AtlasCamp 2015: Developers united in Prague

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Every year more developers are coming to get involved into the Atlassian Plugin Developer community. They come to get information about the newest API changes, have the possibility to promote their plugins or ask about difficulties they have had and of course meet with other developers and Atlassians to exchange experiences. In the 8th year of AtlasCamp the community has grown from a small family of around 50 developers to 340+ developers from all over the world, Atlassians not included (also almost 50, so a total number of around 400 participants have been present). Some people are coming every year, but more than half of the participants were joining for there first ever AtlasCamp. And some have become almost more famous than Atlassians themselves. As Co-Founder Mike Cannon-Brookes put it in his welcome speech, there are more people who want a picture with Bob Swift than with himself by now.

Over the last years Europe has been settled as the place to be for the conference, because still most of the developers are coming from Europe. Prague was a great location to choose, but sadly the hotel was 7 kilometers out of town, so there was not much time to walk around the beautiful old city center of prague. But the AtlasParty on wednesday night was still a highlight, taking place directly at the waterfront of the Moldova with a great view over the beautiful charles bridge. A great atmosphere with funny talks.. and a magician or magical plugin dev from sweden doing fascinating performances, which were not including a lot of drinking but the good old string tricks 🙂

AtlasCamp 2015

A new arrangement were the two tracks of talks this year. One track was the more technical part with insights into plugin development strategies and APIs, the other track was more general about best practices in coding. This was somehow nice, because you could choose between 2 topics in every slot, but also you were missing of course half of them and sometimes it was a hard decision. Also new were the developer breakout sessions after the main talks, in which plugin developers were intruducing into topics of their choice and from their work. These offered great insights and also a good opportunity to get into conversation with each other in small groups. The camp has become more structured and professional, for example there were almost no problems with the Wifi-connection this year and live demos were not live anymore, but all from screencasts.. which was a shame somehow, because most of the time live demos really live from the live kind of thing and the errors that can be made 🙂

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