Last week I have attended 2 conferences in Wroclaw. First, there was WROC# and the day after BoilingFrogs.
WROC# has built stable and well-known brand awareness in Poland. Especially in the .NET community. As far as I know, this was the fifth edition.
WROC# has evolved over time. The organizer’s committee has changed (and will slightly change again) and new ideas start to appear. What I really liked this year was the magnitude of the different presentations. We had Kubernetes, AI, Continuous Delivery, DevOps, DDD and some other topics. I had an impression that those are the building blocks that can make you a complete software engineer. Maybe the algorithms and data structures could be addressed as well.
BoilingFrogs (BF) is a cult. By many considered as the best conference in Poland. What I truly love in BF is technical diversity. BF participants are programmers using PHP, Java, C# and many other languages. This was a great opportunity to share experience, problems and ideas that we all have in our own ecosystems (I should call them silos).
BF had 3 tracks. The main room (Audytorium) was packed with topics I already know, so that was not interesting for me (but Gerontologia kodu session was something new and innovative!). Instead of that, I did a lot of networking :) Hala Stulecia is a very good venue for that. I had a very interesting discussion about building an MVP with or without tests and plumbing from the start.
Having in mind MVP Summit sessions and comparing them with the above conferences I have mixed feelings. There is too much DDD-related topics, too much obvious soft-skills, too much anonymous use-case sessions. On the other side close to no innovative sessions :(. I know that guys from Bottega are top-class experts and I truly admire what they do, but sometimes it’s just healthy to listen to some other topics :)
ps. Yes, afterparties were nice :P