Title Tubular Bells
Cover Design by Trevor Key
- Part One (21:40)
- Part Two (18:51)
Produced by Mike Oldfield and Tom Newman
Instruments Mike Oldfield plays:
Electric Guitars, Glockenspiel, Sleigh bells, Mandolin, Nutcracker, Timpani, Gong, Acoustic Guitar, Spanish Guitar, Farfisa, Lowrey and Gemini Organs.
Oboes: June Whiting and Lindsey Cooper
Trumpet: Ted Hobart
Snare Drums: Chili Charles
Voices: Clodagh Simmonds and Sally Oldfield
Choir and Strings: Conduced by David Bedford
After a good night’s rest in the hotel after the first day of the Hackathon the second day begins with a full breakfast and pastries then starting to work on the modularisation exercise which is my team’s idea for the hack but with a good first day and a restful night in the spacious room at the hotel it’s time to start again and get ready for the presentations later in the day.
With more research, development and lookup up references the hackathon pace has quickened with presentations to prepare later and to have something to actually show off both teams have been working well and with a break for lunch before the last hour or so then the presentations to do it will be good to see what both teams have to say and show off in the afternoon.
With a break for lunch but mostly working through it both teams worked their hardest to make sure they had something to say or show during the presentations, it was also a chance to fire up PowerPoint and put a few slides together to give an overview of what the teams had worked on over the previous two days.
With the Hackathon over the teams did their presentations, the team I was on talked about Managed Extensibility Framework and the investigation into how can use this to componentise and modularise products, the main point being that a plug-in architecture is a good idea even if MEF itself doesn’t quite deliver what’s needed in a modern, up-to-date version of ASP.NET MVC used for many projects the concept could allow existing dependency injection to be extended to become a plugin system for feature addition, or even replacement in new products or additions to existing ones, it was valuable experience to see how a different approach to managing multiple customers could be achieved and could end up being used for parts of existing products or new ones for clients.
The other team talked about doing a mobile based Energy Wizard that could be used to take meter readings for Gas, Electricity or Water meters using OCR by taking a picture which could also identify the type of meter and other details automatically combined with Geotagging with GPS to validate the location of a given meter, even with the rollout of Smart Metering there are situations where this may be useful such as when there’s no communications from a Meter, overall it was a good chance to use Xamarin to create a cross platform experience on mobile and it’s possible something like this could end up delivering an experience for a client or customer of the company in future.
The two-day hackathon once over was definitely hailed a success by all involved, a great chance to get to know each other better and go back to the company’s respective offices with a different mind-set about many things and thankful for a great opportunity to do something different and hopefully the first of many future events such as this. Some of the things covered during the hack will make their way into something in future in either small or large ways, but whatever happens it was a great chance to try something outside of the usual and get people from both offices to work together, in that regard it definitely succeeded – here’s to the next Hackathon!
Day One started with the 09:10 train from Newcastle to York where six of C&C Group from Gateshead headed down to York and arrived at 10:15, after settling in and setting up got ready to start and met up with a couple of other developers from the Whyteleaf office joined us before forming two teams to work on developing apps that can have features or components and developing a mobile energy experience then getting ready for lunch to then start the day’s hacking.
With the teams formed we discussed what we will actually do over the next couple of days, with two themes and two teams where we’ll get a chance to work together to create something new that may help create ideas or functionality that might make it’s way into a product one day, but even if not it should be a great experience for all involved and seem to be off to a good start already. Have a basic plan and approach on what to do for the first day then on the second day it will be just a matter of proving the concept and demonstrating ideas.
My team’s job was to work on composition and how it could be possible to modularise or componentise the company’s products and see how that would work in as close to a real world example as possible, the full details will have to wait for the presentation but for now it’s to see how can approach a potential solution and to implement it.
Making sure you have good internet is important at any event and getting that sorted was a high priority but once this was done then made things a lot easier with both teams getting on with their ideas with some pair programming, research and development going on and everyone getting along well and working on their solutions and making sure they get something figured out or done.
Working on something different can post some challenges so doing a plenty of research and seeing how can look into creating the kinds of experience we want to do and to be able to create an application that can be composed of many parts, or for the other team they are working on creating a mobile experience with each member of their team taking on some part of the task, with the same going for my own team, but everyone getting involved and with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.