Fun with RUM (ClojureScript language)
Angular 2 by Nathan L. Smith
Our fearless leader Nathan L. Smith then delves into Angular 2. I found the Syntax with the use of multiple types of brackets impressive! It makes sense that each bracket is used for specific reasons!
As always, thank you to MetaCommunications for the free beer and pizza at this event!
EPXCON 2016 is being held at the University of Iowa’s Art Building West located at 141 N Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA on both Saturday and Sunday. This event is for people who is interested in game development or, like me, just like to play games when they have a free moment.
Crowd in the Auditorium at EPXCON Game Dev
Eric Neuhaus’s booth at EPXCON Game Dev
You may recognize Eric Neuhaus from one of my other blog posts about game dev. He is showing off several of his new games at this year’s EPXCON. Eric is trying to get his most recent game Crystal Control II on Steam. Like he said, if he was making music he’d want to be on iTunes, seeing that he’s making games and he’s trying to get it on Steam.
Diego Floor’s booth at EPXCON Game Dev
I had a blast playing Diego Floor‘s game. He has been working on this game off and on for 3 years. You can play his addictive game called Apple and Worm: Patching holes in spacetime online now! It’s a fun game that still has some glitches, but definitely one of the several great games at this event.
KintoGames booth at EPXCON Game Dev
People at EPXCON Game Dev
Over all, this place was kinda dead. Unfortunately the promotion of this event isn’t what it should be! I, myself, didn’t hear about this event until last minute (thanks Eric Neuhaus). It is the 5th year that the University of Iowa has held this event. I’m hoping the word gets out better next year because the games from local designers were quite impressive. Alone there were conferences being held upstairs for aspiring animators and game developers! It’s a must go for any game dev in Eastern Iowa!
Jessica Bertling, is a front end web developer in eastern Iowa. She and I became friends over Twitter revolving around several of the same interests. We are both heavily into website UI (User Interface Design) to give our users a better UX (User eXperience) and it turns out she also enjoys playing pinball as well!
Jessica now works at Newbo.co in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as the lead UX/UI designer of multiple projects, including one for testing students. I’m expecting to see great things coming from that brand new company soon.
Anyone can sign up for a 5 minute lightning talk at the A.L.T. (Art + Life + Tech) event held in the creative corridor area. Tonight’s ALT community lighting talks had a wide range of topics: From game development by Eric Neuhaus using Construct 2 which is an app produced by Scirra, to a presentation by Thomas Hansen creating web applications with background processing using backgroundworkers, to hacking an Amazon Echo presented by Wesley Beary.
Game Development by Eric Neuhaus:
Background notifications by Thomas Hansen:
Hacking an Amazon Echo by Wesley Beary:
Wesley Beary goes over techcorridor.io upcoming events:
Play or download the game made by Eric Neuhaus during ALT talk:
I’m sitting at Forbidden Planet enjoying my calzone and in comes the co-owner Tommy Connolly talking about how he is having troubles with updating one of his other company’s (The Bluebird Diner) websites that is based on WordPress. After one of the patrons of the restaurant jokingly Google’s “what is WordPress”, I chime in asking what would you like to know about it? I started off by saying lots of people think it’s just used for blogging, but also lots of large corporations use this technology to easily manage their website(s).
Needless to say Tommy realized that I work with WP full time and I even name-dropped that I’m the Co-Organizer/Event Host for the Cedar Rapids WordPress Meetup Group. Tommy has become a friend of mine over the years that I’ve been going to Forbidden Planet and I offered to help him out with getting the company logo with downloadable menu in a PDF file format to show up on the website.
Tommy logged into The Bluebird Dinner’s website and I navigated over to the Appearance > Widgets to update the right side widget area of the website that was missing the logo with downloadable pdf menu. I noticed that the original website designer utilized a plugin called WP-Filebase, a plugin that I was not currently familiar with. I noticed while looking at the widgets area in the admin panel that the plugin was trying to autofill but it wasn’t currently on the correct setting of “menu_2”. The previous web designer didn’t make the selections all that clear, but I was able to dope it out quickly and get the logo with downloadable PDF up and running fast! It still needs some CSS work and maybe a line break to completely look good, but getting the Menu back up and running was key at this point.
A refill of my coffee and game tokens to play the pinball machines was all the payment I needed for this quick job and potential new customer in the future.
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