Another CodeMash is in the books, and all kinds of new stuff was in the offing for me this year. But first I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Jason Gilmore, Brian Prince and especially Jim Holmes (along with the rest of the board) for uncompromising management of simply the best conference on this topic. Period. Not for the money, not for the constraints of space. It is simply the best code-centric conference on the planet.
I owe a lot of people a lot of links and information on a lot of topics.
First and foremost, I was delighted to be asked to speak again, and was pleased to have Matthew Groves join me for a discussion on Monodroid. We had 100 people join us for a look at how Monodroid came to be and what the future holds.
Then Matt took us for a tour of his excellent Stock Tracker application (shown left), converted from Windows Mobile. There were a number of good points made all around, and generally a good time was had by all.
The Monodroid documentation contains nearly everything that you need to know to get programming. The tutorials are the best starting point, and provide the templates for all of the major use cases. Matt’s application is on GitHub – please feel free to get it an mess around. It’s a good app. I’ll have BabyTrak up here in a couple of months.
The Locksport openspace was a rousing success. About 40 people were taught to pick, and about that many more stopped me in the halls and told me that they would like to have been there. I was frankly astonished by the turnout, and would have brought 5 times as many picks if I would have known about the interest – all 15 of the sets I brought were sold.
For those looking for more information:
The Locksport International site has a lot of good links to publications and whatnot. Deviant Ollem’s book, Practical Lock Picking, is excellent – he is the guy who wrote the presentation that I gave (twice). The best community is online at Lockpicking101, and they have an IRC channel too. If you need to order picks, look at LockPickShop – Red does an awesome job. The 14 piece set is on sale right now and is a great learners set!
Finally, if you are in the Columbus area please join us at the Columbus branch of Locksport International. We have a Meetup group – just go sign up and you’ll get the locations for each meeting. You can attend for free, but if you want a membership card and to participate in competitions, it’s $20 a year.
And last but not least, I got a ton of comments on the jam band. Lots of questions too. Yes, I was a professional musician for many years. I taught at a lot of area band camps, like Upper Arlington and Teays Valley. I played in a Dixieland band in London Ohio called the Lower London Street Dixieland Jazz Band and Chamber Music Society for nearly ten years. I haven’t played in quite a while, and I have to say it was a lot of fun. Hope to do it again next year.
All in all, an awesome conference. Again, I was a net producer of content rather than a consumer of content, and that’s OK. I still learned a ton just by chatting with friends old and new, and picked up information about the hip new technologies that the cool kids are using by osmosis.
Hope to see everyone at DevLink!