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Coding snippets, experiments and moments of madness, to moments of clarity.

Vancouver Dev Week

14th Nov 2013

This week is Vancouver Dev Week - an event which has come about due to the popularity and quick sell out of CascadiaJS. Start ups were encouraged to host and attend events across Vancouver. On Tuesday night I went to one event at Unbounce HQ while a few of the guys from the office went to the Startups Unite job fair in Gastown. After a slice of pizza, a brief tour of the offices by James Brennan- an Unbouncer, and a chat with Matthieu Macret and it finished up with a programming challenge. Taken from Pragmatic Programmers Dave Thomas' website Word Chain, is a challenge to convert a word e.g. cat to another e.g. dog in the fewest moves possible. There were some fine looking solutions on the (Table Tennis) table at the end of the hour, with solutions attempted in JavaScript, Python, PHP, Ruby, Scala and Java. Unfortunately my attempt didn't quite

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The Summit

1st Nov 2013

For the past few days, I've been back in Ireland at The Summit in Dublin with my colleague Tyson Miller. We're here with Recon Instruments, and we've met some of the smartest, coolest and most interesting people in the tech community. It's been fantastic to talk with these people, listening to the problems they are trying to solve and the challenges that they faced head on. There were some really amazing projects, and the talks we attended provided some great ideas that we can take away and work with. We were invited to an evening with IDA Ireland in the beautiful House of Lords in the Bank of Ireland building in the city centre. Meeting some of the conference speakers such as Tony Hawk and Jamie Heaslip proved a highlight, but listening to the insight of Jordan Casey - a 13 year old developer who has launched several apps in the…

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