Category Archives: CodeMash

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.

CodeMash 2010 – What Makes Ruby Different

Presented by Joe O’Brien, Mark Peabody, Leon Gersing

I always enjoy listening to Joe talk, his enthusiasm about Ruby is admirable. The talk focused on the differences in how to solve many programming problems with different languages. The ones demoed against Ruby were C# and Java.

I did not walk away with learning anything new about Ruby, ironically I learned more about C# in this than I did anything else. But for those new the Ruby it was a good talk especially since most of the developers here are either .Net or J2EE.

CodeMash 2010 – Lean Software Development

Presented by Mary Poppendieck

I realized that I am at the point where I don’t think I will ever be in an environment again with an organization where you need to worry about projects, development teams, etc; at least where I need to worry about the management, efficiency and effectiveness of those teams. For me about 5 years ago was about the right time for this talk, I could have used it to make myself an efficient coder and effective team lead/manager.

I spent the rest of the keynote planning my conference. So far I am going to just to to sessions where I can learn new things. Since I plan on using Ruby more this year a few language sessions will top my list, the first one, What Makes Ruby Different.

CodeMash 2010 – Arrival and Introduction

I arrived last night around 8pm. The drive was much much better than last year. The usually gang was out and I did not get to bed until late, and of course I was up early for the keynote.

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.

More to come…

WordPress and CodeMash 2010

I’m actually happy converting back to WordPress, the number of plugins have saved me boat-loads of time. I’ve got an issue with the way it stores data, but I need to let that go so I can focus on adding content to my site.

I’m also heading to CodeMash 2010 in a few days. I admit I’m looking forward to this conference much more than years past because speaking was a chore, not so much the speaking, but getting the robot to do everything I wanted it to do was… difficult. Not sure what I will be doing at the conference, but I will be posting about it.

As to the Dell E6400, I actually had my NVIDIA card flake out on me, despite a new motherboard. But the same software works fine on my older Dell D820. Fortunately I won’t be needing a laptop anytime soon, but my next one might just be a Lenovo or other brand (as long as as I can get a matte screen).

Dell Update E6400 (1/11/2010): NVIDIA crashes consistently on certain apps (ManicTime). I either think the driver is bad or they did nothing to my computer.

CodeMash 2008 – In Review

The conference was awesome! I met some more cool people and got a chance to catch-up a little with some friends I met from last year. I did not get to attend as many sessions as I had hoped because I was debugging the robot (Feynman-JR) before my presentation, but did get a chance to attend SilverLight, JRuby, Scala, and Groovy sessions.

It seems to me that the big thing was other languages built on top of either the .Net CLR or the Java VM. Iron Python, Iron Ruby, Jython, JRuby, and Scala. These dynamic languages taking hold in the footprint/platform of .Net or Java is seeming to be the place where technology will be moving in the next few years. The term for this is Polyglot. Neal Ford (blog) gave a nice talk on this in his Keynote, we'll see what happens for next year.

Moving forward for 2008 I will continue working with Ruby/JRuby and I will update this blog with snips and tips.

CodeMash 2008 – Introduction

Last night I arrived around 6:30, just in time to get the robot to the room and checked in before the panel discussion. It was my first panel dicussion and was a little nervous but otherwise just rambled as usual so it was not too bad.

I had a few drinks and met some new people bought a few people a beer and just chatted about stuff, though I was very, very tired and was not on top-form.

Speaking at CodeMash 2008

I will be speaking about Robotics at the upcoming CodeMash, held January 9-11 at the Kalahari Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio.

This years talk will be about robotics software and will originate from the Java source code in my book to using .Net, PHP, Ajax, and even some Ruby.

I think the most important thing is that you can do some really cool stuff with software, if you are willing to use the best of everything out there.

CodeMash 2007 – Last Post of the Night.

Well, I spoked with more speakers tonight than I did during any of the sessions. There was a Very Cool After Hour Party thrown by Quick Solutions. I feel bad that I could not talk to so many cool people, but I met a few fellow APress Authors, which was very cool, a bunch of Microsoft evangelist, and finally a few old friends from “IT PAST”. We all seemed to think that Columbus is a VERY SMALL place for IT.

CodeMash 2007 – Enterprise Python Architecture

This was a basic Python overview. I was wishing for more grit, but given the demographic (Java/.Net) folks, this was probably just about right. I get the GIST that Python is really for people with or wanting Linux systems, that need or want to integrate and wrap a bunch of C/C++ APIs to/with their application. So if they are starting from scratch, I don't get the feel that it's the right language, but as a glue, it's PERFECT!