Thomas Ardal

Entrepreneur and founder of

GOTO Aarhus 2014 Retrospective


Another GOTO conference went by. It have been two great days and I’m actually happy about the format change. Three days of conference is a long time and I’m always ready to call it a week when heading home on the third day.

9 blog posts before, during and after the conference makes me warm inside. I love blogging but don’t always have the time to do it. When attending a conference as a blogger, you force yourself to write a lot. I think that the program where better this year, compared to the last couple of years. This also meant fewer hours in the blogger lounge, because I wanted to attend as many talks as possible. Apparently that were the case for most of my blogger buddies as well, why the lounge seemed like a pretty boring place to hang out this year.

So what did I take from this year’s conference:

  • The browser won’t die in the near future and even if it does, the HTTP protocol still is a main ingredient in building modern apps.
  • The future for C# looks brighter than ever. Roslyn is really the key feature in the next version of .NET. I expect great new features to come from this.
  • Scrum or even Kanban isn’t always the right process for your project. Inspect and adapt and BTW don’t give a fuck what you call your process. Trust and Empowerment over rules and processes.
  • If you are a .NET web developer and don’t know what’s going on with Grunt, Bower and similar stuff, you should start reading.
  • Music and math are basically the same thing 🙂
  • Apollo 11 where actually one big pile of breakdowns, which in the end turned our great. The success of NASA is based on trust as well.
  • Not everyone agree with Doug Crockford on how to write JavaScript.
  • Always code over slides. Watching someone pair program in front of a live audience is actually quite fun.
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