The latest casualties in the technical education world are the Software Development conferences – SD West, SD Best Practices, and Architecture & Design World – which are being discontinued effective immediately, making the SD West that was just held earlier this month the last of its kind. The conferences were run by the same company that ran some important but now-defunct magazines including C/C++ Users Journal and of course Software Development Magazine, as well as Dr. Dobb’s which still exists but recently went web-only.
SD, especially SD West, has been a mainstay of the programming conferences world since 1985. I’m going to miss these shows. They were a wonderful gathering place for talks and tutorials by A-list speakers covering many technologies, from C++ to Java to AJAX and more. More personally, Bjarne Stroustrup and I immensely enjoyed giving our two-day Stroustrup & Sutter seminar there several times in recent years, and skipped this year’s event in anticipation of doing a fresh one again next spring. Alas, it’s not to be (at least not with SD).
SD, you will be missed.