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January

2011

Sublime Text 2

I ran across this sweet looking text editor from a Facebook post by Jackson Miller. Oh how I love textmate but let’s face it …. it has not been updated in a long time and I think our favorite OS X editor may start loosing it’s users to new editors like this.

I for one love textmate and have spent a lot of time getting things just they way I like them but I think I am going to have to give Sublime Text 2 a try now that there is an OS X version

Sublime Text 2: Public Alpha

Sublime Text 2 is available now as a public alpha, for Windows, OS X, and Linux.

Sublime Text 2 started life as Sublime Text X, and was first available as a preview to registered users several months ago. Since then, there’s been an average of one new release a week. It’s come a long way, and it’s time to open it to a wider audience.

Sublime Text 2 is currently at a late alpha stage. Primarily, this means there are still several features missing compared to Sublime Text 1. These include spell checking, bookmarks, distraction free editing, a full python API, and general UI polish. These features will be coming over the next few months.

Recruiters are Full of Shit

As a developer in the industry I have seen my opportunity for work grow over the past few years. If any of you have found yourself scrambling for work and you post your resume online you know as soon as you do you almost instantly get hit with complete bullshit, template based emails from recruiting companies. If you don’t know how to spot these type of emails it’s pretty simple. They usually start with Dear job seeker or candidate, and they usually “might” say something about the programming language or technology you work in along with a list of job opportunities that require you know every other technology in the industry.

Luckily I have been able to filter most of the over the years and most of them hit my spam folder.

I have heard many complaints from developers over the years about the recruiting industry. It’s for sure taken on an “Us vs. Them” mentality, and in most cases, rightfully so.

I am invited to be on a panel at SXSW  that will be covering topics about Recruiters in the tech industry. I am hoping to shed some light from a developers perspective on when to seek contracts by using a recruiter and when to run the other way, and guess what …… 99% of the time I run the other way. Believe it or not there are a few situations where I would not be where I am today without the couple of situations that I have found myself working through recruiters.

The panel is not meant to be an advertisement for the current company / recruiter that I work with at all. Rather it’s meant to get real with this shit. We all can benefit in our industry if we form real relationships where we need too and create the “win / win” for everyone involved. This may or may not involve a recruiter or recruiting company.

I am really looking forward to SXSW and meeting a lot of great people while I am there. Please let me know if you’re going to be there.  I would enjoy meeting up with some cool people and most importantly …. if you are a developer please find yourself sitting in this session because this will be your chance to voice your concerns and ask questions.

In the wake of one of the worst economic disasters in our lifetimes, recruiters/headhunters can hold the golden ticket to finding a dream job. Mega corporations are moving to vendor managed processes that silence the average job seeker and all but force them into the waiting arms of a headhunter. Job seekers new to town and new to a job market rely heavily on the knowledge of recruiters to shine a light on who’s hiring. What’s not mentioned are the massive turnover numbers inside the “search industry”. 70% quit within the first year and then those that stay wonder why job seekers despise working with them. This panel will feature both sides of the coin. (1) Recruiters (technical) that have proven successful in their respective industries but had to battle to achieve independence among the masses of greasy sales folk. (2) Job seekers (software developers) that have gone through horrible processes and are not only unafraid to share the horrors but can speak intelligently about what the loved and hated. A no holds barred session of what works and what doesn’t and more importantly why and why not. In the spirit of SXSW, ample time will be given to dauntless dialogue from those in attendance. The veil of secrecy will be dropped.

Presenters

David Sidlinger Code Craftsman N/A

David Sidlinger is a husband, father, all-around swell guy, and code craftsman from Nashville, Tennessee. David has a deep love for his wife, his son, and beautiful code and a hatred for null that burns brighter than the brightest star. He has been bending computers to his will for 25 years, 12 professionally, and is currently working for a healthcare company. A team member and builder, he has dealt with all sides of technical recruiting.

Matthew Wallace Owner/Software Dev Wallace Development

I am a Software Developer who primarily uses the Flash Platform for the development of Web, Desktop, and Mobile applications. My clients are/have been Adobe Consulting, Yahoo, Digital Reasoning, Moontoast, and Healthways. I am also the manager of the Nashville Flash Platform User Group. My latest endeavor is an application dubbed Venueblast due to release in early 2011. Signup to be a part at http://venueblast.com. I have a passion for problem solving and creativity creativity relative to software development centered around multi-media experience. Everything that I do is driven by loving what I do and creating kick ass experiences for users.

Scott Gordon Partner Vaco LLC

Nashville, TN’s 2010 Blogger/Social Media Person of the Year, Scott Gordon, the “Anti Pimp” (www.TheAntiPimp.com) himself, is a nationally renowned speaker on the mechanics of unlocking the power of putting your money where your mouth is. He brings his 14 years of experience in “buying and selling people” for some of the nation’s most successful technology consulting and placement firms, mixes in unbridled enthusiasm and a healthy dose of sarcasm to deliver some real “ah-ha” moments. Scott’s real-life examples and insights will demonstrate how existing relationships can go miles deeper through the use of social networks and social media. He’s a lover of the game, a diligent student and an excellent communicator. Top exec’s at companies like Publix, Disney, Universal Studios, Sears, Gaylord Entertainment and Electronic Arts have learned from Scott. He’s not for the faint of heart, though. His in-your-face views of the misnomers and best practices of the world will leave you smiling and nodding. He literally escaped the Fortune 500 company in 2004 to assist in opening an office for a now national consulting firm, Vaco. (www.Vaco.com) Vaco has grown over 2000% in just 8 years and recently named as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States by Inc. magazine. Scott has been a Partner with Vaco since joining in 2004

Tiffany Jennings Interactive Acct Mgr Aquent

Tiffany Jennings has been recruiting in Portland for almost 8 years. Largely focused on the Interactive Design/Development and User Experience space for Aquent. She is part of the Learning Services Team coaching and mentoring new recruiters on building positive talent relationships and staying abreast to changing skill sets and technology trends. Tiffany’s unique (and bad ass) recruiting perspective has helped land her talent positions with Nike, Adobe, Intel, T-mobile, Microsoft and Razorfish locally and globally. V,O,W,L- Recruiting everything from .Net Developers, CNC Machinist to Graphic Designers over the last 8 years, her recruiting experience comes from a variety of industries. Being an opinionated female, Tiffany brings a totally new element to this panel. Currently located in Portland, OR but working with international clientele, Tiffany will be able to contrast and compare mega corps to smaller regional processes

whurley (william hurley)   Chaotic Moon Studios


Unlock Amazing

I recently started working with the guys at driftlab and the experience has been awesome. It’s always great to work with a team of developers that are great at what they do. Working with them, I have gotten to keep my skills sharp with the flash development, but it has also afforded me the opportunity to do some server side development. The project that really allowed me to get my “feet wet” was the Quaker Oats Canada “Unlock Amazing” app for Facebook. Here is the French version for all my French Canadian friends. 

The app allows users to create custom bowls and store them in there Facebook gallary and also add there bowl to the over all count of bowls that users are creating. For each bowl created Quaker Oats is donating food to families in need. Pretty awesome projecte to get to work on. 

Nothing too special going on with the server side development. Just storing Url paths to images and making sure users can only register every seven days.

Anyway, I am 100% sold on using rails. It made development super fast and tones of resources out there when you need it. On top of that it’s great as a UI developer to have a platform that you can use that is fast and really easy to understand. 

Bubble Ball – number one free app by 14 year old developer Robert Nay

As of right now Bubble Ball is the number #1 app in the app store. “Big Deal” right? Well what makes this awesome is a couple of things. First and formost the app was developed by a 14 year old developer, Robert Nay. Number 2 the game play is awesome. Number 3 the developer used CoronaSDK to develop the app. Download it now and give it a try.

So, what does Bubble Ball have going for it? One word: Gameplay!

In Bubble Ball, you’re tasked with a simple mission: Get the ball from point A to point B. Each of the game’s 21 levels gives you a different route to navigate with different game pieces to assist in your deceptively simple-worded quest. Place the geometric pieces however which way you please to create ramps, platforms, and even catapults to send your ball to the finish line. At first, it’s easy; but in the later levels, it can be quite the stumper — but, you will not put your phone down until you figure the very last one out!

SWFSheet – create sprite sheets from SWFs | BIT-101

I have been using CoronaSDK for a while now. I am always on the lookout for tools that will make development faster. Keith Peters just developed and put out a tool that I know without a doubt that I will use. Enter SWFSheet, an AIR application that takes swf files and creates sprite sheets for you from the time line animations that you created in Flash. This is totally awesome. Now I can use my animation skills in Flash to create great png based sprites without too much effort at all.

Take the suck out of Flash development with Sprouts

I have been doing ruby on rails development over the last few weeks and I am loving it. The main thing I love about rails are the generators. My day job mostly consists of doing Flash development so needless to say I was really excited to run across Sprouts.

I have not worked sprouts into my workflow but from what I am reading on the project site the ability to have generators for Actionscript projects is going to be awesome for sure and I look forward to learning and posting more about it in the future.

Project Sprouts is a highly cohesive, loosely coupled collection of features that take some of the suck out of programming.

Sprouts is a modular development platform that takes advantage of Ruby and RubyGems to share code generators, libraries, executables and automated build tasks. It runs anywhere Ruby does, including OS X, Windows, and *nix variants.

Sprouts has been seen working on Mac, Windows and Linux and while it currently targets ActionScript, Flex and AIR development, tools can be easily created to improve any programming environment.


Image courtesy of KatieL366 and the Creative Commons license.

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What are are folks saying?

The best thing to happen to Flex since Matt Chotin….

Ryan Stewart, Adobe Flash Platform Evangelist

I swear project sprouts is the most significant single thing in terms of changing my work flow.

Stray, ActionScript developer

Why would someone use Sprouts?

There are lots of reasons to use Sprouts for your projects, here are some of mine:

  • Test-Driven Development is much easier
  • Decouple builds from development tools
  • Consistent environment across any size team
  • Platform independent tool chain
  • Automatically generate project files, directories, classes, test cases, and test suites
  • Continuous Integration simplified

FITC Toronto 2011

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Now in its 10th year, FITC Toronto is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the world. With some of the most unique and engaging presenters from around the globe, FITC Toronto is a blitz of presentations, demonstrations, and panel discussions, sandwiched between our legendary FITC parties and abundant networking opportunities. Topped off with the FITC Award Show, it’s three days and nights that will leave you inspired, energized and awed.

  • Three full days and nights of events, plus one day of optional pre-festival workshops
  • Over 70 presentations and panels covering the Creative, Technical, and Business aspects of Flash and digital media
  • Over 1200 attendees from around the globe
  • Over 80 internationally renowned design and technology presenters
  • Includes the annual FITC Awards Show
  • Includes FITC evening events
  • Includes the ‘FITC Get a Job’ mixer, a free-to-attend job fair for the Interactive industry