On Sunday, 10 September 2023 at 10:32:52 UTC, claptrap wrote:
They could have just spent the money on youtube ads, reached 10x as many people and targeted people who actually might be interested in it.
Possible but unlikely TBH. Ads are a terrible tool for this. The better argument would be "spend the money to get a name like Scott Meyers".
Tbh the presentation seemed lacking in substance to me. "The truth about D" was not an accurate name for the talk and there was no real explanation of how IVY would help D. Thats actually what people wanted to know, how is IVY going to help D.
I think most people are still non the wiser on that point.
IMO, the purpose of the presentation was to set-up the Hackathon day sessions, they made that pretty clear IRL, don't know if it came through on stream.
The titling and all that, it's marketing, the "D" part would be swapped out were it for any other language and the talk kept mostly the same. That's how these talks work. I've sat through many of them at bigger conferences. It's just part of the game. Getting bent out of shape over it is pointless.
When I saw the talk on the DConf schedule I briefly googled Ucora/IVY, read about it for five minutes, figured out what it was, and having correctly deduced what it was, I opened my laptop during the talk and was hammering away on ODBC stuff for the duration. I completely tuned it out until Mr. Colvin's most excellent question. But that is a totally different topic.
And frankly, it's not the only talk I tuned out, some of the talks held no interest to me, others I found really quite engaging. Mike Shah's students for example. Other folks have different interests, that's the nature of one-track conferences, so be prepared with something else to do, and be kind to others by sitting in the back. :)