Almost Famous

On Monday I had my first brush with what I guess might be called “fame.”

I attended the dotGo 2016 conference in Paris–a conference for Go developers.

I chose my seat in the balcony of the Théâtre de Paris, and within a few minutes the seats next to me filled in, and I began chatting. Ironically, after introducing myself to the person on my right, he said “Do I know you from somewhere?”

“No, I don’t think so. Nobody knows me.”

“Don’t you do some work on GopherJS?”

Ha! Indeed, I do. I’ve contributed a handful of pull requests to the project. In fact, that’s where the majority of my open source work the last year or two has gone. (For those who don’t know, GopherJS is a Go to JavaScript transpiler).

I also had the pleasure the same day of meeting the GopherJS author, Richard Musiol, and co-contributor Dmitri Shuralyov, who gave a presentation at the conference about GopherJS. I’ve corresponded with both of them frequently over the last year or two, as I’ve been working with GopherJS. Finally meeting them, therefore, was a lot of fun.

I’m generally not a huge fan of conferences, as I feel the information density is too low for the time commitment. But I did learn a fair amount this time. And more important, I enjoyed the networking aspect. I look forward to returning next year.

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