Coding Blocks

Coding Blocks

The world of computer programming is vast in scope. There are literally thousands of topics to cover and no one person could ever reach them all. One of the goals of the Coding Blocks podcast is to introduce a number of these topics to the audience so they can learn during their commute or while cutting the grass. We will cover topics such as best programming practices, design patterns, coding for performance, object oriented coding, database design and implementation, tips, tricks and a whole lot of other things. You'll be exposed to broad areas of information as well as deep dives into the guts of a programming language. While Microsoft.NET is the development platform we're using, most topics discussed are relevant in any number of Object Oriented programming languages. We are all web and database programmers and will be providing useful information on a full spectrum of technologies and are open to any suggestions anyone might have for a topic. So please join us, subscribe, and invite your computer programming friends to come along for the ride.... Show More

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November 23, 2020

We learn all the necessary details to get into the world of developer game jams, while Michael triggers all parents, Allen’s moment of silence is oddly loud, and Joe hones his inner Steve Jobs.

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  • Woo-hoo! We cracked the top 15 in the Apple Podcasts Technology category somehow!
  • Is Game Dev your Jam? What are Game Jams?
  • A timed challenged to create and publish games.
  • Similar to a musical jam, people bring in their own perspectives and skills, and making new stuff for the world
  • Did you know there is an International Game Jam conference?
  • When’s the next game jam?
  • Popular Game Jams
  • Ludum Dare (
  • An online event where games are made from scratch in a weekend. Check it out every April and October!
  • Global Game Jam (
  • Empowers individuals worldwide to learn, experiment, and create together through the medium of games.
  • January 2020, they had 934 locations in 118 countries create 9,601 games in one weekend!
  • GGJ 2021 is scheduled for January 29-31, 2021.
  • 7DRL (
  • The 7DRL Challenges are NOT about being a fast coder, but rather proving you can release a finished, playable roguelike to the world.
  • (
  • is a simple way to find and share indie games online for free.
  • GMTK is 48hours, with 18k entrants.
  • Anyone can instantly create and host a jam.
  • 109,365 games have been created for jams hosted on
  • Why Should You do a Game Jam?
  • Meet new people, see how they solved similar problems.
  • Learn something new.
  • Maybe you’ll love it?
  • Great for your GitHub, blog, Twitch, etc. content.
  • Maybe make millions of $$$.
  • Step 1. enter game jam,
  • Step 2. … something about making a game …, and
  • Step 3. profit!
  • How can you Game Jam?
  • Check Indie Game Jams for a jam that interests you.
  • No need to take time off, just do what you can.
  • You can even make your own jams.
  • Popular Tools
  • Unity
  • Unreal
  • Godot
  • Game Maker
  • RPG Maker
  • App Game Kit
  • Resources We Like
  • Indie Game Jams (
  • International Conference on Game Jams (
  • Ludum Dare (
  • Ludum Dare 47 event stats (
  • Global Game Jam Online (
  • What is Global Game Jam? (YouTube)
  • The 7DRL Challenge (
  • 7DRL Challenge 2020 (
  • Game Jams on
  • GMTK Game Jam 2020 (
  • GMTK Game Jam 2020 submissions (
  • GMTK Game Jam 2020 Winners (
  • Stay Safe! Jam submissions (
  • 10 Awesome Game Jam Success Stories (
  • All Your Database Are Belong to Us (episode 13)
  • Tip of the Week
  • Some places to learn python (
  • JSONPath StatusBar (
  • An awesome curated list of chaos engineering resources (GitHub)
  • Ultra portable 13″ laptops that Michael has his eye one:
  • Mentioned on-air  DescriptionStarting PriceDell XPS 13 Developer Edition (Dell)$1,049.00Razer Blade Stealth 13 (Best Buy)online/clearance at $1,299.99 (seen for less in the store)Razer Book 13 (Razer)$1,199.99

    Honorable (and/or forgotten) mentions Starting PriceDescription $999.00Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3″ (Amazon)$999.99Apple MacBook Air 13.3″ with Apple M1 Chip (Amazon)
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