James Slocum


A random collection of thoughts on a variety of topics

“Where have you been?”


It is hard to believe how quickly times flies! It has been over a year since I posted any updates to my blog, but I have been so busy it feels like yesterday that I was talking about Dart UDP support.

Well, first and foremost, I have competed my first video course with PACKT Publishing, It’s called Introducing Dart, and is a rapid paced tour of the Dart client side programming language features. It was written and designed to be used by people who may be familiar with other languages, but want to get up to speed on Dart ASAP. If you are interested in checking it out, it can be found here at the PACKT website.

I think these videos are a great learning tool because of the rapid no-nonsense nature of instruction. I don’t waste time with trivial details, and every little piece of syntax. We simply work together on creating a browser based game, and get things working step by step. Honestly, anyone can learn the syntax quickly enough by looking at the tutorial on the Dart homepage. But learning how to express your ideas with the language is a different challenge that I hope I can help you overcome.

Okay, so enough self promotion of now, in other news I have also been getting deeply involved in Jiu-Jitsu and submission wrestling. Besides the fact it is great exercise, it is just a super fun activity to do, and a great set of skills to learn. I like to think of it as the thinking mans fighting. It’s like playing chess, but the chess pieces are your limbs and neck.

Going forward I hope to keep up with this better, and make some more tutorials and such. I seem to be getting good at this whole Dart thing, so maybe I will continue with that.

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