Codemania 2013 promises to be bigger, better, booleaner

A cacophony of coding awaits the gaggle of geeks attending the second ever Codemania conference in April, this year.

The programming and IT best practice event brings together coders of all manner - whether they be fluent in C# or revel in Ruby on Rails.

This year's Codemania, to be held at the Langham Hotel on 12 April, features international speakers Glenn Block, a technology change agent at Microsoft; and Paul Betts, a .NET developer who works at GitHub.

The New Zealand contingent is represented by, amongst others,  Amy Palamountain, a developer at Green Button; Darren Wood, director of the The Fold digital agency; and Walter Rumsby, a front end developer at Xero.

Codemania co-founders Ben Gracewood and Ian Randall (both developers themselves), say the event is a much needed celebration of programming following a difficult year for the industry in light of disasters from Wheedle, the Ministry of Social Development's compromised kiosks, and Novopay.

The duo promise to better last year's inaugural event, which saw more than 300 developers register to attend.

 "Last year was such a blast. Ian and I wanted to make a conference that we would want to attend - filled with very technical talks from a variety of world-class speakers. It needed to be right here in Auckland and to be affordable to fit easily into your IT training budget," said Gracewood. 

Presentations:

Glenn Block - Open source at Microsoft and fighting the good fight.

Paul Fenwick - A tour of the most amusing bugs and exploits, with some handy stops along the way looking at human psychology.

Brandon Keepers - Ruby and how much GitHub loves the coding language.

Walter Rumsby - Unit testing your JavaScript.

Philip Laureano - System.Reflection in the world of .NET assembly.

Amy Palamountain - Exploring the lightweight JavaScript framework, backbone.js, and what it can do to lower your levels of stress.

Ivan Towlson - What does the future of programming language hold?

Darren Wood - The modern web monkey and the tools they use.

Paul Betts - Philsophical musings on the act of programming, art, design, and (actual, like Frank Gehry) architecture.