I still have a bunch left to watch, but so far my top 3 talks have been:
Both of Steve Souders talks
The first is a keynote and the second a ~40 minute talk on high performance snippets including an excellent snippet on how to make synchronous and potentially blocking scripts asynchronous. Steve is a renowned author and a great speaker who keeps the audience constantly engaged. Though these shorts (especially the keynote) were short, I learned a lot – specifically when it comes to determining a website’s weakest link. I’d love to see Mr. Souders do a full workshop next year!
Sarah Mei’s Backbone.js workshop
Sarah works for Pivotal Labs and gave a workshop (4 videos totaling over 2.5 hours) on backbone. As a backbone novice I found this to be a really interesting and thorough introduction to the topic.
I haven no massive complaints about these videos. I was disappointed to see that the production quality of the ClojureScript video isn’t quite up to par with the other titles (much of the time you can’t see the the slides that are being discussed), but given the quantity of videos, I’d forgive one such transgression. I’d also have loved to see a talk or two by Douglas Crockford, but that’s less of a complaint than a suggestion for next year. I also didn’t get much from the Startup Showcase videos, but at a minute a piece they are easily ignored and I wouldn’t begrudge anyone from a minute of plugging their fledgling business so again, not really a complaint.