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Hack Night at Highgroove

Charles Brian Quinn

Highgroove hosted our monthly Hack Night, and with 20 attendees, this was our largest yet.

To program a computer in a clever, virtuosic, and wizardly manner. Ordinary computer jockeys merely write programs; hacking is the domain of digital poets. Hacking is a subtle and arguably mystical art, equal parts wit and technical ability, that is rarely appreciated by non-hackers. See hacker. – Urban Dictionary: hack

Hack Nights are a chance for Highgroovers to simply “hack” which means: to experiment, learn, and play with technologies we might not get to during our day-to-day. So, what did we hack on?

  • the io language using Day 1 of the io chapter in the Seven Languages in Seven Weeks book
  • game programming (the wolfbrain) on the Sifteo Game Cubes in C#
  • a remote music playing server with voting and control from our chat room for the office
  • adding functionality to some of our favorite ruby gems and libraries including brakeman, and a yet-unreleased crazy-math backend algorithm solver
  • an iOS app for awarding Highgroovers the coveted Highgroove Award
  • a search-across-the-company app using some new search technologies powered by Ruby
  • and much, much more….

Thanks to all who came out. Stay tuned for our next Hack Night in February by liking us on Facebook and Twitter.

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