January Code Jam - A Code Retreat

There's free street parking and the lots nearby don't usually ticket on Sundays so they should be free.

If you need help getting into the building call Zach Morek's google voice number: (302)[masked]

See you soon!

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Who - Anyone looking to improve their coding chops
What - Code Retreat: Spending some time on fresh code (Ruby, Javascript, Java, Go, etc.)
Where - Continuity Control @ 59 Elm St Suite 210
When - Sunday Jan 19th - 1pm - 4pm
Why - Improving skills that will help your projects personally and professionally
How - Test Driven Development and Pair Programming on Conway's Game of Life

Bring your own computers and extra keyboards where possible.

If you're new to coding in general, please check out this set-up guide to get your computer ready for your first code jamming experience.


Rock On!

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  • Dan B.

    If you particularly enjoyed Conway's Game of Life, and want to learn about other kinds of generative computation, we're having a night of Generative Art Lightning Talks on 2/19, at Continuity Control again: http://www.meetup.com/newhavenio/events/158964732/

    1 · January 21, 2014

    • Michael P.

      And there's a MOOC on generative/computational­ art, using Processing, starting this weekend: https://www.coursera.o...­

      January 21, 2014

    • Dan B.

      Thx for posting! I just enrolled. (We'll see how much I work at it - but it'll be fun to lurk, even if I can't focus on it too much.)

      January 21, 2014

  • Ankur K.

    It was great to meet so many talented and excellent developers with various skills and programming levels. Thank you Zack and Dan for organizing the event and meetup and enabling us all to meet. I look forward to meeting everyone again soon.

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Justin

    Had a great time learning more about pair programming and meeting other devs. Thanks to Zach and Dan for hosting the event.

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Michael P.

    Disappointed I had to leave before the final session could conclude -- I had a blast and learned some good stuff. Thanks everyone at CC!

    January 19, 2014

  • Christian

    Huge thanks to everyone. Zach - great job organizing, helping and encouraging everyone at different skill levels. I had never pair programmed before, and found it to be a refreshing way to learn new ways of thinking. Looking forward to more events in the future. If anyone wants to learn more about R, don't hesitate to be in touch. Enjoy!

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Anthony C

    Hey Zach and Dan, thanks a lot for organizing the event. Was my first meet up and was definitely interesting. If anyone here is more of a beginner level, shoot me a message. I'm looking to maybe do some more frequent, less formal meetings online or in person to maybe go over some more foundational/beginner level stuff. Or if you guys put something together I'd be interested in that.

    1 · January 19, 2014

    • Dan B.

      Glad you came to hack with us!

      Check out the A100 group - they do more of the beginner-level programming stuff, and Krishna, Derek, Melanie, and Adrianne are all great people. They have a weekly study hall that should be just what you're looking for.

      But keep your eye on NHv.io, because we sometimes have beginner nights, too.

      January 19, 2014

    • Anthony C

      Yeah, that group looks perfect. I'll check it out. Thanks a lot Dan. I'll keep my out out for NHV io as well.

      January 19, 2014

  • Chalise

    January 19, 2014

    • Dan B.

      Hah! Here's that quote from the intro to SICP, "programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute." http://mitpress.mit.e...­

      1 · January 19, 2014

  • Dan B.

    Seemed like everyone learned a lot, and a bunch of pairs had some nice Games of Life running.

    January 19, 2014

  • Zach M.

    Updated parking and entrance information.
    See above.

    January 19, 2014

  • Anthony C

    I've never read anything about this game being implemented. My friend and I have no experience in Python. I setup my IDE and such, but will it be useful for us to attend this session? We're both beginning development and most of my background so far is in Java and C#

    January 19, 2014

    • Dan B.

      It gets implemented all the time, just for fun. :)

      If you have a java/c# background, you should be ok. You can pair with others and get some python or ruby exposure (both are lovely, powerful languages), and then show off some java. Processing.org is java, and you could do some great graphics with it...

      January 19, 2014

  • Rob

    What's the plan? To implement the game in the environment/language of choice?

    January 18, 2014

    • Dan B.

      Yep, any and all languages are welcome.

      January 19, 2014

    • Dan B.

      Note: Continuity Control is at 59 Elm St #210.

      Google maps has old information.

      Every so often that screws someone up. :/

      January 19, 2014

  • Jason W.

    Visiting from DC!

    2 · January 18, 2014

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