Lightning on Lavaca

Hey Coders,

Each month we will have a developer present a 5-10 min lightning talk on various technologies. After the talk we'll have some time for hacking. If you are a beginner, we can help you get started. If you're an intermediate programmer looking for a challenge, we can help you find problems to work on.

This meetup is intended to be exclusively open to people who identify as female, but our female members are welcome to bring friends of any gender to the lightning talk.

Parking is available on the street for free after 6 pm or the Chase parking garage is $8.

Snacks provided by Women Who Code.

1. Lightning talk  by Scott Bellware: 

The SOLID Design Principles and Why They Matter

You can get code done without ever paying attention to design principles. They can appear academic and philosophical, and have little bearing on the tasks you have to get done. Yet for those who already have a grasp of design principles, they're the most critical aspect of getting work done. In fact, they're predictors for how fast you go, and how soon your project will run out of steam and start experiencing the typical software project productivity collapse. Design principles encode the mistakes that software developers make before the developers realize that they are mistakes. They allow you to head-off mistakes before they become delays. They clarify the difference between merely getting things done, and doing things now that don't become next' week's slow down. This quick presentation is a quick introduction to some of the most critical design principles, and the productivity qualities that they support.

Scott Bellware was an early adopter of Agile Development in late-2000, and has been practicing, teaching, coaching, clarifying, and improving ever since. Scott is an avid student of the effect of software design on productivity, and the application of the Toyota Way (a.k.a. Lean) to software development. Scott has been up to his elbows in all aspects of software development for over thirty years, from mainframes to PCs, from RDBMS to Big Data, from client-server to Web, and from desktops to mobile.

2. Lightning talk by Zachary Schneider:

Ops vs DevOps

What DevOps is not

-Team Composition

-Over the wall to administrators operating chef or puppet

-DevOps os not about the tooling

-What a DevOp is not

So what is DevOps

-Team Composition

-Role Description

-DevOps is about your product

-What a DevOp is

How do you get from here to there


-Organizational change



Zachary Schneider is a Developer and Operations engineer specializing in architecture and deployment problems pertaining to scale. He was a core contributor to Rackspace platform products including Cloud Databases, Cloud DNS, and Cloud Sites. Currently he is working on improving HP's OpenStack based cloud.

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  • Dorin

    I am bummed I can't make it tonight but I hope to be there for the next one. Thanks.

    March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ugh...everyone is yucky sick :(

    March 17, 2014

    • Holly G.

      No fun, Dawn! Hope y'all get better soon.

      1 · March 17, 2014

  • Katelyn

    Hi ladies, would love to see y'all again after last week's Happy Hour, but it will have to be another time. I promise to bring wine! Have a great time.

    March 17, 2014

    • Holly G.

      Thanks, Katelyn! See ya next time!

      March 17, 2014

  • Dorin

    I look forward to my first meeting with the group.

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Holly G.

      I look forward to meeting you, Dorin!

      March 6, 2014

  • Lita

    I am excited about both of these topics. Should be an interesting meet.

    March 6, 2014

    • Holly G.

      We certainly hope so! We look for topics that will expand our knowledge and skills.

      March 6, 2014

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    6 month sponsorship for Lightning Learning

  • Capital Factory

    Live streaming and monthly use of their classroom in the Omni hotel.

  • Rackspace

    Monthly tech talk, food, and location.

  • Retailmenot

    Monthly study time in their sweet space with outdoor patio and snacks!

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