Monday, 13 April 2009

Scratch That

After realising that my son is producing his own videos using ms movie maker, hypercam and the awesome pivot stick figure animator and seeing the quality of this work I decided to introduce him to the really cool Scratch tool from MIT.

This is his first attempt at event driven programming.

This is his second

and its a great but simple game. The diver swims from left to right and back again. The left right cursor keys control the cannon (the pointy wizard's hat) and the space bar fires a bullet at the diver. Each time you hit the diver you get one point.

My son is only 10 and the game's official tester only just turned 7 this week. But they've managed to build and have a global release of their first game in the space of one sunday afternoon - amazing what two easter eggs can achieve in terms of productivity. I wonder if Joel Spolsky is listening....

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Beer and Bytes inaugural meeting

Last night was the first meeting of the Auckland North Shore Beer and Bytes group. I consider is a great success not because I wasn't the only person there (I ensured that by dragging a couple of willing cohorts from work - cheers Joe and Steve), but because I had not anticipated how the evening would progress. Would everyone be bored? What would we talk about?

Well as it happened there was some very interesting things discussed. Joe tells me there were tape (actually digital but due to my age they'll always be tape) recorders in action. If anyone has any snippets they'd a like to add please feel free to add a comment.

Mark and Greg from Tracado gave us a run down on all the cool new things in Silverlight 3 that make this the best release yet. I had discussion about NHibernate and magic. Peter recommends this project as a great example of why WPF is great. But I think my favourite of all was Peter (please could you,  and everyone else who wants to, send me links to your web pages?) encouraging us to have a .net (real guns and bullets) shooting night!

Actually the other main thing we discovered was how many of us have DBase or Clipper in our backgrounds....  Thanks to Steve, Guy, Patrick, Peter, Allan, Joe, David, Mark, Greg and Bruce!

I think the general consensus was that we should do it again so I'll organise one for a couple weeks after Easter. Next time I'll bring my laptop and maybe we'll look at some code too :-)