Colearn and Pair Program at CarbonFive

Last week worked out well so this week we'll again head over to an existing community event to mix with other beginners and senior developers.  We can still pair up on projects as normal, just in a slightly different setting.  

This week the meetup is listed as part of Tinderbox, so please RSVP there as well so they get an accurate count:

The food tends to go quickly at this one so it helps to get there on time if you're hungry.

Quick note: the curriculum is being migrated to the website (so you won't have to go to Github to view it), so lots of links will be broken for a couple of days.

The Usual Stuff:

Come on by for some casual co-learning and project pairing with other aspiring developers.  You'll be able to pair up with others on the mini-projects listed in the Web Development 101 section of the curriculum (for HTML/CSS, Javascript, Ruby, and Rails), but you're welcome to work together on anything else that helps you learn!

If you'd like to schedule time outside of the meetup to work on one of the projects with someone, try our new soon-to-be-open-sourced scheduling tool:


General Things

This meetup follows the curriculum listed at  Each week, we'll be facilitating opportunities to pair with other students on the projects of the curriculum and to ask questions.  We will not be doing formal instruction.

You cannot learn web development in just a couple hours per week at a meetup -- you need to put in the time and effort outside this group to tackle the curriculum and find other students to pair with on the projects using the remote-pairing tools we've laid out.  Our goal is to give you the path forward (via the curriculum) and help you identify the other students with whom you'd like to take this journey (and facilitate scheduling those via the scheduler).  The rest is up to you!


Try to get started on the curriculum and work your way up to one of the pairing-friendly mini-projects (in the Web Development 101 section) if you'd like to pair with someone on a real project.  You don't need to, though -- we have people come who are at all points in the learning process.

1. If you're interested in giving Ruby or Rails a shot, go through the installation instructions listed in the curriculum first.

2. Make a contribution or fix a bug on the curriculum!  It doesn't have to be anything major at all but this will give you practice at making contributions to open source projects.  See the section called "Contributing" on the curriculum's main page.

3. Sign up for the forum/mailing list on Google Groups if you'd like.

4. Keep pairing up with each other whenever you can!  We've now replaced the pair scheduling document with a real tool at  If you have any feedback on that, let me know!


See you there!



Q: Do I need to bring my laptop?

A: Yes!  Please have everything installed (as per the Installation Instructions) as well.

Q: Do I have to have been to the previous meetups?

A: No, we usually have people from a variety of backgrounds working on a variety of projects.  They tend to cluster around where we are "officially" at in the curriculum but it's not a big deal if you aren't there.

Q: What if I haven't even started yet?

A: Everyone starts somewhere, so come on by and you'll probably find someone in the same boat.

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  • Jeff L.

    Honestly, I spent all my time having interesting conversations rather than coding. It was awesome.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Jorge C.

    Hi everyone, I had joined a few days ago and was looking to go to my first meetup with this group. Unfortunately I have some extra work to take care of. I will definitely try to attend the next one!

    September 4, 2013

  • Eric F.

    Just joined and have plans tonight.

    September 4, 2013

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