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Vancouver Dev Week

14th Nov 2013

This week is Vancouver Dev Week - an event which has come about due to the popularity and quick sell out of CascadiaJS. Start ups were encouraged to host and attend events across Vancouver.

On Tuesday night I went to one event at Unbounce HQ while a few of the guys from the office went to the Startups Unite job fair in Gastown.

After a slice of pizza, a brief tour of the offices by James Brennan- an Unbouncer, and a chat with Matthieu Macret and it finished up with a programming challenge. Taken from Pragmatic Programmers Dave Thomas' website Word Chain, is a challenge to convert a word e.g. cat to another e.g. dog in the fewest moves possible.

There were some fine looking solutions on the (Table Tennis) table at the end of the hour, with solutions attempted in JavaScript, Python, PHP, Ruby, Scala and Java. Unfortunately my attempt didn't quite cut the mustard, but it was great to see so many others varying approaches to the challenge.

Big thanks to Unbounce for hosting the night. I've definitely caught onto the meetup bug now, next stop a talk at UBC ICICS building on all things Hadoop.