For most people, the holiday season is over, but here, where Michigan and Ohio meet, there is one more major event: CodeMash.
I have not yet figured out my entire schedule, but there’s a few things I plan to concentrate on. I need to learn more about WinRT. I’ve had too little time to build samples and learn about it yet. I want to learn more about Scala, an exciting functional style language that runs on the JVM. Beyond those specific goals, I want to learn about techniques I can apply across any platform. I don’t believe I’ve learned as much as I can about modern software engineering techniques: testing, continuous improvement, advances in languages, frameworks, and libraries. I want to spend as much time as possible in sessions that are not platform specific, or language specific.
I am giving two different talks this year. Early Friday afternoon, I have “C# Stunt Coding: I Dare You to Try This at Home” This is a really fun talk to give. I get to start by saying that all the techniques I’m explaining are for edge cases, and specific problems, so chances are you will rarely want to use them in your everyday coding activities. Of course, that means everyone will pay careful attention, and immediately try everything I show the very next day. There’s no avoiding it. Developers just think that way. That makes it more fun.
Ok, not really.
The other talk I have is “Async From the Outside”, where I discuss how the new async programming model in C# 5 introduces new ways to to make async programming easier. You may have noticed that the abstract for Async From the Outside references the talk “Async From the Inside”, given by Jon Skeet, author of the very popular and respected “C# In Depth”. If you look at the abstract for Async from the Inside, you’ll see it references Async From the Outside.
There’s a few more items you should notice about these two talks:
You may be thinking that it would be better to mash these two talks together, giving attendees two hours of async inside and out.
Well, Jon and I thought the same thing. We’re working together on a single stream of content, with both of us working together for the duration of the two talks. We’ll discuss how to use a feature, how it’s implemented, and how to use it in your regular development activities.
Well CodeMash fans, this will be the first time Jon and I have met in person. We’ve emailed, chatted, skyped, google talked, and been on .NET Rocks together, but we’ve never yet met in person. I’m looking forward to it. Jon and I are working quite diligently to make sure we deliver quality content.
Jon also has his own individual talk to give: C#’s Greatest Mistakes. I’m really looking forward to that one as well. Jon has shared some of the content with me. He’s one of a very small set of people that can give a talk like this, and make it a great talk for people to learn, not a screed. It’s one of Jon’s best qualities: the skill to be critical, yet positive.
Jon has written a similar post on CodeMash.
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