Clojure Dojo

Firstly, I'd like to say a big thanks to everyone who attended the March Clojure dojo. For those who couldn't make it, we had a pretty good turn out with over 15 attendees and after briefly discussing what people wanted to get out of the dojo and coming up with some ideas for future events, we spent the evening working through some Project Euler problems in groups of 3 or 4. I'm planning on setting up a GitHub account so anyone who is interested can take a look at what we produced.

I also had recommendations from some of you that firstly, you'd like to have practical meetups more frequently with a suggestion that we meet twice monthly and secondly that some of the group would like to work on longer term projects such as improving the Clojure documentation or working on open source libraries. 

Personally I think these are great ideas and so I'm proposing one dojo style event per month and one hack day or swarm coding style event per month. This would be in addition to the user group meetup which is currently more presentation than hands on. If this is something people would find beneficial, I'll find out whether ThoughtWorks is happy to host twice a month so please get back to me with your thoughts.

Finally, this months dojo is currently scheduled for Tuesday 24th and I'm hoping we'll have a similar turnout to last month. The tentative topic is writing a bowling alley scoring system but I'm happy to take suggestions if anyone has anything in mind.

Toby

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  • Earl St S.

    It was a nice group of people and the problem was interesting. I didn't particularly care for the "two people pair, everyone else watches" style, but it ended up being nice just the same.

    September 3, 2013

    • Jack S.

      glad it worked out ok in the end, we will probably break up into groups like normal next time

      September 4, 2013

    • Earl St S.

      Hey, it was fun to try! I can also see where it would be really super useful in very large groups. Nice meeting you Jack!

      September 4, 2013

  • Dave D.

    gotta bail.

    September 3, 2013

  • Alex B.

    I'm going to try to hassle some other Runa devs into coming to this event. What kinds of things do you all usually do at dojos?

    August 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Generally the host has a few problems in mind and asks the group to pick one. Then we break into teams of 3 or 4 and work as teams - with a single computer per team - to solve the problem. The idea is to alternate who's "driving" while the whole team assist. Then, after an hour or so, each team presents their solution.

      Problems I've seen tackled in the past include roman number conversions and using Overtone to play the national anthem.

      1 · August 18, 2013

    • Alex B.

      Sounds like a fun, hands-on activity :) Thanks for posting.

      1 · August 18, 2013

  • Steve P.

    No problem for me. Maybe I'll drive in over the new bridge rather than BART!

    August 15, 2013

  • Jack S.

    Hey guys, I've got to push this back a week as I'm out of the country the last week of August.

    New date is Sep 3

    August 15, 2013

  • Jack Singleton changed the date and time from Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM to Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    August 15, 2013

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