December 2018

Tampa Bay Tech Events / Monday, Dec. 31 2018 — Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 / #MakeItTampaBay

Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, tech entrepreneurs, and nerds in and around the Tampa Bay area. The week starts with New Year’s Eve, so while events may be sparse at its start, thing pick up pretty quickly!

Monday, December 31

Tuesday, January 1

Wednesday, January 2

Thursday, January 3

Friday, January 4

Saturday, January 5

Sunday, January 6

 

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Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, tech entrepreneurs, and nerds in and around the Tampa Bay area. It’s the holidays, so there aren’t as many ones this week, but there are still some happening!

Before you decide to attend an event on this list, it might be a good idea to double-check with the organizers that it’s actually happening. Event announcement systems like Meetup get a little ambitious, and once they notice a pattern in an event’s schedule (say, the last Tuesday of every month), they get a little ambitious and try to pre-schedule events.

Monday, December 24

Tuesday, December 25

Wednesday, December 26

Thursday, December 27

Friday, December 28

Saturday, December 29

Sunday, December 30

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We had some serious agile brainpower gathered in one place on Monday, what with:

…all gathered for the end-of-the-year Agile Social meetup, which also doubled as a birthday party for Alistair:

Graphic: Agile Social with Lyssa Adkins and Alistair Cockburn - Holiday Social - Dec 17

It’s not a proper birthday party without Happy Birthday being played in some form, so we did just that. Maria started a DJ set with a more acoustic-sounding mix 50 Cent’s In Da Club (which many people  know only as “Go shawty, it’s your birthday”). In the spirit of agile, I decided to play along with an improvised accordion line, and the result was captured in the video at the top of this article.

Photo: Some of the signers of the agile manifesto gathered around a whiteboard at their Snowbird get-together.

After the set, and as is my tradition whenever I meet someone who signed the Agile Manifesto, I had to ask Alistair my standard question: “Was the gathering at Snowbird anything like Hot Tub Time Machine?

Alas, he said no.

So far, I’ve asked this question to three Agile Manifesto signers:

3 down, 14 to go…

Photo: From left to right, Joey deVilla (with accordion), Lyssa Adkins, Alistair Cockburn, and Anitra Pavka smile at an Agile Social party at Copper Shaker, St. Petersburg, Florida, December 17, 2018.

From left to right: Joey deVilla, Lyssa Adkins, Alistair Cockburn, Anitra Pavka.

Tampa Bay has a lot of agile goings-on, thanks to a lively community of agile practitioners and gatherings, including:

  • Tampa Bay Agile, which organizes a great many local meetups and is managed by some great people: Stephanie Davis, Evy Vicioso, Becky Hartman, Julee Everett, Adam Ulery, Tami V., Carol Dekkers, and of course, Alistair Cockburn,
  • Agile Social, organized by Jennifer Cullen, Ashlie Stevens, and Maria Matarelli,
  • A number of Lean Coffee events — these are morning pre-office-hour events where agilists get together to discuss issues on their minds,
  • Lean Beer, the after-work agile event that’s like Lean Coffee, but with beer, and created by Fred Mastropasqua.

Want to find out more about events like this in the Tampa Bay area? Follow this blog and my Twitter account (I’m @AccordionGuy) — I post a weekly round-up of upcoming tech events, and agile gatherings are a part of that list!

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Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, tech entrepreneurs, and nerds in and around the Tampa Bay area. We’ve got a lot of events going on this week, and here they are!

Monday, December 17

Tuesday, December 18

Wednesday, December 19

Thursday, December 20

Friday, December 21

Saturday, December 22

Sunday, December 23

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Symlinks, amirite?

by Joey deVilla on December 13, 2018

My trick is to remember it like this: ln -s $real $fake.

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Holiday gift ideas for the aspiring Android developer

by Joey deVilla on December 12, 2018

Android Apprentice and Kotlin Apprentice: Learn from a couple of great books

I learned iOS programming from iOS Apprentice, which is one of the more fun programming books I’ve had the pleasure of reading. It’s put out by the developer tutorial site RayWenderlich.com, who have since expanded their offerings to cover Android programming in addition to iOS programming. Android Apprentice is for developers who want to learn Android programming from scratch, while Kotlin Apprentice focuses on the Kotlin programming language, which is rapidly becoming the preferred language for Android development. Both are excellent resources, whether you’re new to Android programming, Kotlin, or even programming in general.

Moto X4: So much Android for so little money

For just a smidge over $200, you can get the perfect Android phone for the developer on a budget (or in my case, a perfect second phone that also runs Android): the Moto X4. It has solid engine under the hood (Snapdragon 630, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage), good display (LCD, 5.2 inches, 1920 by 1080 pixels, 424 ppi), better-than-you’d expect cameras (12 megapixel rear, 8 megapixel front), and a 3,000 mAh battery. These specs put it squarely in the middle of the pack of the current phones, for a price that’s only slightly higher than a much slower, much sadder bargain device. Its metal body feels more like one of a premium phone, and unless you’re running the more intensive games, you probably won’t notice the X4’s performance difference from higher-end models. It’s makes a great phone for the Android developer who wants to target a wide range of devices. That’s a lot of bang for the buck, and that’s why it’s my Android development phone.

Don’t take just my word on the X4; here are a number of glowing reviews from other sources:

Logitech K380 keyboard: Feels good, man

A $30 keyboard shouldn’t feel this good, and it most certainly shouldn’t be be able to switch among three devices with a single keystroke. But that’s exactly what Logitech’s K380 keyboard does, which is why it’s the keyboard I use at my home office (where I work on RayWenderlich.com and personal projects). I prefer it to Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard. Come to think of it, I should get one for use during my day job at Sourcetoad.

Want more than just my opinion? Check out these videos:

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Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, tech entrepreneurs, and nerds in and around the Tampa Bay area. We’ve got a lot of events going on this week, and here they are!

Monday, December 10

Tuesday, December 11

Wednesday, December 12

Thursday, December 13

Friday, December 14

Saturday, December 15

Sunday, December 16

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