For those that have never heard of CodeMash, it is a Software Developer conference in Sandusky, Oh at a water park. Developers come to the conference to tune-up their skills or learn something new. The best part about CodeMash is the conversations you have outside of the sessions.
ConfTron, the best conference app for Android!
I have compiled my "review" of the sessions I attended below. I provide my feedback so that the presenters and organizers can get an idea of what I felt about the session. CodeMash doesn't give you a way to give feedback, so I thought this would be a good way. If you are the presenter, please take my comments as constructive criticism on how you can improve on or continue doing your presentations in the future.
Android Development Workshop
Getting started with Android development requires a lot of setup on the PC, that isn't always straight forward. Scott and Jeff did a great job in helping everyone to get their environment working. While one was speaking, the other ran around the room helping people. In my case, I had some additional challenges because I wanted to do development for Google TV and that requires a Linux Distro because it uses KVM for the emulator. (Hmm, maybe I should write a blog about my experience setting this up...)
The only area I think needed more explanation was the use of Intents. I was a little familiar with Intents, as Ben Von Handorf gave me a good overview before this session, but I would have liked more. I think this is an important topic in Android development and should have been covered with more detail.
Overall, I enjoyed this workshop given by Jeff and Scott.
HTML5 is here, and the Web will never be the same
In the usual Microsoft fashion (they are Microsoft employees) labs were included in the session. As I understand the value in doing labs, I think they could have been left out. This session had too much content to present with the labs in 4 hours. Regardless, I did walk away with a lot of valuable information.
What the heck are they doing over there? Inside the Microsoft Web Stack of Love
I thought this session was going to be about things I already knew, but was I wrong. Scott went over the new features that Microsoft is working on in ASP.Net vNext. Some of the things presented I already knew about, but others I did not. I was glad I attended this session.
Building Windows 8 Applications with HTML 5 and jQuery
Rich did a good job of giving a brief overview of the new architecture in Windows 8. He explained the difference between WinRT and Win32 well as this has been a big concern for many developers. He went over some sample code that he developed in a Windows 8 VM. I did get something out of the session and Rich was a very good presenter.
Hands-On Responsive and Adaptive Web Design
Windows 8 Metro App with Near Field Communication
Parag went over the different technologies of NFC and showed off some code in a test project on how to communicate with the built-in NFC reader in the Build Tablet. He had some sample tags and demonstrated a cash register concept application. His presentation was well organized and informative. Now I can't wait to get my own Windows 8 Tablet!