In Kansas City this past weekend I attended MidAmerican 2, or WorldCon. WorldCon is a Science Fiction and Fantasy fans dream come true. Thousands of people from around the world attended hundreds of sessions covering television shows, movies, author readings and signings, many sessions on how to write, and much more. It is a long convention at five days that culminates with the Hugo Awards ceremony (think the Academy Awards for science fiction and fantasy).
I am an aspiring science fiction writer (nothing published yet but I’m working on it!). This convention was an excellent way to immerse myself with professional and amateur writers and learn. There is something powerful about hearing people that have already “made it”. Many of them still fight “Imposter Syndrome” and many have issues with the business of writing. Writing is a solitary business and many are introverts and selling themselves is often nerve wracking.
Do these issues sound familiar? They should. In many ways, Xojo developers are much like writers in that they work in a vacuum with little feedback from others. I know I personally struggle with Imposter Syndrome despite having done this gig for fifteen years and being ‘successful’ (whatever that means). And much like writing, the only way to get better at Xojo programming is to do Xojo programming.
It seems a bit anachronistic to fly somewhere to meet with people. After all, the internet makes this easier, right? There is something powerful about being face-to-face with another person and being able to provide instant feedback. We also tend to be much more polite in person than online and that’s a huge plus in my opinion. I’ve met some wonderful people, in person, that online seem rude at best and sometimes simply belligerent. The internet might make people more accessible but it seems to removal societal filters too, sadly.
In a month and a half Xojo is holding its annual Xojo Developers Conference (XDC) in Houston, Texas. At XDC, Xojo developers from around the world will join together for three days of sessions covering practically every development topic you can think of. And if you have a question that’s not covered you’ll be able to find someone to help you. Besides the many amateurs and professionals attending you’ll have ample opportunities to talk to the Xojo engineers.
It’s not uncommon for businesses looking for a developer to attend XDC. It gives them the unique opportunity to talk to many Xojo developers in a short amount of time. We (BKeeney Software) typically speak to one or two prospective clients at XDC each year. If you’re a consultant this conference should be on your ‘must attend’ list as it can pay for itself many times over if you land just one project.
Today is the last day to save $100 off the conference registration. Sign up to learn and be inspired and to make some new friends. See you in Houston! http://www.xojo.com/store/#conference