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ACCU Conference, It’s Good To Be Back : Yr glygfa o Hescwm Uchaf, rhif 10

In many, many ways the ACCU Conference has helped shape me into the programmer I am today. I’ve learned so, so much, it’s allowed me to meet people I would never have otherwise, I’ve made so many friends, it’s helped me find work (though I never imagined it would nor sought for that to happen), and I’ve had a whole load of fun. It’s important to me, I care about it, and that’s why it was just a joy to head over to Bristol last week for the 2024 edition.

I had forgotten just how much fun it is. I’ve been to, and enjoyed, a whole load of different conferences but they’re not the same. The ACCU Conference is my home conference. It’s the first conference I ever went to. It’s the conference I’ve attended most often, missing only a handful in the past 25 odd years. It’s where I did my first conference presentation. It’s where I’ve done my best talks, and had my biggest (and thus most nerve-wracking) audience. The ecumenical nature of the programme meshes with my own meandering working life. It’s where I’ve attended the deepest, the funniest, the most bit-twiddly, the most useful, just the best talks I’ve ever seen. I know it and it knows me. It’s comfortable, but it’s new each time.

It was exhausting and invigorating and I had a great time. It was wonderful to be there, and I’m already looking forward to next year.

(I’d also forgotten what a falafel-tastic city Bristol is. There are at least three falafel stalls within five minutes walk of the conference hotel, and they’re all, in their distinct ways, really good. I had a falafel wrap every day, and I loved every mouthful.)

I won’t recap all the sessions I went to, but I would like to particularly point out Laura Savino's keynote Coping With Other People’s Code, which I thought was really strong (and I’m not just saying that because she also likes a falafel wrap). She touched on a lot of areas I’ve been thinking about recently in respect to what I laughingly call my own career, and she’s given me plenty more to chew on. She gave a version of the talk at CppCon back in October, but if you get the chance to see her in person then do think about doing so.

And, yea, come to Bristol with me next April. It’ll change your life.


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