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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That Conference 2016 Recap

Rick HerrmannI had the good fortune this year to be able to attend That Conference ( 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:
  1. 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.
  2. RxJs.  I did not attend any sessions that were specific to RxJs but part of learning Angular 2 requires being familiar with RxJs.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Meteor.js CodeMash Staff Application

Scott ZischerkNote: 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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CodeMash 2016 Review: 7 Languages in 7 Hours

Duane OdumPresenter

Amber Conville

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 Pre-Compiler Recaps pt. 2

Duane OdumOver the past two days I have had the pleasure of attending some excellent workshops at CodeMash. I do not normally do the “session hopping” thing but there were just too many workshops that I was interested in and it was really my only recourse on day 2.

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​CodeMash Pre-Compiler Recap pt. 1

Duane OdumOver the past two days I have had the pleasure of attending some excellent workshops at CodeMash.  While I can honestly say only two of the workshops were beneficial from an immediate knowledge gain perspective, I think that I will get more long term value out of the others that I attended.

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SharePoint User Adoption

I Duane Odumam attending the SharePoint Fest Chicago this week, and will be sharing my thoughts on some of the sessions I attend throughout the week.

In a rather interesting take on user adoption, Sarah Haase provided two admittedly not-so-simple keys to success: manipulation and motivation.

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