Archive for August, 2011

Episode 42 – Steve Jobs Resigns, Linux turns 20, HP TouchPad

August 29th, 2011

In this Episode Craig has former cast member Alex Demko on to speak about Linux turning 20 years old and the sad news that Steve Jobs is too sick to continue in his role as visionary CEO at Apple and resigns. Joe Brockmeier over at ReadWriteWeb asks, which is more influential? What Jobs has done with Apple or what Linus has done with Linux?

As well, what is up with Hewlett-Packard these days? They are selling off their consumer PC business and liquidating their entry into the tablet space, the HP TouchPad, all without a buyer lined up! Already there is a bounty setup for anyone that can get the Android OS up and running on the $99 TouchPads. It's a mad, mad world.

To Steve Jobs: All the best. Truly. You have the best medical care money can buy, however it's your drive and determination which has gotten you this far, and it will push you through to whichever end is yours.

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Episode 41 – Interview with Igor Minar of AngularJS

August 23rd, 2011
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This is our first podcast to introduce video! There were some bumps and I learned a lot (all explained in the first 3 minutes of the video) but all-in-all it didn't turn out that bad.

If you haven't heard of Angular, and chances are you haven't, it's an MVC Javascript framework that has some real legs. It promotes the concept of rich client-side programming with a "dumb" back-end. So picture a scenario where you have an Elastic Search server running on your back-end and Angular running in the browser. All the pulling and pushing of JSON, the event handling, etc.. would be handled by Angular. It looks pretty impressive.

The framework is hosted on github, and its development is sponsored in part by Google.

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Episode 40 – Our thoughts on Mac OSX Lion

August 6th, 2011
On today's episode we share our thoughts on the new Mac OSX Lion. Arstechnica did a brilliant 19 page review the minute Lion was released, and being the fan boys we are a majority of the Basement Coders had it installed as soon as the App Store could download it.

Personally, I'm not an early adopter of OSs, I wait until other people install it and figure out all the workarounds to problems which inevitably crop up. I really like my setup currently, and I just can't fathom taking the time to update at the moment. Especially since OSX Lion is such a major update, it's not like Snow Leopard which only brought bug fixes. Instead, Lion brings all new features and paradigms, such as being able to install your OS without even visiting a physical store to purchase it. That's right, all you have to do is grab it from the Mac App Store and let 'er rip. With all the features in packs, OSX Lion definitely looks to be worth the $29 price tag.

We are also pleased to announce we have a full JavaOne conference pass to give away to a lucky listener! Find out how to enter!

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Win a free pass to JavaOne 2011!

August 6th, 2011
The Basement Coders (all of em!) will be at JavaOne this October in beautiful San Francisco. As well Justin, Jeff and Craig will be presenting! And folks as a reward for listening, following and supporting Independent Media we want you give you a chance at a full conference pass for JavaOne in San Francisco, October 2nd-6th. This is literally a $2,000 USD value! Worth every penny I might add.

All you have to do to enter is follow these steps. Good luck, and hope to see you there!

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Introduction to Functional Programming

August 2nd, 2011

Recently I started a local user group called the WfPG - Winnipeg Functional Programming Group. The mandate is simple: Learn Functional Programming paradigms and languages, in a friendly and helpful setting.

So much of the time when learning Functional Programming, one is faced with a feeling of inadequacy (at least that's how I feel). The online community can be divisive and just downright demeaning to its members at times. Hence, I thought, why not bring together people willing to learn and share out from behind the veil of anonymity and sit them in a room together.

The video from our first meeting has been posted, feel free to skip ahead to around the 6min mark for the main topic. If you are in the Winnipeg area and are interested in becoming a member, please become a member of our Meetup.


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