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Communicating Complex Concepts with Persian Food

Welcome to our first event!

Settings for the month of May 2014:

Date and Time: May 14, 2014, 7:00 PM

Default Topic:
How Can We Communicate Complex Programming Concepts to Beginner or Non-Programmers?
We might even have some beginner programmers with us to practice on!

Location: A nice Afghan/Persian restaurant:

Bamiyan
358 Third Avenue at 26th Street
New York, NY 10016
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http://www.bamiyan.com/


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  • James N.

    In terms of topics for discussion - how about how coding and development are tied to a keyboard/mouse/screen?

    It strikes me that this interface has been locked in for the last 50 years. If you think about it, development is very much a "craft", and how do we improve the tool.

    The example is the changes in construction with introduction of power tools, and then to pre-fab modules in a highly controlled environment?

    May 15, 2014

    • Mitchell S. L.

      Programming is an inherently command-based process, so it makes sense it would be locked to keyboards. Icon based systems exist, but they're not nearly as productive. I was able to do a lot more on my Mindstorms NXT using Robot C, than its built-in NXT-G. But, tool improvement could still be a good topic!

      May 15, 2014

  • James N.

    My apologies - I didn't get the message until later in the afternoon and was leading a workshop and couldn't step out to respond.

    May 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    And I was thinking education in US is like in Europe.
    It would be nice if people would be polite enough to at least change their RSVPs if they don't attend.

    May 15, 2014

  • Mitchell S. L.

    Thanks, everyone, for attending our first public function()!

    It went fairly well, I suppose! Only half of you folks who RSVP'ed actually showed up. I've been informed that this is about average for a Meet Up group, so I guess it could have been worse. At least everyone who came was nice!

    Although I used BitCoin (and other crypto-currencies) as a "litmus test" of complex concepts to explain, I had to mention a few times that I wasn't even much of an expert on the subject. Perhaps next time I will learn to pick on examples I have more expertise in, before I try to go off about them.

    I am now collecting ideas for next month's Meet Up (which I *might* schedule to coincide with BarCamp [more on that later]). One idea suggested, already, was "When is it okay to use a kludge?".
    I might also try "mental traits of a good programmer", "Is programming becoming as fundamental to learn as math and reading?", or "ranting about how coders are portrayed in movies" in future months, maybe.

    May 14, 2014

  • Jennifer D.

    Really interesting. Probably one if the best I've been to.

    May 14, 2014

  • Kiri B.

    Where is the waiting list?

    May 13, 2014

    • Mitchell S. L.

      If you RSVP to attend the event, you'll get on the waiting list automatically if the event is full.

      May 13, 2014

  • Mitchell S. L.

    I know it's on for most of us. But, you RSVP'ed 'Yes', and can't make it: Don't forget to cancel! That will give the folks in the waiting list a chance to attend!

    May 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Maybe you can charge $.99 to make sure that only those who are serious would be attending.

      May 13, 2014

    • Mitchell S. L.

      I might do that in the future. I figured to go easy on everyone for the first event. And I didn't anticipate getting so many folks at once.

      May 13, 2014

  • Aydın Ü.

    Sorry, I can't make it tomorrow.

    I was on the waiting list and a spot opened today but since I thought there will be no available spots I made a n another plan for tomorrow and I it's too late to change it.

    May 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yeah lets quickly code a scheduling pattern in asm/c/c++/java/c#/ruby...

    May 7, 2014

  • Mitchell S. L.

    Wow! That's quite a few more people joining us, than I anticipated. I suppose that's good news.

    May 7, 2014

  • Siraaj K.

    Alas, I will not be able to make it on Wednesdays :(

    May 7, 2014

    • Mitchell S. L.

      It won't always be on Wednesdays. Right now, the day if the week will vary every month. But, if we find there is a strong preference for some particular scheduling pattern, we'll start to conform to it.

      May 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea. I'm between beginning and advanced so I might be a good test subject.

    May 7, 2014

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