Colorado Tech Weekly #86: Games, Growth and Coding #LikeAGirl

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So I’ll admit I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday. I went ice skating with my 11 year old daughter like we usually do on Sundays. However I couldn’t help but notice the impact of the Always #LikeAGirl commercial. My daughter definitely skates like a girl: Determined and focused. I mention coding like a girl because half of my upcoming events are from women, for women and they will help you code like a girl. I hope organizations like Girl Develop It and Women Who Code continue to grow so my daughter can take advantage of them when she’s old enough.

This weekend I got experience ClutchCon, Colorado’s first ever eSports tournament and LAN party thanks to DaVinci Coders. They asked me to volunteer at their booth promoting their new Game Development program. Here are a few things I learned from ClutchCon:

  • The game development community is small. Really small! If you can name more than 5 game development companies in Colorado with 10 or more employees I’d be shocked and amazed.
  • Games are still for kids. The stereotype of the gamer as the cynical teenage boy cursing obscenities at n00bs while guzzling caffeine is just that, a poor stereotype. I was impressed by the amount of teens I saw there with their parents. I was especially impressed with Steven Harmon, the 15 year old with his own booth to show off his games with business cards, T-shirts and parental support.
  • If you want to become a game developer, learn C# and Unity. It’s that simple.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • $758M in funding and $11B in exits: Colorado tech just had its best year ever [BuiltinColorado]
  • 16 diverse startups at Galvanize pitch cool tech [TechKnowBytes]
  • Anna Ewing appointed executive director of  Colorado Innovation Network and  chief operating officer of OEDIT [COIN]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Boulder’s Techstars gets new fund, Denver-based Dizzion raises $3.9M, and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based FullContact launches Unified Address Book for iOS with new $7M equity investment [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize’s new nonprofit foundation will give out scholarships for code schools [TechCrunch]
  • How Broomfield’s Level 3 gets the Super Bowl to your TV, tablet and smartphone [TechKnowBytes]
  • Rapidly growing Denver-based Choozle closes $4.1M funding round [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Scott McNealy to preach virtues of Colorado at showcase for VCs [Xconomy]
  • UNC receives $75K CDHE grant to help increase numbers of minority STEM students [InnovatioNews]

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Dev News Weekly #5: Where it’s mostly about mobile… and niceness

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I’m not usually one to quote Mother Teresa, but I like this quote a lot. I do have to admit to having ulterior motives with this newsletter though. If I keep this up, I’ll soon learn which technologies I am most interested in. You would think that would be an easy thing for me to figure out, but it’s surprisingly difficult.

Developer News

  • Where are the mobile dev payouts? In enterprise apps [InfoWorld]
  • Sprint partners with Google to sell apps for business [ReCode]
  • Can the Amazon Fire Phone take on iPhone and Samsung? [ReCode]
  • New Firefox 31 focuses on improving developer tools [VentureBeat]
  • Nvidia announces Shield Tablet, an Android device for hardcore gamers [ReCode]
  • Microsoft Open Tech brings support for more open-source projects to Azure [TechCrunch]
  • Cisco launches DevNet to woo software developers [eWeek]
  • Apple has paid $20 billion to iOS devs, half of it in the past year [TechCrunch]
  • For half, degrees In computing, math, Or stats lead to other jobs [Slashdot]
  • Tango luring developers to its platform with new $25 Million Global Games Fund [TechCrunch]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

Ruby Rogues logoThe Ruby Rogues podcast has quickly become one of my favorite programming podcasts! I started listening to it because I am teaching myself Ruby on Rails. This is not why you should listen to this podcast.

It’s a weekly podcast that spends most of the time talking about issues that ALL programmers have, regardless of the language you code in. It’s fun. You should give it a listen.

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Dev News Weekly #4: Where there are 10 stories, no more, no less

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Dev News Weekly is designed to give you (and me) 10 useful software/web developer stories every Tuesday morning!

I have a hard and fast rule for myself when it comes to my Dev News Weekly and Colorado Tech Weekly posts: There will be 10 stories, no more, no less. 10 shall be the number of stories, and the number of stories shall be 10. 11 stories there shall not be, neither should there be 9, excepting that when there is one more to make 10.

This week was especially difficult to narrow all the stories down to 10. No wonder so many people narrow their blogs down to specific languages and frameworks. It’s a little mind-blowing to keep track of it all. I eventually ended up getting frustrated and picking stories that had the word “developer” in the headline. Speaking of frustrating, I realized that I haven’t written any code since I started this news letter. I see little green squares in my near future…and Monty Python.

Developer News

  • We don’t need new image formats: Mozilla works to build a better JPEG [ArsTechnica]
  • Employers use customized bonus plans to attract developers, survey says [ComputerWorld]
  • Apple and IBM want you to use an iPhone at work, please [ArsTechnica]
  • Google offers up a free crash course in Android development [TechCrunch]
  • Net neutrality comments flood FCC, crashing site as deadline extended [ReCode]
  • Microsoft seeks developer partners for mobile-first, cloud-first world [eWeek]
  • Microsoft merges developer resources for Windows Store and Windows Phone, adds 21 new payout markets [TheNextWeb]
  • Developers and Apple open up on new Swift programming language [ZDNet]
  • Amazon sets sights on snagging mobile developers [InfoWorld]
  • Microsoft slashing up to 18,000 jobs [DBJ]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

static.squarespace.comThe Application Developers Alliance is one of the first good, general sources I found for development. It is “a non-profit global membership organization that supports developers as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs.” It’s geared a little more towards the developer as a business person crowd so if you wonder about ROI as much as you wonder about TDD, then this could be a good group for you.

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Dev News Weekly #3: All the big names doing all the big things

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Satya Nadella laid out his vision for Microsoft this week. I like “productivity and platform” over “software and services”. “Software and services” sounds like “stuff and junk” just without the cool alliteration. Apple showed transparency with Swift. Amazon showed off some new AWS services and Google released a cross-platform SDK! I feel like I’m cheating at SEO but this all really did happen this week.

Developer News

  • Apple opens up with a new blog about Swift, its new programming language [TechCrunch]
  • App developers gain resource hub, search engine to build the future [MediaPost]
  • Microsoft is a ‘productivity and platform company’ now, Nadella says [VentureBeat]
  • Software developers rank ALM tools as best to use [eWeek]
  • Game of Code: Checkio gamifies and crowdsources the task of programming [VentureBeat]
  • Apigee initiates global API challenge [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Python is now the most popular introductory teaching language at top U.S. universities [ACM]
  • Amazon courts mobile devs with a new suite of AWS services [VentureBeat]
  • Google Updates Android’s Play Games and Cross-Platform SDKs [ProgrammableWeb]
  • New Raspberry Pi “B+” uses less power, has more USB ports [ArsTechnica]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

My last 2 picks have been podcasts so I felt the need to change it up. This week my pick is codecademy.com. For too long I said “I want to be a developer” without having an answer to the question “What kind of developer?” Codecademy allowed me to try out a language without too much overhead, actually without any overhead! It’s all on their site. If you want to check out a new web programming language, give them a visit!

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Dev News Weekly #2: Where typos break code and Microsoft does evreything

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Dev News Weekly is designed to give you (and me) 10 useful software/web developer stories every Tuesday morning!

Did you notice my typo in my headline? I bet you did. It was on purpose, I promise. This week, Google told us that the top reason code doesn’t compile is typos. Telling programmers that typos cause the most errors is like telling us that water is wet or the sun is bright. But I guess with having it proven, it’s nice to know I’m not alone. Speaking of proving things, how do you prove that water is wet anyway?

Developer News

  • Amazon launches its most affordable EC2 instances yet, but there’s a caveat [TechCrunch]
  • Why the growing API economy gives developers limitless opportunities [VentureBeat]
  • Microsoft chooses sides in battle for Internet of Things [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Accessory developers, meet iOS 8 [DoubleEncore]
  • Zend upgrade improves quality of PHP code [ProgrammableWeb]
  • IBM expects nanotube transistor computer chips ready soon after 2020 [MITTechnologyReview]
  • Google study: Typos are the top reason your code won’t compile [VentureBeat]
  • Microsoft, Perfecto Mobile enhance multi-platform device testing [eWeek]
  • Microsoft wants Visual Studio to be your one-stop cross-platform dev shop [ArsTechnica]
  • “HummingBoard” looks like a Raspberry Pi but packs in more power [ArsTechnica]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

CoderRadio_1760-Feb.-15-09.35Another one of my favorite podcasts is Coder Radio. It’s a weekly podcast recorded every Monday. Coder Radio is hosted by IT guy turned podcaster, Chris Fisher and co-hosted by independent software development president and coder, Michael Dominick so it provides a great contrast between ops and development.

It’s a more discussion-based show. They touch on the latest news, but spend more time discussing the topic of the show and spend a lot of time interacting with viewer/listener feedback. Another fun, infotainment show!

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Dev News Weekly #1: Where Android and I both try something new

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Dev News Weekly is designed to give you (and me) 10 useful software/web developer stories every Tuesday morning!

I’m getting fairly comfortable with my primary newsletter, Colorado Tech Weekly. However, I started that newsletter for 2 reasons. Keep up with the Colorado tech community and keep up with the developer community. Since there is so much Colorado tech news, it has pushed aside the developer news, so I decided to try this on for size. Since I’m leaning towards web development, that’s where most of my news will probably point. I hope you like it!

Developer News

  • Rackspace announces Global Mobile App Challenge with $20,000 In prizes [AppDeveloperMagazine]
  • One Month raises $770K to teach all of the coding [TechCrunch]
  • Hacking the hacker school: How the bootcamp is being taken to scale outside the coding world [VentureBeat]
  • Bootstrap 3.2 highlights mobile features, adds browser bug tracking [InfoWorld]
  • Android L first take: Developers are excited, intrigued [InfoWorld]
  • Developers rejoice: Android innovation rules at Google I/O [InfoWorld]
  • Oracle Embraces JSON and RESTful APIs [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Study: 9K apps and 397M users show cost-per-install is the worst mobile user acquisition method [VentureBeat]
  • Eclipse Luna picks up Java 8, PHP, C/C++ support [InfoWorld]
  • Mozilla launches built-in HTML5 app development environment For Firefox [TechCrunch]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

DTNS-LogoThis week you should check out the Daily Tech News Show! It’s one of my favorite tech podcasts thanks to host, Tom Merritt’s enthusiasm. Each show is less than 60 minutes long and is available every weekday afternoon. It’s informative and fun. It’s infotainment for your ears… or your eyes if you watch the video version.

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Colorado Tech Weekly #33: Volunteering, court battles and new things

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I don’t remember making any New Year’s resolutions about volunteering, but if I had I’d be doing a great job following through on those resolutions. Last week I mentioned that I volunteered to help run and promote Colorado Technology Association’s C-Level at Mile High. If you’re looking to get your foot in the door of Colorado’s tech industry, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to volunteer for this event.

In following through on a New Year’s resolution that I DID make, I went to a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) meeting at my daughter’s elementary school last week. I ended up volunteering to help monitor the computer lab after school on Tuesdays. I’m excited to help kids with their online homework while I work on my own.

Now to volunteer some interesting news…

Local News

  • Sprint is in the process of rolling out 4G LTE network in Colorado Springs and parts of Denver [TechKnowBytes]
  • First-ever Denver Mini Maker Faire set for May 3-4, exhibitor registration deadline is March 16 [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot releases Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus for PC Gamers to protect during online play [InnovatioNews]
  • First layoffs hit Denver-based Convercent; CEO Patrick Quinlan cites startup growing pains [DBJ]
  • Then Convercent announces partnership with Click 4 Compliance [InnovatioNews]
  • As Colorado’s Amazon tax law heads to court, enforcement questions arise [TechknowBytes]
  • Federal budget deal puts $2.7 billion into Colorado space projects [DBJ]

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National News

  • New API will simplify Google Drive integration with Android apps, Google says [ComputerWorld]
  • Will title swap at the top promote more adaptability within GitHub? President Becomes CEO, CEO Becomes President [TechCrunch]
  • Supreme Court to decide several important Intellectual Property cases in 2014 [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #32: Overwhelming events and mobile contradictions

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Well my first Built in Brews event was… overwhelming. If you are ever in doubt about the vibrancy of the tech startup scene in Denver, go to one of those events. Your doubts will easily be put to rest. I forgot how loud networking events can get. I also forgot how futile they seem when you don’t have anything to ask of or offer other people. I also learned that admitting ignorance to someone that is 10 years younger than me is much easier to do behind a keyboard than it is face-to-face.small-logo

Speaking of large, overwhelming events, I have signed up to volunteer for the CTA C-Level @ Mile High event on March 6. I also signed up to help market the event online, so be prepared to see me mention it a few times. The only other CTA event I’ve been to was the APEX Conference last summer, so if it’s anywhere as organized as APEX was, it should be a good time.

Local News

  • 2013 Colorado Startup Report: Over $1B Generated through Exits (infographic) [BuiltinColorado]
  • 4 Colorado cities (Denver, Boulder, Greeley and Ft. Collins) rank among nation’s 20 ‘best performing’ for jobs, tech [DBJ]
  • Colorado companies Dish and Westone win “Best Of” awards at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Rogue Wave acquires Klocwork to enhance code security and reliability [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin secures $3.9M Air Force contract to continue tracking missiles, space debris [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s FullContact buys Latvia-based Cobook, adds contact management apps and 1M users [Xconomy]

National News

  • GitHub acquires Y Combinator Alum Easel, a browser-based web design tool [TechCrunch]
  • Forget trying to make money off mobile apps – App monetization to get tougher still, with Gartner predicting 94.5% of downloads will be free by 2017 [TechCrunch]
  • But make mobile games and you’ll be rich! – Mobile gaming could drive entire video game industry to $100B in revenue by 2017 [VentureBeat]
  • U.S. appeals court strikes down FCC net neutrality rules [Reuters]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #31: Do whatever you need wherever you want

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I felt like I could’ve easily posted 20 stories, but part of the fun of these posts is narrowing it down to the 10 most interesting stories of the week. I’m really curious about the trend of the technology industry allowing us to work from anywhere. Whether it’s cloud services, coworking spaces, connected cars or wearable devices we are increasingly allowing (forcing?) us to work from wherever we want.

I am looking forward to my first Built in Brews event this Thursday. Since I like beer and I like smart, ambitious people, it should be a good time.

Local News

  • CES 2014: Colorado roundup with Logic Integration, Revolv, Dish and EnerPlex [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-founded Elihuu positions for national expansion [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado coworking spaces create a statewide membership [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Wayin acquires Comenta TV to power on-air social media [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Cloud Elements makes a developer’s life easier with Documents Hub launch [BuiltinColorado]
  • Cloud service provider Peak, based in Denver, starts 2014 with $4 million and big goals [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Ball Aerospace trims workforce by 77 jobs [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network drops out of LightSquared bidding [DBJ]

National News

  • Google announces Open Automotive Alliance to drive Android Into connected cars [TechCrunch]
  • CES 2014: Less Is more for smart watches and other wearable gadgets [TechnologyReview]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #26: Celebration, Education and Information

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There are 52 weeks in a year. This is my 26th weekly post. What does that mean? It’s another milestone! I’ve now been doing these posts for half a year and I still enjoy it.

Speaking of weeks, this week is Computer Science Education Week and I get to celebrate it by volunteering at Mortensen Elementary (my daughter’s school) to help out with their Hour of Code program on Tuesday. I’m very excited!

Speaking of Tuesday, this Tuesday is Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day makes it really easy to donate to local charities by putting all the information in one place. You can get more information on 2 of my favorite charities here: Colorado FIRST and KidsTek.

Speaking of information, here’s what happened in the past week and what’s going on into next week.

Local News

  • A look at Colorado government’s shift to Google, one year later [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Photobucket: Web traffic numbers show 28% increase since site relaunch in Spring [InnovatioNews]
  • Tech Tuesday: Hot startups in Colorado including FlexJobs, HealthGrades and SeedPaths [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based LogRhythm granted patent for architectural foundation of its AI Engine [InnovatioNews]
  • Ex-Googlers that live and work among Colorado’s digital community [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s T3Media wins Department of Defense contract with strength of metadata tagging [BuiltinColorado]

National News

  • SimCity wants to be the killer app of the classroom [Washington Post]
  • Salesforce Adds $1M prize in disputed hackathon [AdWeek]
  • Intel makes another acquisition: Hacker League, A platform for hackathons, is now a part of Mashery [TechCrunch]
  • House passes Innovation Act by vote of 325-91: a small solution to a big patent problem [GigaOm]

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I have a break in my courses at Regis until January. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find all my updates on my website design project here.