Being in the technology business can sometimes feel stale. So I've accumulated a list of 5 things to keep me excited about technology this week and I would like to share them with you. They are listed below in no particular order.
The humble indie bundle is a great website giving you access to some of the best indie games at a price you determine. If you've always wanted to be a game developer then support someone who is living the dream and vicariously share in their achievement. The Humble Indie Bundle includes one of my favorite games of all time: Hotline Miami. It is a game that is so good, I bought it twice!
Check it out at https://www.humblebundle.com/
Starting tomorrow in New York, you get to meet and hear some of the greatest minds of our generation describe their present work and their vision for the future. In addition to the great talks, you can get hands on sessions with 3D printers! If you are near New York you should consider going, and if you have kids then you should definitely go!
Check it out at http://worldsciencefestival.com/
AMQP is a protocol for queueing systems, and the fact that Windows Azure now supports this protocol will make it easier for developers to choose their technology stack of choice and still get the great stability that the cloud offers. The other exciting thing to take away from this announcement is how receptive Microsoft continues to be toward open standards and OSS in general. I really believe that OSS is the future of ALL development. If it isn't open it's crap (with few exceptions).
Check it out at http://www.unrealengine.com/html5/.
Whaaat! Hibernating Rhinos has some amazing products: RavenDB, NHibernate Profiler, Entity Framework Profiler, etc. Any of those products are a must have for anyone developing against a datastore and right now you can have them for 29% off. I'm already a happy RavenDB customer and user, but if you like your data storage more relational then you should definitely pick up the sql profilers. You might be surprised what you find.
Use the code 2nd anniversary on checkout, but act now cause this offer ends at the end of the month.
So there you have it! I'm excited about all the things I've listed above and I hope you find at least one of them exciting to you. Stay tuned for more of these posts and let me know in the comments if you have something you'd like to share. As always follow me on Twitter @AquaBirdConsult and keep coding.