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Monkey Space 2012 Is Over

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to attend the MonkeySpace conference.

For all of you that missed it, I highly recommend planning on attending it next year.  If you did miss it, this year is not completely lost as the awesome folks over at Monkey Square are planning on making the videos of the sessions available at some future date.

I had a great time meeting some awesome people and attending some great sessions.  There are several really exciting technologies out there that are worth following discussed at the conference.

Here is a bit of a recap of some of the sessions that I attended.

First, The top secret keynote that Miguel De Icaza delivered.  The major topic was the release of Mono 3.0 and the future of the ecosystem.  Some of the really cool features of Mono 3.0 is full c# 5.0, System.Net.Http, TPL DataFlow, Code Contracts, entity framework, razor, asp.net mvc 4, F# 3.0, and 64bit support on OS X.  The 3.0 release is very exciting not to mention lots of ‘lameness’ will be going away with the new async stuff.  There are also improvements to sgen the new garbage collection system in Mono that should help improve performance.  Mono is seeing a lot of success in the gaming side of the market as well.  Some other areas that will receive focus are code analysis, bug finding, and profiling tools.  In the next year Xamarin expects to deliver new MonoTouch and Mono for Android versions based on 3.0.  Very exciting stuff!!!

Second, ServiceStack.  This was a very full session and I was lucky to find a spot to stand in at the back of the room.  Sadly this meant that I missed parts of this presentation, but definitely plan to look more seriously into it once I get the chance as a replacement for wcf.  Hopefully the video comes out sooner than later for this one!

Third, GitHub.  Phil Haack did a great job presenting on GitHub and the awesomeness that it is.  I had seen some of it before, but really like seeing the command line style interface that is built into the web interface in action.  He also did a demo of the API that is available and there were some really cool things in there.  I’m very interested in the possibility to integrate pull requests into some Continuous Integration system.  It would be cool to know right away if the pull request would break the build or not.

Fourth, Vernacular.  Aaron Bockover, now a Xamarin employee, was great enough to post his slides here.  If you are working on a project that is targeting multiple platforms and need it to support multiple locales then this is definitely a project you need to check out.  Very promising!

Fifth, Mobile Development with C#(book).  Greg Shackles is definitely someone to follow and watch in this market segment.  He has been doing some great work including writing a book about it.  If you are considering writing a mobile app that is targeting multiple platforms I definitely recommend picking up this book.

Sixth, Effective MonoDevelop.  Michael Hutchinson is an awesome developer that has contributed a great deal to the MonoDevelop project.  His blog has some great tips that makes using MonoDevelop even better.  It is definitely worth the read.

 

Apart from all of the sessions there was plenty of time to hang out with some rockstars in the Mono community.  It is always great to chat with them in person and get feedback on questions and problems.  I am definitely looking forward to next year’s conference!  Keep up the great work!

 

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Heading to MonkeySpace

MONKEYSPACE 2012

MonkeySpace, formerly known as Monospace, is the official cross platform and open-source .NET conference. Want to learn more about developing for the iPhone, Android, Mac, and *nix platforms using .NET technologies? How about developing games or learning more about open-source projects using .NET technologies? MonkeySpace has provided an annual venue to collaborate, share, and socialize around these topics and more.

 

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I’m really exciting to see all the new stuff that is going on in the mono world. Looks like they have some awesome presentations and presenters lined up for this conference. If you have some time and going to be in the area you’d be foolish to not attend.

Of course, big thanks to the awesome sponsors and not to be forgotten the organizers!

Also, pay attention to Open Space on the last day from 13:45 – 17:15. Come and help contribute to open source projects! I’ll be there working on f-spot.

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YaSTroid

What is YaSTroid you ask? Its our hackweek project.  Several of the SLED team developers and fellow friends got together including Jared Allen, Scott Reeves, Sandy Armstrong, Mario Carrion, Alan Clark, FunkyPenguin, and myself.  Recently several of us have had an interest in the android platform. So, we decided to take this hackweek and write an android based application that we thought would benefit many of you.

The application we wrote is an android frontend to WebYaST.   The way the application works is that it takes advantage of the RESTful API that is provided by the WebYaST service.

As of right now our application is still fairly simple with some really cool ideas.  Also, as the WebYaST REST interface adds new features we’ll be able to add them to our app as well.

Screenshots you say?  I’m sorry to disappoint, however we do have this awesome video that demos our app instead.  Brought to you by Scott Reeves and Stephen Shaw with a special thanks to our camera man Chris Coray and Novell for hosting the video.

So, here is a flash video and mp4 video.

EDIT: Sorry, here are the links to the source code and an apk if you’d like to test it and give us feedback.