Tuesday, September 28, 2010

There will be a Dallas Geek Night 09/29/2010.

Some of the regular ThoughtWorkers won't be able to attend but the show will go on!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Geek Night 09/22/2010

Over 15 people at Dallas Geek Night tonight.
  • Yujun paired with Paul Nelson on Yujun's CompAlgo
  • Eric Smalling and  Srini worked with some JBehave stuff.
  • Cosmin worked in Django/python to do a search of his twitter feed with a ThoughtWorker (Alistair).
  • Michael Perry paired with Sean Lynch on Correspondence (BDD testing).
  • Greg and Dhruv continued work on the SMTP testing framework with assistance from Jennifer Weingarten.
  • Graham Brooks and Jonathan Wolter
  • Noah Kriegel and Michael Rainey were doing something interesting (I assume) in the outer room.
  • Keith Swallow helped me with enhancing the JProxyGen tests.
  • Paul was making sure everyone was working on something.
Pizza again.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Geek Night 09/15/2010

We had a dozen (baker's) people in and out last night at the ThoughtWorks Dallas (Addison) office.
  • Bill Schofield was working on his iPhone App and had to leave early.
  • Yujun Liang and I paired briefly on the JProxyGen project I started last week--then he had to leave and I continued on alone.
  • Paul Hammant was pairing with Michael Perry in C# on Michael's framework.
  • Greg Heartsfield and Dhruv Chandna were continuing work in Scala on Greg's SMTP testing project.
  • Dante lugged in a larger monitor and continued work on his networked video distribution project.
  • Eric Smalling and Cosmin Stejerean were working in Clojure on a utility to get the classpath from the manifest of a .jar file.
There were three other people (I believe all ThoughtWorkers) present but I neglected to get their names or what they were working on.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Getting started with ASM

Byte-code manipulation is something I’ve been aware of but never thought much about actually doing myself. I never felt the need for writing my own aspect framework or even getting much out of the Java mainstream. So why am I looking at ASM? Blame Geek Night Dallas!

Previous Dallas Geek Nights

I think it will be good for me to capture general impressions of what we're doing each week at the Dallas Geek Night in a blog entry. Since some have already occurred I'll briefly summarize what I remember about them and then be a bit more diligent going forward.

August 11, 2010
First meeting of the Dallas Geek Night. I seem to remember some Java/Objective-C/Clojure(?) pairing going on. (The Objective-C was Bill Schofield's iPhone 'particle engine' app). I surrendered my laptop to let Graham Brooks lead a discussion about some of his projects.

August 18, 2010
Bill and Tim continued on the iPhone app. I think Paul and Srini paired a bit on swiby. I paired with Yujun on his Compalgo project trying to come up with a simple example. Cosmin worked on some Clojure (RSS feed reader?).

August 25, 2010
I did a bit of pairing on a C# project with Michael Perry. Greg and (the other) Richard did some Haskell. Yujun continued on Compalgo.

September 1, 2010
Paul and I paired on trying to extend LambdaJ to add an average function (it already has a sum).

September 8, 2010
Bill continued work on his iPhone app with assistance from Tim and others. Srini and I tried to understand the basics of ASM for code generation. Paul and (?) worked on a Firefox plug-in.

Monday, September 13, 2010

There is a Geek Night in Dallas!

The Dallas Geek Night meetup is sponsored by ThoughtWorks (my employer). We work on open source projects in various languages. The goal is to be able to commit something at least once per evening.

We've had people working in Java, C#, Haskell, ...

ThoughtWorks typically brings in some pizza for the attendees.