Special Event: Hacking Blind

You know that language you've heard about? The one you fancy giving a try, but haven't got 'round to? This West London Hack Night Special is for you! We'll be doing the usual hack night with one big twist: No-one can use a language they know anything about.

Yes, we'll have an ultra-simple challenge, and your job is to go in completely blind and hack a solution in a language you've never used before, in 90 minutes.

As usual we're upstairs in the Crown & Anchor & the schedule is:

18:00 - Doors open. Arrive, chat, order food.

19:15 - Kickoff. Choose tonight's hack, form teams.

19:30 - Hack, Hack, Hack!

21:00 - Show & Tell.

Personally I'm toying with either Go or Erlang, but as long as you have no idea how to program in it, you can choose it. If JavaScript or C are foreign countries to you, now's the time to give them a spin.

It'll be a great chance to finally kick the tires of a language that's got you curious, or just to stretch yourself and see how agile your brain is feeling. Oh, and if you're new to hack nights, this is a perfect chance to get started - everyone will be a beginner tonight...

See you there,

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  • Andrey N

    Can't make it

    February 26

  • Ben V.

    change of plan, can't make it this time

    February 26

  • Dylan L.

    sorry, will probably not be able to make it tonight :(

    February 26

  • Neale S.

    Won't be able to make the whole evening now, any objections if I turn up for show and tell?

    February 26

    • Kris J.

      Yup, no problem. You're always welcome Neale. :-)

      February 26

  • Peter W.

    Sorry folks, I've gazumped, I can't make it, hopefully I'll be there for the next one in about 2 weeks.

    February 24

  • Adam R.

    Sorry guys, I am going to have to drop out. I forgot I already bought tickets months ago to a gig on the same night.

    February 24

  • Andy R.

    Out of interest, how stringent is the rule "No-one can use a language they know anything about."?
    I'm guessing we'd want to at least have the required dev tools installed? Interested in hacking a bit of Clojure but would it be cheating to look up a few fundamentals before the night?

    February 19

    • Kris J.


      1 · February 20

    • Andy R.

      Unfortunately I now find out I can't make this, space freed up for someone else hopefully.

      February 24

  • Dave C.

    Sorry, going to have to give this one a miss it seems. I'll make a point of using Clojure at the next actual hack night instead.

    February 21

  • Kris J.

    Hmm...now I'm veering towards Elixir...

    1 · February 17

    • Rob M.

      I'd happily go Elixir for a night!

      1 · February 19

  • Peter J.

    I doubt we can come up with anything useful given what we're planning but this was interesting and likely to still be topical:

    2 · February 17

  • Ben G.

    Roy is looking attractive. I'm working on a blog post about strongly-typed languages that target JavaScript.

    February 17

  • Adam A.

    Am traveling again :'(

    January 23, 2014

    • Kris J.

      Shame. Give my regards to the jet-set. :-D

      January 23, 2014

  • Fatos

    would love to try Julia! I'm in.

    2 · January 23, 2014

  • Tom O.

    Erlang could be interesting! I recently read http://joearms.github.io/2013/1...­ - don't entirely understand why Joe Armstrong would consider it his favourite program which means there's probably a lightbulb moment or two hidden in there somewhere

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Peter J.

    New languages => fun!

    Maybe Racket... Of course, I'll probably go off and learn it now I've mentioned it. I wonder what it is...

    January 17, 2014

    • Kris J.

      Ooh, yes, I'm tempted by Racket too. But it's probably a bit too close to Clojure to count.

      I'm going to be strict with myself - whichever language I choose, I'm not going to learn a thing about it until the night. :-)

      January 18, 2014

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