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JavaOne, Kano and Minecraft

It is a busy day today. Tomorrow my wife and I fly out to San Francisco for the JavaOne Conference. I was fortunate to be invited to participate in a session and I arranged for the two schools I teach at to pay for the trip. The bags are just about packed and I have the boarding pass. We are just waiting for our house sitters to arrive. I do have one last class to teach this evening.

Earlier today I received a package from China. It was my Kano Raspberry Pi  kit that I supported in its Kickstarter project.

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Then I re-tweeted a message from Oracle Press and won an e book about Minecraft programming from Oracle Press.

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I bought a lottery ticket, just in case.

Come back tomorrow for my first day in San Francisco.

 

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In 1980 I bought for myself the most wonderful toy of the day, the Apple ][+. Obsession followed quickly and by 1983 I was writing software for small and medium sized businesses in Montreal for both the Apple and the IBM PC under the company name Omnibus Systems. In the evenings I taught continuing education courses that demystified the computer to the first generation of workers who found themselves with their typewriter on the scrap heap and a PC with WordStar taking its place.

In 1990 I was invited to join the faculty at Dawson College in the Computer Science Technology program. When I joined the program the primary language was COBOL and my responsibility was to teach small systems languages such as BASIC and C/C++.

Today I am now the chairperson and program coordinator of the Computer Science Technology program at Dawson. The program's primary language is Java and the focus is on enterprise programming.

I like to write about the every day problems my students and I face in using various languages and platforms to get the job done. And from time to time I stray from the path and write about what I plan to do, what I actually get around to doing, and what I imagine I am doing.

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