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First Book && Logistics

Arafat M
user 12582030
Group Organizer
Nashville, TN
Any nominations for a first book?
Mine is http://www.infoq.com/...­ since we did the full DDD book in a previous incarnation of the book club. The impetus behind reviving this group was a drunken discussion with someone who hadn't read the DDD book.
I'm not adamant on this being the first book though. I know RickB would like to us to read http://en.wikipedia.o...­ :)
Logistics: Part of the problem we had in the previous book club was finding a space and time that was convenient. So my suggestion is Fuck that noise. Let's do hangouts instead. Thoughts?
James F.
user 7712083
Nashville, TN
Post #: 1
+1 to hangouts. I wouldn't feel so bad about not being able to attend occasionally because of travel, because I could more than likely attend. Also, I propose that we use Hangouts on Air to record each session so newcomers can catch up, if you can't make it you can review, etc.

Just some scope: are we focusing only on Software Development/Architecture in this club? For example, would 'The Design of Everyday Things' be too out of scope?
Arafat M
user 12582030
Group Organizer
Nashville, TN
Post #: 6
The scope is "I do what I want!"
Rick B.
rickbradley
Nashville, TN
Post #: 2
I would actually like to have a group read all of Christopher Alexander's books, _A Pattern Language_ is actually the least interesting for a book club (but the one that every programmer thinks they know something about, heh). But that's kind of me trolling.

I'm :+1: in general.

One thought about hangouts is that I think they have a maximum number of attendees (10?), so we should make sure we don't run into that. I know in the past that book club attendance was something of a sawtooth function -- every new book brought out 15-30 people, and by the end of the book 3-8 people were left.
Arafat M
user 12582030
Group Organizer
Nashville, TN
Post #: 7
Didn't know about the 10 person limit. Do we have alternatives? Or maybe we do a combination of hangouts and irc.

As for time, how does Monday 12-1 sound?
Robby C.
user 12111943
Nashville, TN
Post #: 11
When do we get to 40 Shades of Smalltalk?
Rick B.
rickbradley
Nashville, TN
Post #: 3
Didn't know about the 10 person limit. Do we have alternatives? Or maybe we do a combination of hangouts and irc.

As for time, how does Monday 12-1 sound?
I'm fine with that.

Also, re: "40 shades of smalltalk" -- does someone have a link to that? My google-fu must be weak today.

In the past I think first book was by executive fiat (to avoid bikesheds), and subsequent books were by survey, with candidates suggested by the folks who actually attended the discussion meetings.
Arafat M
user 12582030
Group Organizer
Nashville, TN
Post #: 8
I love the smell of fiat in the morning.

So the current plan is:
- Book: DDD quickly (download from http://www.infoq.com/...­ for free)
- Time: Thursdays 12-1. First meet starts Thursday 1/9 at noon.
- Location: Hangouts (for the first 10 to join), IRC for everyone else. Let's spam #nashdl on freenode

If you don't like it you can lick my salty chocolate balls (or suggest an alternative)
Robby C.
user 12111943
Nashville, TN
Post #: 12
If you don't like it you can lick my salty chocolate balls (or suggest an alternative)
http://www.amazon.com...­

Now you're gettin it!
James F.
user 7712083
Nashville, TN
Post #: 2
Yeah, there is a 10 person limit - didn't even cross my mind. We've been playing with BlueJeans to get around that, but there is a somewhat hefty cost associated with that.

Maybe we play with OpenMeetings or something like that once we figure out how many folks will in attendance on regular basis?
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