I hosted one of those Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions last night, and it was really fun (for me at least). I didn't prepare a presentation (who needs more powerpoints after days and days of them in the “regular” sessions). I also made people pull the chairs out of their rows and put them in what I had first thought would be a circle, but it ended up being some shape I'm not able to describe mathematically, but the point was that we not all sit in rows, and we accomplished that goal. I made everybody say something--their name, where they work and/or are from, the most interesting thing they've seen at the conference so far, and any Datagrid questions that are on their mind, or experiences that they've had.
The topics started out somewhat Datagrid focused, which is great, like strategies for adding new rows (include in the Footer, make a separate “add” area outside the grid, etc.), and nesting one Datagrid inside of another (and the eventing problems related to that). Then we ended up talking about a lot of non-Datagrid topics, which was even more fun, like Yukon and Sql cache invalidation, test-driven development, third-party components, language preference/orientation, naming standards, and programming-related books. It was really fun, and I appreciate all the people who came along. Eli took several pictures, so we'll try to get those on the site one day. I know I learned several things during the session, and I hope you all did too. Thanks for coming.