Why I am sorry I can’t go to EECI2010

17 May 2010

In a few weeks there will be a conference I wish I could attend for a number of reasons. First, because one of my best friends lives there, and another is the fact that I already attended an event organized by Robert Eerhart of Whoooz! that was great. I am talking about ExpressionEngine / CodeIgniter Conference (EECI2010) that runs from the 31st of May until the 2nd of June in San Francisco…

One of my favorite cities

San Francisco is quite an amazing place to visit. You feel the technology buzz literally. My dear friend Cindy Li helped Robert in picking out the event's location. It is right on the water front and has some of the best views San Francisco has to offer. The location (Fort Mason Center) is right in the Golden Gate National Park. Last year in Leiden all the rooms had a really special atmosphere and it looks like this location will offer that as well.

Location of the venue, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. Picture taken by Adam Fagen

EECI2010

Let us get back to the event itself. A 3-day event with over 20 speakers and a broad range of topics going from creating add-ons for EE 2, CodeIgniter development, using PHP in your templates, and the one that I think will be of great interest; the talk by Ryan Irelan about moving from EE 1.6 to EE 2. Ryan is the guy behind those very helpful screencasts, the EE Help Chat, and from his new book "ExpressionEngine 2.0: A Quick-Start Guide". I personally learned a lot from these resources so I can highly recommend them. Another person that has created very helpful learning material is Michael Boyink of Train-ee. His stuff is always in my recommendations when people mail me about where to find EE learning resources. When I was in Leiden I missed the talk of Simon Collison because I was preparing my own.

Simon is the guy responsible for one the nicest designs this year. Very passioned about EE and from what I've heard quite funny to listen to as well. Simon's talk will be about Subconscious Design.

Most of the big shots of add-on development will there as well, Leevi Graham, Brandon Kelly, Mark Huot (Happy Cog), Greg Wood and Jamie Pittock (Erskine), Kenny Meyers, Lodewijk Schutte (owns a house boat that I like to feature in my Modern Home Design section), and Travis Schmeisser (Structure). I've met most of them and there is a lot to absorb from these guys.

Team Ellislab

Another great reason to attend is that almost the entire EllisLab crew will be there. One of the reasons why I use ExpressionEngine is the passion that these folks have and that translates into their products. I'm not saying this because they are clients, this one comes right from the heart. These kind of events are always a cool way to put a face to the people who helped you in the past. I've had many great conversations with 'Canadian' Derek and his wife in Leiden. Even Rick Ellis, the Owner and Chief Entrepreneur of EllisLab will come out of hiding :) EngineHosting's CTO Nevin Lyne will be there along with Senior Manager Laurie Ruggles. I have to agree with what Leslie Camacho said about Nevin.

If you weren’t already aware, Nevin is to servers as Joe Satriani is to guitars. Yes, he’s that good.

More reasons

Nevin played a very big role when I launched this new design. He is the guy behind the scenes making things run smooth and fast. This site is already part of what Nevin will reveal at EECI. I will touch on that subject in a later post. There will also be a “CodeShare Corner” sponsored by Solspace that sounds interesting.

Amidst the throng of activity at EECI2010 San Francisco, the Code Share Corner (CSC) will be an oasis of calm and enlightenment for exhibitors and attendees to exchange code and ideas, connect with others, and discuss business.

This will be a comfortable lounge where you can sit and relax, grab a cup of coffee, and empty your mind.

Derek Alard

Personally I like the idea of a place where you can find some peace and mind. These events can be quite exhausting you know. When you have a place where you can sit down and talk makes all the difference. Several people out there are looking for an e-commerce solution for ExpressionEngine. If you are one of them you can get to know the guys behind Cartthrob, a new e-commerce solution for EE. Ryan Irelan reviewed it on EE-Insider. There are many more fine people speaking, too much to mention them all here. Just go look at the speakers page. If you need more convincing go look at the EllisLab top 10 reasons.

Awesome community

The most important reason why I use ExpressionEngine is its flexibility. The system doesn't dictate me how to use it so I don't have to adapt my designs around it and I don't need to learn PHP to let it do what I want. Another very big reason is the great community. All passioned people not afraid to help. This blog wouldn't be what it is without the help of some of those fine folks.

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35% discount for my readers

If you like to go I've got good news for you. I managed to get a sweet discount of 35% off on the Conference or the Conference + MasterClasses. All you need to do is use this discount code on checkout: duoh. Register today.

If you can't make it like me

If you can't make it to EECI2010, you can get EECI-in-a-box. Last Friday they announced the Conference DVD* (*included for attendees) that will contain 19 sessions, interviews and lots of bonus stuff to watch when it suits you. The DVD will be shipped within three weeks after the conference and costs $99 + shipping. You can order that here.

Comments

  1. 1 Auré 17 May 2010

    That sounds good…

    Concerning “ExpressionEngine” I haven’t tested yet because I have focused my time on Wordpress. But I should maybe reconsider my point of view. When I read : ” ...and I don’t need to learn PHP to let it do what I want…” it’s interesting and I will take a closer look to EE possibilities.

    Good luck for your future talk

  2. 2 Jeremy Vaught 17 May 2010

    @Auré

    That sounds good…Concerning “ExpressionEngine” I haven’t tested yet because I have focused my time on Wordpress. But I should maybe reconsider my point of view. When I read : ” ...and I don’t need to learn PHP to let it do what I want…” it’s interesting and I will take a closer look to EE possibilities.

    Auré, I’ve been a Wordpress fan for a long time. Since the beginning really. I love it. I still love it for what it does. I’m dying to see what WP 3.0 is going to do.

    Now for the last 4 months I’ve been running a client site built on ExpressionEngine. This is such a fantastic platform. I’ve been exceedingly impressed with how flexible it is and it’s structure. I can do things that would have me pulling out my hair in WP.

    I am a PHP developer. And WP drives me nuts when I want to start making big changes. EE has caught me attention here.

    I’m able to go to the conference and I’m excited to learn more about EE and CI. I just wish I had your discount code when I signed up 2 weeks ago. :)

    Thanks for the great post, Veerle!

  3. 3 Waheed Akhtar 17 May 2010

    I am a designer and never tried ExpressionEngine. I am leaving this comment to appreciate the work have been done on this website. I really liked how the content flows here. Love it!

  4. 4 Marc 17 May 2010

    For anyone interested, here’s your presentation of last year at EECI2009 (and in the right column the other ones):

    btw: Nice feature at this blog, live preview. Cool! ;)

  5. 5 Auré 17 May 2010

    @Jeremy Vaught : thanks for sharing your point of view. Our profiles are not equal as I’m a web designer and you’re a developer. I should “test” EE to compare with WP and make my own opinion. I have read lots of developers comments saying that WP isn’t optimized and makes them crazy :)

  6. 6 Anton Peck 17 May 2010

    Veerle, it would’ve been wonderful to see you again (it’s been far too long, for both you and Geert). I’m pretty darn excited about EECI2010 and getting the chance to mingle with some of the greatest minds of the EE community for a few days.

    Let’s talk again soon, okay?

  7. 7 Andy Johnson 17 May 2010

    We’ll miss seeing you there Veerle! I guess you’ll be represented by all the EE 2.0 control panel screenshots in everyone’s slide shows. :-)

  8. 8 Jeremy Vaught 17 May 2010

    @Auré Well, that’s true. :) But I encourage you to check out EE. Most of my designer friends also like it. Basically, EE is WordPress pro. WP is fantastic for smaller stuff, but when you want to take it to the next level, EE is the way to go. The price is worth it by a long shot for the higher end client. And that is speaking as an admin, and working with the developers to create sites.

  9. 9 Nevin Lyne 17 May 2010

    *blush* Thank you for the kind words. :)

    We will missing you at EECI, Veerle! Oh and Geert too ;)  I am happy that you guys will at least be at SXSW next year, missed having you there this year too.

  10. 10 Geert Leyseele 18 May 2010

    @Anton Peck

    I’m sure our paths will cross in the near future :)

    @Nevin Lyne

    *blush* Thank you for the kind words. :)We will missing you at EECI, Veerle! Oh and Geert too ;)  I am happy that you guys will at least be at SXSW next year, missed having you there this year too.

    Hope we will be able to make it to SXSW 2011. Looking forward to it Nevin :)

  11. 11 Sacha V 19 May 2010

    Now I understand what you meant in one of your tweets about “thinking about a creative idea to have it CSS skinned”.

    I really like the concept of being able to theme a single post differently.

    Nice work on your new blog by the way, but I find your homepage looking a bit cluttered, all the different boxes etc.; but it may be just me… It doesn’t ruin anything though, it’s just a lot of information ;)

  12. 12 Veerle Pieters 19 May 2010

    @Anton Peck

    Let’s talk again soon, okay?

    Yes let us do that :)

    @Nevin Lyne

    *blush* Thank you for the kind words. :)We will missing you at EECI, Veerle! Oh and Geert too ;)  I am happy that you guys will at least be at SXSW next year, missed having you there this year too.

    I’m hopeful that we will be there :)

    @Sacha V

    Nice work on your new blog by the way, but I find your homepage looking a bit cluttered, all the different boxes etc.; but it may be just me… It doesn’t ruin anything though, it’s just a lot of information ;)

    I’ve tried to organize all different parts without making it feel cluttered. I personally think I succeeded in that task. The amount of information is on purpose. I wanted to evoke that feeling so that people would have to look around and explore. This way there isn’t so much focus on a single article and is there less pressure to have a big post there each time. Now there are more things that get updated regularly.

  13. 13 Marc 19 May 2010

    @Sacha V

    Am I right in seeing your site is a Drupal one? You can achieve the effect of css per page (node) by using CSS module:

    - http://drupal.org/project/css

    Just for info ;)

  14. 14 Marc 19 May 2010

    Hi Veerle,

    Just like Sacha V I like the concept of a theme per post very much! This way, websites become more and more like magazines (hence blogazines), and as a designer it’s a great way of expressing yourself.

    After seeing the great site of Jason Santa Maria, who -if I’m right- was one of the first designers to start experimenting with a magazine like blog, I doubted about starting such a blog too. However, once starting a blogazine, it’s like designing a website per page. How do you feel about that; isn’t it a kind of load during your other, busy work?

  15. 15 Veerle Pieters 20 May 2010

    @Marc

    After seeing the great site of Jason Santa Maria, who -if I’m right- was one of the first designers to start experimenting with a magazine like blog, I doubted about starting such a blog too. However, once starting a blogazine, it’s like designing a website per page. How do you feel about that; isn’t it a kind of load during your other, busy work?

    It is true that it takes a lot work to get this working properly. That’s why there aren’t so many out there. My personal opinion is that I never start with the idea of skinning/designing a blog post. I alway write my content first and after that is done I asked myself if it would make sense to style the article, in other words if the design would strengthen the message of the article. Styling just for styling is a waste imho.