Codemash 2017 – Session Review 1

Rick HerrmannI had the privilege of attending Codemash 2017 again this year. Over the next few weeks I will be writing about the various sessions I attended.

The first is a session entitled ES6 Patterns in the Wild by Joe Morgan (@joesmorgan). The premise was that as developers we can learn a lot from reading other developers’ code, but the talk was specifically about what he has learned about ES6 by doing this.

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React Starter Kits

Duane OdumReact in itself is pretty easy to pick up if you have a good background in JavaScript, and that is ultimately one of its biggest selling points: simplicity.  Whether you choose to use JSX, ES6, or even TypeScript is completely up to you, but because React is meant to handle the View layer, you need to bring in other technologies to really get a full-fledged application up and running. This has lead to a plethora of React starter kits being created and published. So the great question is “Do I create yet another React starter kit or use an existing one?” As is the case in most other development exploits, it depends.

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CodeMash 2017: Science of Great UI Session Review

Duane OdumEvery year when I go to CodeMash, I try to do a pre-compiler session on something that makes me uncomfortable or I know little about.  This year, it was the Science of Great UI session presented by Mark Miller (@greatui). I am not completely lacking in artistic ability, as I can play quite a few musical instruments well, but when it comes to visual art, I am beyond deficient. I know CSS and if you give me a design I can make it happen, but to say that I do not have an eye for design is a significant understatement. Thankfully, there are folks on our team with better design taste to save me from myself.

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Meteor.js CodeMash Staff Application

Scott ZischerkNote: If you have interest in checking out the project, you can find it here:
https://github.com/InteractiveBusinessSystems/cm_staff_app

Background

If you’re not familiar with CodeMash, it’s a technology conference hosted at the Kalahari Resort & Indoor Water Park in Sandusky, OH:

CodeMash is a unique event that will educate developers on current practices, methodologies, and technology trends in a variety of platforms and development languages such as Java, .NET, Ruby, Python and PHP.

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Codemash 2016 – Humanitarian Toolbox

Rick HerrmannFor the second Codemash pre-compiler day I spent the full day working on the Humanitarian Toolbox project @htbox) with Bill Wagner (@billwagner) and Tony Surma (@tonysurma) and 5 other developers.

What is it?

The Humanitarian Toolbox is an open source non-profit organization, that creates software for disaster response teams. To kick things off, Tony gave us an overview of the projects and we pulled the code from GitHub.

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Codemash 2016 – 7 Languages in 7 Hours

Rick HerrmannDay 1 of CodeMash 2016 I attended the full day workshop presented by Amber Conville (@crebma) called 7 Languages in 7 Hours.  The languages used were Ruby, Rust, Go, Elixir, Clojure, Haskell, and Scala.  I am familiar with Ruby but the other 6 were completely new to me.

To get a feel for solving a non-trivial problem with the languages we completed the Prime Factors Kata with each one.  Although you can’t go too deep into a language in 1 hour, I was able to get a sense of the syntax and make some initial observations.

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CodeMash 2016 Review: 7 Languages in 7 Hours

Duane OdumPresenter

Amber Conville
@crebma

Sadly, I was unable to make it through all 7 as duty called on numerous occasions throughout the day, but I must say I experienced a wide range of emotions.  We utilized the Prime Factors Kata for each language rather than the simple Hello World or To Do applications which I found to be an interesting challenge as I was consistently Googling syntax-related issues.  The 3 languages I missed out on in the session were Go (seriously disappointed I missed this one), Scala and Elixir.  Quick summaries of the ones I did get to attend are listed below:

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