Following on from the success of SyncNorwich, Carl Farmer has set up SyncIpswich - a regular event for technologists, creatives, entrepreneurs and graduates to meet up and talk in with the aims of growing the community in Ipswich. Paul Grenyer recommended me to Carl as a speaker and after letting Carl know that I'm not proficient at speaking (yet) I agreed to come up and give my presentation on Continuous Delivery at 7digital.
Despite fighting with the traffic in Ipswich town centre I made it just in time and spoke in front of a crowd of roughly 60 people. As before, my slides were done in roughly 15 minutes and I fielded questions from the audience for about another 15 minutes more.
After a short break I was followed by Richard Astbury giving an introduction to the Azure platform where he deployed an empty MVC App from his laptop and then a simple Hello World node.js site from his Raspberry Pi at home, which was rather impressive and demonstrated how smooth it can be.
We then gathered at the nearby pub where we broke into a few discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of feature branches among other things and I admired the view of the boats in the marina before I left for the nearly 2 hour drive home.
I had a great evening and it was good to talk to people outside of London and once again be reminded that we don't have the monopoly on smart, inquisitive, talented developers doing great things. Thanks to Carl for arranging it and Paul for recommending me.