The second BarCampScotland event finished yesterday. This was the first BarCamp event I've attended and I have to say I was impressed.
Almost without exception I would describe the talks I attended as interesting or very interesting. I plan to post summaries and link to slides where possible in a later post.
The facilities were also quite impressive. Appleton Tower always looks to me to be a rather drab building from the outside but the concourse, where BarCamp was based, was a deceptively impressive space and certainly met our needs. Having said that I don't know whether they turn the heating off on the weekend but it was definitely chilly.
There were five large (easily seating 100+ people) lecture theatres available on two levels which were again well equipped. For the number of laptops I saw out on display the power sockets beneath every other seat would have been invaluable. It was only in the penultimate session I realised they were there but as that was when I started being concerned about power it all worked out well.
I spoke in the morning about contact importers and where I felt they were going in the future.
I've embedded the slidecast below. Feel free to link to it or embed it elsewhere.
I'm really excited about the Windows Live Contacts API. Think of it as the official hotmail contacts grabber.
The only sample code they have is written in C# though. I've been meaning to put together a PHP wrapper class for a couple of weeks but I've never had the time. It is at the top of my todo list for this weekend.