to spend time with each of you personally - but I did get a lot of meaningful time with a number of you. I cherished each conversation, and it has stoked me to persevere and enthused me for the drive forward.
I for one feel that it signifies the official final page in our initial phase of the plan to ensure Lasso becomes one of the most prevalent web languages in use by developers within the next five years. What part of the plan is that? The plan of triaging the many problems within the Lasso world, cleaning up shop and forever ending the skepticism about the possible survival of Lasso.
It was clear, from the attitude and the joy held throughout the conference, that the negativity and the recurring problems of three years ago have been shelved. I did not hear a single complaint during the whole conference (with the exception of a few suggestions for improvement, as discussed below). The bitterness and resentment are washed away. People are excited again.
Heck, I am excited. The conference had me giddy.
It was understandable that there was significant overall consumption of food and beverage, as we had quite a bit to celebrate. During the conference we announced the following;
Also, not to be forgotten;
We also had a number of fantastic examples from the community which will be shared over the coming weeks/months.
My special thanks to all of the speakers who came from all over the world to share their brilliance. Everyone learned, everyone shared joy. The conference was an out-of-the-park success.
Toronto was sorry to see you leave.
One of the neatest new things we did was give out a series of new awards for individuals who have either done the most to contribute to the Lasso language in the last year, or who have submitted example of excellent use of Lasso code. The individuals in question were;
Best use of Lasso 8: Mason Miller for SiteWelder
Best use of Lasso 9: Ke Carlton for S L A P C O D E
Best new developer: Dave Bruhn from NCHA
Lasso Values Award: Jolle Carlestam for Convenient ID Card Photo Process
Lasso Community Award: Steffan Cline.
Lasso Community: Highly Commended: Steve Piercy; Doug Burchard; Brad Lindsay.
Congratulations to all of our award winners! Keep up the great work!
Instead of closing remarks from myself, we had closing remarks from the community itself. Add to this the fantastic dialogue we had with a number of the attendees during the days of the conference, and together the most important result of the conference other than a great feeling of "the community is together again" were some amazing points about what LassoSoft should do next. Here are some of the biggest gems (though we took away a lot more).
On one last note of feedback, quite a few people also commented on the centrality and ease of holding the conference in Toronto. Not only is it less expensive for LassoSoft during this regrowth period (meaning more resources directed at Lasso itself), but that the hotel was reasonably well located and comfortable. Interesting thought for next year, that perhaps we should keep it in Toronto for a few years... (and we kept all of the shootins and floodin away till the conference was over)...
There were many other points of feedback (such as on our support practices, on what other tools we need to develop, etc.), and we will take everything into consideration as we continue to grow.
Thank you all for the feedback. It helps us help you.
On one last note, I reflect on the community as it stands today. After the conference, I have absolutely no doubt that the LassoSoft community - though a little smaller than it used to be - is alive and well.
I will note, in conclusion, that the period of questioning Lasso's survival is now closed. This current period has actually been incredibly positive, as everyone in the community has had a chance to look elsewhere and not found it to be the Shangri-La they were hoping it to be. In addition, people have learned about the best components of the other development communities and have brought excellent suggestions back to the Lasso world. We are not hampered by design-by-committee or by massive corporate agendas, and are poised to do incredible things moving forward as a community.
The fact that Lasso survived the valley of the shadow of death and has come through empowered makes me proud. I hope that we can find some of the most engaged and brilliant developers who left wandering in the desert with the snakes and sand and invite them back for a drink of fresh water.
In others words… hey you, the old Lasso guy! I welcome you back with open arms. The issues of the past are over. Come back, celebrate and grow with us once again. Your old skills and knowledge will be truly appreciated, and bring you great value, and there are new things to be learned and done.
I completely understand why you left (heck, I did as well). You will not be looked down upon when you realize you can return in a spirit of love and friendship and leverage the strength of Lasso once again.
The Rhino is here to stay.