Codemash 2017 – Session Review 1 Reply

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 Reply

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 Reply

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 Reply

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 Reply

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 Reply

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 Reply

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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Codemash 2.0.1.4. Review Reply

Rick HerrmannI was unable to attend Codemash 2.0.1.3. and so was very much looking forward to attending version 2.0.1.4. this year. Due to heavy snow and extreme cold (it was a challenge just getting to the Kalahari), it took much longer to get there, but the conference was well worth the extended drive.

Including the pre-compiler sessions, I spent roughly half my time in sessions based on front-end development. This included some that were specifically about javascript, and others that were about the tooling that is growing up for front-end developers to work with. In particular I liked the session by Jay Harris about modern web development in the .NET space, which looked at the tools available for front-end development outside of Visual Studio.

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CodeMash 2014 Session Recap: Applicaiton Security Reply

Duane OdumAfter letting it “sink in” for a week I realized that we all need to be a little more aware of the importance of security when we are developing applications.  It amazes me that someone would post data source and connection information in StackOverflow but I was able to find 15 articles with that information readily available.  Granted some of those are probably connections to a personal development environment but I literally spent less than 30 minutes looking and ultimately it made me more curious about what I could find if I actually spent some actual time digging.

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CodeMash v2.0.1.4 Reply

Scott ZischerkBackstory

This year at CodeMash, I volunteered to take over the sign creation from Jeff Blankenburg.  Shortly after, Darrell Hawley asked if I wanted to be a CodeMash volunteer also, and I said that I would.  It turned out that Darrell wasn’t going to be able to make it to the conference and he asked if I would take over his volunteer coordinator duties this year as well.  I said sure and he passed the torch and all of knowledge of the position on December 26th.  The volunteers consist of students from local universities, speakers that are not speaking and spouses of speakers.  Darrell had already put together the team of volunteers and I just had to lead them.  The volunteer duties include room proctor, mealtime proctor, registration desk, information desk, and any other task that needs to be done for the conference.  The central location that the volunteers hung out at was the registration booth.

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