With Earle leaving Australia early in June I wanted to make sure he was around to see our brainchild come to life. And it wasn’t just Earle and I who were watching closely. Lachlan Hardy, also from Atlassian, and Lindsay Evans, from Sydney firm Boomworks, had also been about to undertake their own endeavours and so I quickly brought them on to the team to get SydJS up and running.
Actually, our catchy name, domain, and — more importantly — twitter account all came courtesy of Lachlan’s ground work and were quickly embraced by the guests with twitter hashes (http://twitter.com/#search?q=sydjs) and flickr tags (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=sydjs&w=all) soon appearing on the web.
With a beverage in hand and some Atlassian sponsored pizza to fill the gap, the guests settled in to endure my emceeing and await the presentations from Earle and also Atlassian’s Dmitry Baranovskiy.
Next to take the stage was Earle who introduced us to Instant, his CoffeeScript editor that not only works online, but also makes use of HTML5’s offline mode and continues to work when you find yourself without a connection. Earle showed us just what Australia is losing as he heads off to France, but he left behind a little piece of computing history to help make sure we won’t soon forget him.
We’ve even got a couple of special guests in the wings that could raise our benchmark.