The February 2011 Open Ada-DK Meeting

February 1st. 2011 from 1730 -> ? marks the day and time when the third open Ada-DK meeting is being held.

The “open” part means that the meeting is not a member only affair, but that anybody interested in Ada is welcome, so feel free to invite whomever you might believe could be interested in spending an evening talking about Ada.

If you’re interested in participating, feel free to send us an email, and we’ll inform you of the when and where. Or join the Freenode IRC #ada channel and look for ThomasLocke.

The meeting is of course free.

The Second Open Ada-DK Meeting Has Ended

And it was a blast!

We covered a lot of ground, ranging from how to build a syntax highlighter in Ada to musings about how to best manage a software project.

Søren told us a little about the Copenhagen hackerspace labitat, which sounded like an awfully interesting place. He was also polite enough to not laugh his *ss off when I told him about my tendency to create intricate spaghetti code. Oh, and Søren promised to bring some Arduino “loot” to the next meeting.

Jørgen and Ulrik took a trip down memory-lane, remembering some very interesting projects they’d done for ESA some years ago. Jørgen also tried to teach me a bit about lexical analyzers, and I’m glad to report that I actually understood some of it. The operative word here being “some”.

I showed my latest AWS work to Ulrik, and we talked a bit about our Android app project, which involves an Ada powered server part. All very interesting stuff.

We briefly talked about UML, and the general consensus was that some of it was nice enough, but most of it was pretty pointless. I mostly listened to Jørgen, Ulrik and Søren, because my experience with UML is next to non-existant.

Obviously we also talked about a lot of non-tech subjects, such as the shopping habits of our wifes and some of the current political subjects here in Denmark. The general consensus seemed to be that both our wifes and our politicians are somewhat crazy. 🙂

Food was once again supplied by the excellent Mr. Lee chinese restaurant. Burgers and fried noodles with chicken. Yes, life is good at the Ada-DK meetings.

I’d like to thank Jørgen, Søren and Ulrik for turning this otherwise plain Tuesday evening into something worth remembering.

The Next Open Ada-DK Meeting: January 11th. 2011

This is just a short reminder about the next open Ada-DK meeting. It is being held January 11th. 2011 from 1730 -> whenever we go home.

The “open” part means that the meeting is not a member only affair, but that anybody interested in Ada is welcome, so feel free to invite whomever you might believe could be interested in spending an evening talking about Ada.

If you’re interested in participating, feel free to send us an email, and we’ll inform you of the when and where. Or join the Freenode IRC #ada channel and look for ThomasLocke.

The first open Ada-DK meeting was a blast, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet other Ada programmers.

The meeting is of course free.

The January 2011 open Ada-DK meeting

January 11th. 2011 from 1730 -> ? marks the day and time when the second open Ada-DK meeting is being held.

The “open” part means that the meeting is not a member only affair, but that anybody interested in Ada is welcome, so feel free to invite whomever you might believe could be interested in spending an evening talking about Ada.

If you’re interested in participating, feel free to send us an email, and we’ll inform you of the when and where. Or join the Freenode IRC #ada channel and look for ThomasLocke.

The first open Ada-DK meeting was a blast, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet other Ada programmers.

The meeting is of course free.

The first open Ada-DK meeting was a success!

In four words: It was a blast.

The whole thing started, as planned, at 1730, and it ended at 2315, a great deal later than any of us had expected. Time sure do fly when you’re having fun!

We talked a lot about how we could help promote Ada, we talked about interesting projects Ada-DK could do, we played around with Arduino on Jacob’s Ubuntu powered MacBook, we talked about Per’s sonar project and Ulrik told us a bit about his experience in the embedded space. From Kim we learned that things are not looking to bright in the danish educational system, at least not in regards to Ada usage. We need to come up with some ideas to change this sad state of affairs.

On a personal note, I got a chance to have some experienced people comment on a tasking related problem I’d been messing around with. Basically it concerned creating an association between AWS threads and GNATcoll PostgreSQL tasks. I was very pleased to learn that my chosen solution (a protected hashed map) wasn’t completely torn apart. 🙂

The first open Ada-DK meeting was, IMHO, a complete and utter success. I had a great time, and it was very nice getting some face-to-face time with some other Ada afficionados.