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#DevTO 22 - 30 years of Software Engineering & Building Browser Extensions

  • Mar 25, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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We Know (But Ignore) More Than We Think

Greg Wilson - Creator of Software Carpentry

Over the past thirty years, software engineering researchers have learned a lot about how software actually gets built, and about which tools and practices make developers more productive.  However, most working programmers don't know these studies exist, and don't base their own work on the best available evidence. This talk will describe a more of the most interesting results, and explore why the gulf between research and practice persists.

Greg Wilson is the creator of Software Carpentry, a crash course in computing skills for scientists and engineers.  He has worked for 25 years in high-performance computing, data visualization, computer security, and academia, has been on the editorial board of "Doctor Dobb's Journal" and "Computing in Science and Engineering", and is the author or editor of several books on computing (including the 2008 Jolt Award winner "Beautiful Code") and two for children. Greg received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh in 1993.

Browser extensions! Chrome, Firefox and what the *bleep* am I doing?

Mathieu Gosbee - Co-founder of Groupnotes
Mathieu came to out to his first #DevTO in November last year looking for votes for Groupnotes in the Global Starup Battle. At #DevTO 22 he is going to tell us what he has learned about building browser extensions.

Mathieu is a Prince Edward Island born Canadian, a recent Startup Weekend Toronto winner for the team Groupnotes. He was awesome at Counter-Strike as a kid- not so much anymore. Now he spends his days coding in pure JavaScript (no, not that silly CoffeeScript stuff). Node.JS is awesome. 'Nuff said!


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  • Chow Productions I.

    The 2nd video featuring Mathieu Gosbee is now up here: ! Check it out if you couldn't come to the event! Photos will be up soon! Follow @chowproductions on twitter to keep posted about videos and photos from any DevTO event.

    March 30, 2013

  • Murray M.

    I am glad you posted the video...Greg's presentation was excellent...

    March 29, 2013

  • Chow Productions I.

    Didn't make it that evening to DevTO? Watch the first talk by Greg Wilson here: 2nd video coming up soon!

    Follow @chowproductions on twitter to keep posted about videos and photos from any DevTO event.

    1 · March 28, 2013

  • Murray M.

    Re: Ahmad's comment...I also attend HackerNest events and might suggest the two groups try to spread the events apart as both are great meetups...

    1 · March 27, 2013

    • Eric R.

      Can't speak for Murray, but I thought he meant -- and I was suggesting -- that one of the events changes to a different day. Both events are unique -- DevTO has an educational component, while Hackernest is purely social -- and it sure would be nice to be able to attend both.

      March 27, 2013

    • Lapasa D.

      @Nael: I stand corrected. They have not been doing it for years. It looks like they started up January 2011.

      March 27, 2013

  • Murray M.

    Re Eric's comment...I agree with the social versus educational aspect of the two events...I like them both and would be happy to arrange space for future events...

    March 27, 2013

  • Christian M.

    Greg's insights and presentation style were great! It would have been nice if he would have talked longer and presented even more insights and recommendations to SW Eng.

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • Kent

    Amazing. Greg stole the show.

    March 25, 2013

  • Matt H.

    Loved the talk by Greg Wilson! Met loads of great people.

    March 25, 2013

  • Ahmad N.

    two conflicting meetups today (HackerNest) so geography wins, HackerNest is closer to me :)

    March 25, 2013

  • Amy W.

    Sorry I can't make it anymore. Work trumps. Have fun all!

    March 25, 2013

  • Matthew F.

    Unfortunately, I'm also going to have to bail because of work. It's going to be a crazy week for me because of the holiday Friday means losing a day to get stuff done.

    March 25, 2013

  • Ovidiu Kiss P.

    unfortunately already made other plans

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I came down with a nasty cold over the weekend and don't want to spread anything. I hope someone on the waiting list can make it.

    March 25, 2013

  • Craig M.

    Last minute meeting came up. Am sorry I will miss this one.

    March 25, 2013

  • Kevin T.

    My ride down ended up sick so I can't make it for this one. I hope someone can take my place (and my +1) on this short notice. Sorry everyone. Have a good one!

    March 25, 2013

  • Alex

    Sorry, won't be able to make it afterall

    March 25, 2013

  • Phil O.

    Got sick. Was really looking forward to it.

    March 25, 2013

  • Adam P.

    I'm really bummed that I can't go. (House buying for the lose...)

    March 24, 2013

  • Craig W.

    Squash playoffs, sorry.

    March 24, 2013

  • Nael El S.

    Just a reminder to update your RSVPs so those on the waitlist can get in! See you soon!

    March 24, 2013

  • Caroline C.

    Sorry, am going to have to bail out of Monday's event. Work wins this month.

    March 24, 2013

    • Rohan J.

      Too bad -- oh well, work does have to win sometime. Until the robots do it all for us.

      March 24, 2013

    • Nael El S.

      Thanks for the headsup Caroline! See you next time

      March 24, 2013

  • Adam S

    Admission---think fast!

    March 24, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    There in spirit.

    March 24, 2013

  • dmitrizzle

    Last DevTO for me for the next year or so (travel)!

    March 24, 2013

  • David H.

    Had to change RSVP, have a great meeting tomorrow!

    March 24, 2013

  • Caroline C.


    March 24, 2013

  • Husayn

    Hope to get a spot soon.

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No way I can make this, sorry. Wife's birthday.

    March 17, 2013

  • Matt H.

    Coming from Top Hat Monocle!

    March 15, 2013

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