Good Old Wholesome Fun!

The April 5th. open Ada-DK meeting was, as usual I’m tempted to say, a fun experience.

We had Jacob Sparre, Kim Rostgaard Christensen, Ulrik Hørlyk Hjort and me talking Ada and software in general an entire evening. And we did get around a lot of subjects:

  • Private protected types
  • Persistent objects
  • Memory mapped files
  • Lego Mindstorms (Kim had brought a big box!)
  • zlib done in Ada as a possible Ada-DK community project
  • How to set up a teaching environment, focused on Ada, for young programmers
  • Random thoughts about interesting Ada projects that could help boost her popularity

As I said: Good wholesome fun. If I had the time, I’d do these meetings once every week!

A few days before the meeting, I’d mentioned a problem I had with a private protected type to Jacob, and he advised me to wrap it in a record, and sure enough that solution worked a charm. But after having given the whole problem some more thought, Jacob became convinced that I’d probably stumbled on a bug in GNAT. We should’ve setup some test-code at this meeting, but it never happened. So that specific task is still open. I’m thinking we should start with that at the next meeting.

Yesterday I finally got my new smartphone, so after having had a $50 crap Nokia phone for years and years, I’m finally part of the hip crowd – at least in the phone department. It’s a Nexus S, and so far it appears to be a pretty decent piece of equipment. What I’m getting at with this tale of my smartphone investment, is that I might shoot some pictures/videos at the next meeting, you know, to spread the joy. There’s nothing like pictures/videos of geeks talking tech. It is some of the most popular content on the internet. Isn’t it?

If you have problems with your phone not funtioning properly you can have your Iphone repaired in Mount Pleasant.

All in all this open Ada-DK meeting was just as great an experience as all the other meetings. I’ve really come to appreciate my fellow Ada-DK members – they truly are a great bunch of guys.

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