This was my first MAX conference and have to say that Ted and the team did an outstanding job! Its difficult to compare this to other conferences we know and love simply because of scale — if you think about the logistics of dealing with 4300 attendees that is pretty mind blowing.
It was clear that they’re taking a new direction with the conference and making it more community driven, which I can only applaud. The attendance numbers are a reflection of that change I’m sure.
Unfortunately I’ve not been able to catch all that many sessions, a couple I really enjoyed and would like to highlight are “Flash Player Internals” and “Local Database Access with Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) and Data Synchronization Strategies”. Those were the type of sessions you rarely see presented anywhere else.
Of course you have to mention the keynotes and more so the sneak peek sessions. Those really convinced me that MAX is a conference not to be missed and am already looking forward to Adobe MAX 2008 in San Francisco to see how many of those sneak peeks made it through.
The flu caught up with me eventually and would like to apologize for those of you that wanted to see my “Introduction to OOP with ActionScript 3.0” session today. My earlier presentation of this session on Monday has been recorded using Connect and believe will be released by Adobe at some point. Feel free to email me if you’ve got any burning questions and I’ll get back to you asap.
I’ve got just over a week to recover and get to do it all over again for MAX Barcelona, looking forward to meeting up with friends and colleagues from all over Europe.