Our Development team at Solutions Outsourced had its inaugural CodeFreeze last week, from the 10th to the 12th of July, at the scenic Hunter Valley. What is CodeFreeze? I’m glad you asked.
What is CodeFreeze?
CodeFreeze is a chance for the Solutions Outsourced Developers to improve our ninja skills in all things web - such as coding, diagramming, problem solving - while enjoying the company of our colleagues.
In the web industry, it’s always challenging to hone your skills individually, while keeping one eye on the horizon for new programming languages and ways of thinking about problems. To help us do this and more, we went to CodeFreeze.
We had the opportunity to learn new and exciting technologies that some had only heard about in legends:
- PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor)
- Object-Oriented Programming
- SilverStripe (a Content Management System that rolls up all of these new technologies into one awesome system).
We’re all excited to use our newly acquired knowledge in the near future, and as always, looking out for ways to improve ourselves as individuals and as a team. Our time at CodeFreeze this year certainly helped us to look in the right direction.
CodeFreeze (now CodeFrozen until next year), gave us the insight, freedom and the skills to venture out and try something new. With the helping hands of a few, we were guided into thinking about best practices as Web Developers, with the overall aim of achieving the best solution possible for our clients.
Highlights of CodeFreeze 2014
To start off the weekend of web (on Thursday), our first challenge was to come up with solutions for a couple of web apps. We developed an idea for a Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock game application, and similarly our problem solving skills were tested when we did the same for Cards against Humanity.
The fun didn’t stop there, we all tried our luck in Kelly Pool until there were a select few left, at which point the unlucky competitors started jamming with a couple of bass guitars and some sneaky synth iPad apps called Animoog and Yellofier.
Our eagerness from this flowed into Friday when we were on the edge of our seats listening to ‘An Introduction to SilverStripe - with Rowen Atkinson’, after which we jumped on our computers (not literally) and started implementing websites with SilverStripe.
We took a break for lunch and a friendly game of croquet in the backyard. We're all still unsure how exactly the game is played - except Rowen, his skills are leet.
CodeFreeze 2014 officially wrapped up on Saturday afternoon - but not before our team developed ‘Foos on First’, a statistical analysis web app based on our very own Foosball table and its players.
We all enjoyed our time at CodeFreeze this year and can’t wait to go back again!