There are a lot of exciting events on the horizon for programmers and software engineers in Albuquerque. I am disappointed that I don’t have time to attend all of these. Must find a way to create more time.
- Android App Clinic, January 17, Learn Android development.
- Lavu Hackathon, January 23 – 25, A second Lavu Hackathon. If you missed the first one this is your chance, it was one of the funnest programming activities I have done.
- Global Game Jam, January 23 – 25, If games are more your style check out the Game Jam.
- BowTie Springboard, January 31 – February 13, Use the BowTie platform to create a new project. Register by Jan 30, intro Jan 31, Demo on Feb 13.
In addition to these events there are two startup weekends coming up:
My understanding is that for the Youth Startup, they have adult programmers help get minimum viable projects up (if needed), so contact the organizers if you are interested.
For Startup Women, men can participate too, as long as the teams and projects are led by a woman.
The Lavu hackathon last weekend was a great learning experience for me. Here is a list of my personal take-aways from the event that I thought I would share:
- I code slow at work. Our code base is huge and complex and written by multiple people. It takes a lot of thought and planning to make sure you write something correctly. Starting a project completely from scratch where its entire existence is directly in front of you allows you to write code extremely quickly, and that is exciting.
- I rely on a lot of motor memory and tools. I borrowed a laptop for the event and had a fresh install of Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition (which just came out for free) on it. Everything was at the defaults with no plugins. At work I have Resharper, short cuts, other tools and plugins and four years of customizing my setup. I have no idea how it is setup. One thing I need to do is start from a fresh install and set things up exactly how I like them and record all that so I can duplicate it when needed. In the future I probably need to bring a full keyboard, Home/End/Del are too critical for me to try and locate a smaller key in a different spot.
- I exercise regularly and eat much better than I did in college. My body has a rough time handling not moving, programming all weekend and drinking liters of sugar and coke, not sure how I lived off of that for so long, but it is hard to do now. In the future I still need to make sure I take a break and limit the sugar intake.
- I’ve started plenty of projects before and worked on them for a bit, gotten bored and abandoned them. Having a deadline with a demo is a huge motivation for completing something. I need to find a way to work this into personal projects.
- I spent too much time making things perfect at the beginning. The first item I started on was my connection screen that would work and perform exactly how I would envision it as a full product. I never demoed this screen, no one ever saw it and there was no reason not to hard code all that information into my system. I need to really focus on what the minimum viable program is an
Hopefully I will have a chance to try again in the future and we get to see more events like this in Albuquerque.