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SacInteractive -- Building 2D Games with Unity3D!

This Tuesday at SacInteractive...

Learn the basics of building a 2d game using Unity3D. Jason Faria from OrangeBerger Games will cover basic concepts such as game objects, scenes, collision detection, prefabs, scripting, iAd integration, and more that he used to create the iOS game Road Chicken.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm at Hacker Lab. See you there!

-Nolan / Jon / SacInteractive

Tuesday September 9
6:30pm
at Hacker Lab
1715 I Street
Sacramento, CA

Tonight at SacInteractive - Font Awesome 101

Tonight at SacInteractive, I'll be giving an "Intro to Font Awesome" presentation that looks about like so: Tired of having to make "delete", "edit", "new", "save", "confirm", and "purchase" icons for your clients? In 3 different sizes (desktop, tablet, mobile)? And new versions for each color scheme you use? Enter Font Awesome! Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons, that are totally customizable, all by just including a CSS file in your project. It's totally free, compatible with current devices and browsers, easy to use and customize to your liking.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm at HackerLab (1715 I Street Sacramento). It's FREE and open to everyone. Come join us!

-nolan

Changes to SacInteractive

Hi everyone,

I'd like to tell everyone about some changes coming to SacInteractive (formerly SacCFUG)...

After running SacCFUG for a zillion years (and helping me turn it into SacInteractive), Seth has decided to step down from the co-manager role. I cannot express how much I am grateful for all the years Seth ran the group by himself, and then brought me in to be co-manager. I learned a metric ton from him over those years and am quite thankful for everything he did.

My friend Jon Nutting will be coming in to be the new co-manager, along with me. Jon and I have done several projects together in the past; he has a tremendous design / development background and I'm really looking forward to working with him on the SacInteractive as well. He's already very excited, and we've begun discussing ideas for new topics, new logo design and other improvements to the group.

We're canceling the July meeting so Jon and I can focus on some behind the scenes things, but we should be back on track in August.

Any questions, just ask. I'm looking forward to all the things we have in store for SacInteractive!

Best,
Nolan and Jon

SacInteractive: Open Design: Free Open-Source Tools for the Designer

This Tuesday night at SacInteractive, Jon Nutting will be presenting on "Open Design: Free Open-Source Tools for the Designer"

The description is like so:
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Jon Nutting (Ai Instructor & self-proclaimed new-media extraordinaire), will walk you through the process of his self-imposed challenge to use open-source software for the creation of a professional 3D logo. Start leveraging the power of Inkscape, GIMP, Blender 3D, and Google Fonts...all for Free!
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We meet at HackerLab, the meeting starts at 6:30, it's FREE and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

-nolan

CF Objective Recap and Highlights

It's Saturday afternoon, I'm at the airport, that must mean CF Objective is officially over. Overall I think the conference was a great success and was run more smoothly than last year (which was the first year at this location). Wifi was excellent throughout the entire conference (both the hotel wifi and the conference specific wifi). Hotel staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Food was as good as one could hope for from conference food.

The keynote presentation sparked some good conversation over lunch about how we can improve diversity in the web development community. It got beyond just "well the door is open if someone wants to walk in" and quickly moved to "we need to help people thru the door, go out and find people and be more proactive in helping to include anyone that wants to get into programming". I was initially a little disappointed in the keynote talk, as my interpretation of the title ("Redesigning the Interface: Making Software Development Make Sense to Everyone") was that she'd be discussing new techniques for UI/UX work, or something along those lines. However after the lunchtime discussion, I no longer had any quips.

Other highlights for me included...

1) Jason Dean's talk on JavaScript – I learned a metric ton about various nuances in the language. Jason always has great slide decks and regular doses of humour thrown into his presentations. This one was no exception.

2) Sharon DiOrio's talk on Angular JS – I've seen several demos on Angular. Sharon's was very straight forward and easy to follow. Based on the session description, I was worried this talk would require more Angular experience than I've had thus far, but she started at the beginning and kept my interest the entire time.

3) Kai Koenig's talk on "The JVM Is Your Friend" – I've seen variations of this talk a few times. I've always gotten lost. Kai's talk was the magic one that made a few topics finally "click" for me. I'm no longer scared of the JVM arguments I didn't previously understand. :)

Doing the speaker evals was a bit of a challenge this year because they all HAD to be done via a mobile app. Personally I prefer to type my evals on a real laptop keyboard (as I type much faster than way). I suspect this affected both the number of evals done, and the quality of feedback included in each eval. I spoke with the conference staff a little, and I understand this was a technical "limitation" with how things were set up. Hopefully next year we can do evals both via the mobile app and website.

I've blogged notes from all the sessions I attended. I ended up skipping a few presos to spend more time warming up before my I gave my presentations. Both of my talks seemed to go well, though I haven't seen the evals yet; perhaps I just jinxed myself. :)

Thanks everyone for attending both my sessions. If anyone runs a user group and would like me to give those talks, just drop me a line.

Thanks to the CF.Objective staff for putting together yet another excellent conference. Until next year...

-nolan



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