09 November, 2011

Quarterly Update (Nov 2011) - Iowa Code Camp

Once again the fall edition of the Iowa Code Camp was held at the Des Moines Area Community College (Technology Campus). Thanks to all the sponsors and people who made it happen. Thanks also to the speakers for their efforts.

The talk on features added to C# 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012(?) for supporting asynchronous programming was interesting. Anders Heljsberg seems to be doing a great job of guiding C#'s development. This asynch support that's been added is really high power. I'll bet they've got good patents on the technology, so you might not be seeing this outside of Microsoft for awhile.

By and large the Code Camp was another huge success. You might want to catch it if you're into software or web development at all.

14 March, 2011

Quarterly update

Pycon US 2011 is now history, except for the sprints. I did not attend this year, maybe next year. I'll have to view the videos on-line. That conference grows every year by 150-200 attendees, and seems to be getting quite large. I don't think our local Python group could manage hosting an event of the size its getting to be.

I'm wondering if planning is in the works for a spring Iowa Code Camp. I'm thinking of submitting a proposal for a talk if they're having one.

11 November, 2010

Iowa Code Camp Notes

I attended the Iowa Code Camp at the West Campus of DMACC last Saturday (Nov. 6) . Many thanks to the sponsors of the event, especially GoDaddy.com, QCI, Robert Half Technology, and DMACC. Their support provided lunch, refreshments, prizes, and the venue for the event.

It's always good to find out more about software technologies and that other groups are using, that you yourself may not be using, but which could be of benefit. Myself, I'm not much of a web developer, so some of these talks certainly are in order so that I find out what the real virtual world is doing.

Silverlight looks kind of interesting to me, at least the concept is appealing. It looks like it has the ability to do some pretty nice things, but I suspect its applicability is limited to those in some type of windows (Microsoft) environment. (I may be wrong here.)

The most entertaining session I attended was called the Programming Language Royal Rumble. The same application (a simple twitter-like web app) was developed using different languages, Java, Python & Django, and (C# with Linq???). People at the session who weren't familiar with Python seemed fairly impressed by it, in spite of the fact that the developer purposely chose not to use some of Django's features in order to demonstrate Python's abilities.

The event is a good networking opportunity as well.