As is true with many of my friends, I’m excited about CodeMash. I had originally heard about it from my friend Russ, who had gone to past CodeMashes and came back excited about what he heard. Many months later, I met Jeff, who made sure to remind me that I missed the 2008 CodeMash and that I should be at 2009. He introduced me to a community, who has a whole have reminded me that I should be there as well. Thanks to everyone and their collective push, I will be at CodeMash this coming January.

So I’m eagerly looking forward to CodeMash 2009, not only as a participant but also as a speaker and precompiler event planner. After getting together for another meeting, I followed the guys to the Winking Lizard, and I managed to join the Code Jam team, bringing on my prior experience in MySQL and PHP. For the past few months, we’ve done weekly meetings, and I’m super excited about what we have to offer. I’ve been working with a talented group of guys, with a wide background of languages.

Speaking of languages, there will be plenty of languages to sample at CodeMash. I’ve always been fascinated with languages, and one of my favorite classes from college was my programming paradigms class. With my love of languages and as part of my countdown, over the rest of the days between now and then, I will give an intro to each language, which sessions may feature it, and links for more information. So look forward to hearing more about PHP, Python, Ruby, Scala, Groovy, Java, C#, VB.NET, IronRuby, SQL, Erlang, IronPython, and possibly other languages.

Towards the end of the series, I will focus on a few things that are going on or other things to note about the event.

Is it CodeMash yet? Hope to see you there!