We polled a bunch of Nashville developers (pretty much at random) and there was quite a bit of interest in launching a periodic get-together to share knowledge and improve our understanding of important software development topics: domain-driven design, test-driven development, software refactoring, and so on.
So, the Nashville Dynamic Languages Group (NashDL), OG Consulting, and our sponsor Colab Nashville have been working together to offer bi-weekly lunch meetings for developers to discuss current development topics.
Our first edition (covering Eric Evans' "Domain Driven Design") was a resounding success, as was round 2 (Bruce Tate's "7 Languages in 7 Weeks"), and we had mixed results diving into SICP and some research papers. I mean, don't get me wrong -- we learned some stuff and it was awesome. But, there's still a lot of SICP we could read, it's just kind of hard to keep at it. We put documentaries in our Netflix queue just like everybody else, and yeah, we don't watch that many of them on movie night. Regardless, now we're moving on to our fourth installment.
We'll meet every other-ish Friday from high noon until about 1pm. We're going to be meeting in the main indoor market area at the Nashville Farmer's Market -- there should be plenty of parking, and there are food vendors aplenty in the building.
The meetings are in a "book club" format where we'll be covering selected chapters and sections from Andy Hunt's Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware. Before each meeting participants will read chapters from the book and work through any exercises in the chapters. Then we'll get together to review what we've read and have fruitful and enlightening exchanges of views. Or something like that.
Those interested should find themselves a copy of the book and join us on Friday, December 9th, when we'll hash out the material from Chapters 5 and 6 of the book.
The meetings are a bring-your-own-lunch ("brown bag") event. There are a wide variety of restaurants inside the Farmer's Market building, so feel free to grab some food there and join us.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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