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Monday, January 30, 2012

Pictures from SoCal Code Camp

Over the weekend I attended and volunteered at SoCal Code Camp at California State University Fullerton. I had an awesome time, attended quite a few sessions, learned a lot, and met quite a few good people.

Below are some of the pictures. Full set of pictures can be found here.

Mario Harnandez presenting CSS3 for Web Designers- Let's Design a Visually Appealing Website and Grid Systems - Picking the Right CSS Framework for Your Website.

Kim Smith-Rohlfs presenting Working For Startups- What You Need to Know.

Lynn Langit presenting BI/Big Data Futures - Is it really all about the Cloud?

Geek Dinner

Li Chen presenting It is Time to Rev Up your Javascript Skill.

Nuri Halperin presenting Driving Electric - An all Electric Car Info Session and NoSQL for Beginners parts 1 and 2.

David McCarter presenting How to Survive the Technical Interview.

Raffle schwag to be given out at the end of the day.

Everyone gathering around for the raffle drawings.


Friday, January 27, 2012

SoCal Code Camp is tomorrow

SoCal Code Camp is tomorrow. Sessions have been posted, as well as the schedule. It's a two day event, January 28 and 29 (Saturday and Sunday), full of sessions on a variety of software development topics.

Did I mention that it's FREE?!

It will be hosted at California State University Fullerton. Here is a campus map to help you.

I will be there bright and early volunteering and probably taking photos. Should be a good time!

The sessions I'm interested in checking out:

Jan 28 Sessions:
- CSS3 for Web Designers - Let's Design a Visually Appealing Website
- Working for Startups - What you need to know
- Grid Systems - Picking the right CSS Framework for your Website
- Free
- Volunteering
- Volunteering
- Writing Maintainable Javascript (Part 1)
- BI/Big Data - Is it really all about the Cloud?

Jan 29 Sessions:
- It is Time to Rev your Javascript Skill
- Quick and Dirty jQuery
- Introduction to Node.js
- Intro to Mobile Development for Web, iOS, and Android Native Apps using PhoneGap and HTML5
- NoSQL for Beginners - Part 1
- From CodeMonkey to CEO: Part 1 Leadership 101
- NoSQL for Beginngers - Part 2
- How to Survive the Technical Interview
- From CodeMonkey to CEO - Part 2 Innovation Literacy

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Finished reading: In The Plex

I just finished reading In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives on my Kindle Fire.

Overall it was a good book with some insight into Google, but I wouldn't say that the book was well-written. It does jump around a lot and the material wasn't presented chronologically in story-fashion. It's currently the most up to date book on Google as it includes recent stuff such as Android, Eric Schmidt's stepping down as CEO in 2010, and it's failures to enter as a social network. There are a lot of Amazon reviews giving praise to the book. I think it's a little over-rated, but still informative. I just can't get over how the writing wasn't fluid.

The last techie book I read was, Steve Jobs biography. It's interesting to contrast the companies such as Apple and Google. The former, Apple, very much treats the work they do as an art form, as beauty and simplicity. While the latter, Google, treats everything based off of numbers, as data-- science.

I wouldn't strongly recommend this book if you've kept up on Google through blog posts and editorials online over the past five years. I have read up on them, and I found myself skimming certain sections just because I was familiar with it already.

Other books I've read on Google:
My next book to read is The Design of Everyday Things.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Designer's Hub Meet and Greet

Last night I went to LA's Designer's Hub Meet and Greet event hosted at Kleverdog, a co-working space located in Chinatown. This was their first event. It was a very nice meetup about essentially building a community of designers. There were a lot of ideas thrown out about what the group could be about. I personally would like to have a community to turn to, in-person, for me to learn more about the tools and techniques in graphics design-- notably Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture.

I had a great time and look forward to the next meetup that I can attend. Thanks to Kleverdog for hosting and sponsoring the pizza!

Kleverdog Coworking
418 Bamboo Lane, Suite A
Los Angeles, CA 90012

A picture dump of all pictures I take at meetups this year can be found here. Here are some pictures I took:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

SOPA Blackout set for January 18 2012

Tomorrow, Wednesday January 18, 2012, I plan to block this website out in support of SOPA Blackout. Technically it won't be completed blocked out, as the javascript is only a black message overlay on top of the website. Users will still be able to click through once the popup comes up.

Here is the javascript that will be used in the header:
<script type="text/javascript" src="//js.sopablackout.org/sopablackout.js"></script>
On one of my other sites, spong.org, will be blocked out completely using:
<script>var today = new Date();if((today.getDate() == 18) && (today.getMonth() == 0) && (today.getFullYear() == 2012)) {      window.location = "http://protestsopa.org"; }</script>
There is a github project for the above: SOPA-PIPA-Protest-Page.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pictures from LA Ruby/Rails January Meetup

Last night went to the LA Ruby/Rails Meetup hosted at AT&T Interactive. There were two presentations followed by three lightning talks.

Using Ruby with R by Sean Marcia

Rack Middleware as a General Purpose Abstraction by John Bender

Some of the pictures I took are posted below. You can view the picture dump from all pictures I took here.

As a reminder: LA RubyConf is coming up February 2-4, 2012.