AngularJS Meetup and San Jose/Mountain View

A few weeks ago, my company sent me to San José to attend a mini conference, actually a Meetup, by the AngularJS Meetup group in Mountain View, hosted by Google.  I went to learn about Restangular primarily, though there was another awesome talk there as well.  It was great! Restangular is awesome and I can’t wait to use it (unfortunately, the work I’m doing right this moment isn’t JS so I’ve had to wait a bit.  But it is for this project, I just have to do more server-side work and bug fixes right this moment.

I took advantage of the time to also visit a couple of things in San José and Mountain View.  It was great!

We went to the Winchester mystery House.  This is the home of the Sarah Winchester, wife of William Winchester and 50% owner of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.  The house has some 160 rooms, some doors that lead to strange places (including outside on the third(?) floor with no balcony – imagine what would happen if you stepped out that door, doors that open into walls), tiny passage ways and interesting layouts.  It was very interesting!

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Before heading home the next day, we went to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.  We pretty much opened (not quite, but close) and closed the place (they kicked us out), I could have spent more time there as I only got through about half of it!  They said it would take about 2 hours, but there was so much in there!  I’m sure you could do it in 2 hours if you just walk through, but…  It was awesome seeing some of the early machines I did development on especially when I was working at IBM on the VM and OS/400 operating systems.  I HIGHLY recommend this museum, even if you aren’t a computer geek like me.

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 I really wanted to find a copy of this poster showing the evolution of computer languages, but they had some event going on that night, so the gift shop closed even before they finished kicking everyone out of the museum.

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