Tips, Tricks, and Picks
Each of the nine attendees presented one or more items to the group. Almost every single pick resulted in questions and discussion. This meeting ran quite a bit longer than most because of the discussions.
Julian began the meeting by recommending a pair of programming books:
Recipes in C
Some topics Julian researched in the book:
- Curve fitting
- Pseudo-random number generators
- Algorithms in C
John (J.D.) Lightsey
J.D. has been working in OpenStack recently. He talked about OpenStack's support for workflows. This lead to a discussion about parsing YAML files using YAQL.
Chris introduced us to the set of challenges that were presented on the Advent of Code site. Each day, a different programming challenge was presented for people to solve. Chris spent time showing us the digit counting problem that he was solving most recently.
Chris also talked about profiling work he has done recently with NYTProf.
Austin covered a variety of topics with his picks:
- TwiT.tv: the FLOSS Weekly podcast
- As an investment, he recommended the Atlassian IPO
- Chrome: Inspector - emulate devices feature
- ZSH framework: Oh my zsh
Robert talked about several things he has been working on recently. He also said that he took picks concept too seriously on his last pick.
- dia: (Almost UML)
- Lock picking: clear lock similar to this
Middleware for Second Life he worked on: DCS2. System for building games in Second Life back in 2006. He monetized the project by having people sell his items in their games.
Xaviar talked about his experimentation with the HoloLens.
Wade said that he wanted to cover a range of areas with his picks.
- Podcasts: Ruby Rogues,
- vim plugins: gitgutter, surround
- Science Fiction: Peter F. Hamilton
- Military Science Fiction: Honor Harrington Series
Trac has been doing quite a bit of
DBI work lately. He talked about some
of his recent work. Particular focus on the following:
We had 9 people attending this month. As always, we'd like to thank Hostgator, LLC for providing the meeting space and food for the group.