Silicon Prairie News

6690_9a376e34c1_small April 10, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Seattle (Guest post by Foster Casterline) At 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, 14 KU information systems students crammed into our cars and departed for Kansas City International Airport. Ahead of us was a two-day networking adventure to one of the most vibrant technology communities in the world: Seattle. We each had expectations going in, but prepared for two things: lots of rain and an incredible experience ... read more

6675_63291ef52e_small April 7, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Six weeks, officially half way. It feels like we have been here three months already, but at the same time, like we just started. Long days are starting to catch up with me. I can hardly keep track of the days of the week anymore. My language has changed from English to a weird set of acronyms and terminology I had not heard until recently. I literally code all day, over meals. I even dream about code. But this is what I signed up for, and I'm having a blast… read more

6646_430ef5b407_small March 28, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Dusty Davidson) I try not to get caught up in internet flame wars, regardless of which side of the topic I happen to land on. However, I do find the whole “Why are there no female speakers at Nebraska Code Camp” to be an interesting lesson in a bunch of things. The short version is this: Nebraska Code Camp, a volunteer-run conference focusing on all things software development in Nebraska, made a call for speakers and then published the lineup: 48 men and 0 women. Subsequently a bit of a storm erupted on social media ... read more

6619_ccbd996639_small March 24, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Four weeks. It's crazy to think we are already a third of the way through Omaha Code School. We've come a long way since my last update. Let me get you up to speed with what we are doing. Up until this point, our programs didn't have any persistence. That means when we shut down the program, any information we had entered was destroyed and we had to re-enter it the next time we started up again... read more

6563_b2a27ff034_small March 11, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (Guest post by Frank Merchlewitz) Long time no blog! Coding is a lot like exercise, in that I’ve done neither for about two weeks. And I suppose it’s difficult to gain progress in both coding and fitness without consistent effort—even just 15 minutes a day. So that’s what I’ve been doing during the week, slowly but surely (with programming, not exercising). I’m done with my HTML/CSS refresher and set to delve deeper into Python… read more

6562_c3a4d6c295_small March 10, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Andy von Dohren) We've come a long way in the first two weeks. We started out small, only coding in Ruby on the command line. Our first assignment was to write a small program to keep track of pets for a humane society... read more

6546_53dff63b0f_small March 4, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Washington, D.C. (Guest post by Tej Dhawan) I just wrapped up a very full day meeting in Washington with several senators and their staff on the issues surrounding patent reform. This day was coordinated by the Application Developers Alliance, an advocacy group I connected with in December around the time of the House vote on the Innovation Act (House Bill 3309). Before I go further, political correctness stalwarts as well as trolls themselves are calling for the name trolls be dropped and Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) be used instead ... read more

6520_b8c24b3d59_small February 25, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Washington, D.C. (Guest post by Ryan Weber) A few weeks ago, it was my privilege to represent Kansas City’s tech industry at the TechVoice DC Fly-In. TechVoice is a policy advocacy organization powered by CompTIA and TECNA (Tech Councils of North America). KCnext is a member of TECNA, and I serve on the executive committee. Our membership has been a great resource for KCnext while we continue to grow the organization ... read more

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