"If you're a curious developer, DevoxxUK is an amazing conference." -Tori Wieldt
DevoxxUK is in the books, and by all accounts, it was a success. It had more attendees, more sessions and more sponsors than last year. Java and Java 8 got lots of attention. There were several sessions on Lambdas and other Java 8 features. Venkat Subramanian's session "Programming with Lamdba Expressions" was full. He explained that Lambdas are good in themselves, but their real value is showing you what's possible with the Streams API. "Lambdas are the gateway drug to Streams" he said with a laugh. Experts discussed JavaFX, security, Java EE, and, of course IoT.
Dick Wall showed his Internet of Things Venn diagram, and explained that IoT is exploding. He admitted that his dog has a fitness band and "my dog is wifi enabled!" Wall said it's not just the internet any more, it's the "ubiquinet."
DevoxxUK had a good vibe throughout, with chances to hang out and hack. There were also expert panels to discuss the state of the industry.
At the closing keynote, Martijn Verburg summarized some key takeaways: