Fall 2011: Week 2

I’ve just returned from a day at the Vermont Code Camp, a great experience and I learned quite a bit. It was nice to be on the other side of the classroom for a change, learning about NoSQL, Cloud Computing, HTML5, and Web Performance. It was a full day of sessions, right here in Burlington, Vermont. And, not only did I learn about some cool stuff, chat with Champlain students (Basile, Blake, Arsenault,and Reed to name a few), I also came home with two tech books and a pair of tickets for a narrated scenic tour of Lake Champlain.

As for academic stuff, it’s the end of Week 2 at Champlain College, and I think the students will agree that it’s already been an intense couple of class meetings. On the Microsoft front,students in EGP 200 and EGP 405 have both grappled with setting up their AppHub accounts (previously Creator’s Club) through DreamSpark (previously done through MSDNAA). I want to say a special thanks to Edwin Guarin, who has been helping us navigate through the occasional hick-ups in the process.

With that in mind, here are a few helpful blog posts about navigating through the process and dealing with the various types of accounts:

But, despite any issues with AppHub, that didn’t stop us from moving forward in our classes. Specifically, special recognition should go out to Adam Reed for his research and implementation of color conversion and to Chris Brough for his rapid development of a “pong” game. I specifically won’t mention Anthony Blake’s side project …

All in all, I’m very happy with our progress and looking forward to seeing the results of the EGP 200 “depth projects”, the EGP 405 “networked game projects”, and the CSI 120/220 “mobile strategy project”…all due next week.
-John

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