Tom Cools | Devoxx

Devoxx Belgium 2018
from Monday 12 November to Friday 16 November 2018.

Geek in all facets of the word, including but not limited to boardgames, comic books and programming. Developer without borders, both geographically and technically. Active as a consultant, usually for some of the biggest financial institutions in both Belgium and The Netherlands. Next to that I am trainer/teacher who loves to share not only knowledge but also passion for our craft.

See also https://www.tomcools.be/

Learning Through Tinkering: The Need for Pet Projects

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In the daily drag of requirements and deadlines we often forget to take the time for the fun stuff. Yet it's these "just for fun" projects that drive us towards greater knowledge and inspire us at our jobs. But... how do you find an interesting topic for a project?

I will share the paths I have taken to inspire myself in the quest for new pet projects. Join me as I show you my attempts at:

  • Unraveling the inner workings of a certain Pocket Monster mobile game;

  • Creating a mobile game using only vanilla Java (no extra libraries);

  • Creating an autonomous infra-red battle tank;

  • Driving a Lego Boost robot using Java;

I will show you the code I wrote, the hurdles I faced and, most importantly, the lessons I learned, and how those insights help me in my daily developer life.

If you want to do a pet project but have no idea where to start or what to do, this is the talk for you.

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