This year at Codemash I thought it’d be fun to do a “precompiler” session (aka an in-depth session before the conference gets started), despite the fact it may not specifically help in my software development area. But I hadn’t done any sort of embedded systems work since college and I thought this would be a great opportunity to get back into it.
As you may know, drone racing has been picking up a lot of steam lately. In fact, they’re even broadcasting it on ESPN these days. It’s actually very exciting to watch: Drones fly at impressive speeds through complex courses that require an amazing amount of maneuverability that takes nothing less than a wiz to handle.
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Yes, it is that type of blog post. I have been attending conferences for almost 20 years now in varying industries and for the most part, I truly enjoy the experience. However, there are a couple things that simply infuriate me that I keep noticing more and more frequently.
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Every 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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I had the good fortune this year to be able to attend That Conference (https://www.thatconference.com
) at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells August 8-10. This was my first time attending the “Summer Camp for Geeks” and it was definitely worth the long drive from Livonia, MI (even with 8 kids in the car).
The Kalahari is a great conference venue (my kids loved it) and the conference was well organized and was loaded with good sessions. During several of the time slots I had a hard time deciding which session to choose.
My post-conference list of things to follow up on includes:
- Angular 2. I have actually been starting to learn Angular 2 the last two weeks. One good session I attended was a side by side comparison between Angular 1 and 2 by Tony Gemol.
- RxJs. I did not attend any sessions that were specific to RxJs but part of learning Angular 2 requires being familiar with RxJs.
- Firebase. I had been wanting to take a look at Firebase for awhile and one of the sessions by Anne Bougie was a good getting started overview.
- git. Yes git. I have been working with git 5 years and thought I knew it pretty well. But after attending the git session by Kieth Dahlby I realize there are a lot of advanced features that I am not familiar with.
I am already looking forward to attending That Conference again next year.
Note: If you have interest in checking out the project, you can find it here:
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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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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