ACCU Conference 2015

Products, the Universe and Everything from Products, the Universe and Everything

We spent last week at the ACCU Conference in Bristol having our brains filled with gloopy tech goodness. It was (as ever) a real blast.
chandler_carruth presenting 'C++: Easier, Faster, Safer' at ACCU 2015
We had our demo rig with us as usual, and a steady stream of folks came along to chat to us and acquire caffeine from the expresso machine on the table next door. We came back absolutely exhausted, so no detailed photoblog this time I'm afraid! However, for me the highlight was Chandler Carruth's closing keynote C++: Easier, Faster, Safer, in which he talked about how Google were using Clang and LLVM to (among other things) perform large scale automated refactoring (cue lots of furious scribbling...) The synopsis of the keynote says it far better than I could:
Over the past five years, the prospect of developing large software projects in C++ has changed dramatically. We have had not one but two new language standards. An amazing array of new features are available today that make the language more elegant, expressive, and easy to use. But that isn't the only change in the last five years. LLVM and Clang have helped kick start a new ecosystem of tools that make developing C++ easier, faster, and safer than ever before.

This talk will cover practical ways you can use the tools we have built in the LLVM and Clang projects. It will show you what problems they solve and why those problems matter. It will also help teach you the most effective ways we have found to use all of these tools in conjunction with modern C++ coding patterns and practices. In short, it will show you how to make *your* C++ development experience easier, faster, and safer.
Next year's conference is provisionally scheduled for 19th-23rd April. See you there!

Groovy: Baby Steps

Tim Pizey from Tim Pizey

Posting a form in groovy, baby steps. Derived from

@Grab(group='org.codehaus.groovy.modules.http-builder', module='http-builder', version='0.7' )
@Grab(group='org.codehaus.groovyfx', module='groovyfx', version='0.3.1')

public class Post {

public static void main(String[] args) {

def baseUrl = ""

def ret = null
def http = new HTTPBuilder(baseUrl)

http.request(Method.POST, ContentType.TEXT) {
//uri.path = path
uri.query = [db:"paneris",
headers.'User-Agent' = 'Mozilla/5.0 Ubuntu/8.10 Firefox/3.0.4'

response.success = { resp, reader ->
println "response status: ${resp.statusLine}"
println 'Headers: -----------'
resp.headers.each { h ->
println " ${} : ${h.value}"

ret = reader.getText()

println '--------------------'
println ret
println '--------------------'

Speaking: ACCU 2015

Pete Goodliffe from Pete Goodliffe

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be delivering the opening keynote at the awesome ACCU 2015 developer conference in Bristol this April. The talk is called "Becoming a Better Programmer" (it's no coincidence that this is the same title as my new book and my magazine column).

I'm really looking forward to it. I think it'll be great fun and, hopefully, really useful.

The session synopsis is:
You've come this conference to improve your skills. You're here to learn: to learn new technologies, to learn new techniques, and to fuel your passion by meeting like-minded people. 
Becoming a better programmer means more than just learning new technologies. It means more than practising techniques and idioms. It's about more than passion and attitude. It's the combination of all these things. That's what this session will look at. 
Pete Goodliffe, author of the new book Becoming a Better Programmer, unpacks important mindsets and techniques that will help you improve as a programmer.
You'll discover specific tools that will help you review your current skillset, and you'll learn techniques to help you “become a better programmer”.

More info about my session is available here.

Videos: MPC Sneak Peeks

Pete Goodliffe from Pete Goodliffe

In my day job I am the software lead for Akai's MPC product line. This is a product I'm immensely proud of, and I'm very proud of the the work the software team puts into this iconic music controller.

Over the last few months we've been producing in-house videos for the new releases we've been baking here at Akai towers.

We recently released the latest in this series for the 1.8.2 update. Check it out on YouTube here:

MPCv1.8.2 sneak peek

If you fancy seeing the whole set, we have also produced videos for:

The more recent of these have been shot completely in-house; I purchased a Canon 70D and some lights, and rigged up a Heath Robinson autocue. It's all shot in our development offices. Usually unnecessarily late into the night.

We love creating these videos, and connecting directly with the passionate MPC users.