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 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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SharePoint Fest 2014: Visualization Tools and Innovation Games

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

My first session of the SharePoint Fest Chicago was Visual Tools and Innovation Games presented by Ruven Gotz and Michelle Caldwell. While I felt a bit alone based on my skillset, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I am fairly certain I was the lone consultant in the session and 100% certain I was the only developer in the session, but ultimately that was my expectation going in and one of the main reasons I chose it. After all, that is the point of attending conferences isn’t it? Expanding my horizons…

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CodeMash 2014 Session Recap: Applicaiton Security

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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What CodeMash 2014 means to me…

Duane OdumI arrived in Sandusky for my third trip to CodeMash at roughly 11:30 pm on January 6th only to exit my car and realize that the temperature really was -13 degrees.  I really don’t want to know what the wind chill was as I imagine it was far colder than my “southern bones” can handle.  My trip from Cincinnati would normally have taken around 4 hours and this one took roughly 6 due to the road conditions. After watching the end of BCS title game (great ending to the game by the way) I went up to my room only to find out that the heater was not turned on and it was probably around 35 degrees in the room, a regular heat wave comparatively speaking to the outside temperature but not exactly a comfy sleeping environment. NOTE:  I do not stay at Kalahari when I attend.  After a long and hot (probably too hot) shower I cracked open my laptop to finish off my work for the day to start fresh in the morning with CodeMash.  I finally made it to bed around 2:30 am and got some sleep.

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