Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Not exactly a great advertisement

I just signed up for the Adobe Max conference in a couple of weeks -- we're doing serious Flex development at work, so it's time to build up more expertise.

The signup process is *hell*. It's among the slowest sites I've ever seen, taking typically 15-30 seconds per page after you hit "submit". It's bug-ridden: three separate times, I got essentially "unknown server error" pages after submitting, and had to go re-submit. It's wretchedly designed: you have to go through something like seven separate pages in order to register for the conference, including stupidities like having to explicitly say, "No, I don't want to pay $500 extra to have a guest accompany me to the reception" (yes, seriously -- $500!), or you get an error page telling you that you need to fill this field in. It doesn't give you any apparent way to sign up for the pre-conference tutorial day. And as the cherry on top, the receipt includes your site password in the clear.

And what is the main focus of this conference? Teaching you how to build good websites, and showing how to use ColdFusion -- the technology used to build this mess -- to construct your website. Uhhh -- no, thanks...
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