GDG Garage Atlanta

GDG Garage is an hands-on, hyperlocal & regular meeting of developers.

Hands-on means that there is no speaker. People come and work together in small groups — on whatever they feel like. Hyperlocal means it’s a neighborhood thing. If you need to travel a long way to a GDG Garage, you are doing it wrong, and you should create your own. Regular means it happens bi-weekly or more often.

Think of GDG Garage as a D&D session, but instead of dice and sheets of paper, you have laptops and code.

Or think of it as a local gym, but instead of excercising muscles, you excercise your coding skills.

Four Principles

1 — Nobody is perfect

It’s okay to ask for a code review or for help when you’re stuck.

It’s not okay to mock someone for not knowing something.

2 — Try something new

Get out of your comfort zone. Are you a JavaScript guru? Say hello to malloc(). Are you a backend guy? Here’s a couple of UX components.

It’s easy to diss another programming language or development approach. It’s much more difficult (and useful) to actually learn something about it.

3 — Work in small groups

Don’t work alone (you don’t need a GDG Garage for that).

Don’t work in larger groups (5+ people) — it’s not effective.

4 — Share your knowledge

Helping someone with their problem usually means you get to improve your own skills.

A little help today can lead to a huge collaboration in the future.

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  • Cameron K.

    Sorry guys, I have a personal thing that I need to attend to. I'll make it someday. I promise.

    July 23, 2014

  • Jonathan P.

    Finally, we don't have to cancel GDG Garage for lack of space! All should know the power and mystery of the DevOps prowess belonging to the Linux super user that is Rob "the Machine" Fauls.

    We are looking for a permanent location, and also a location for the next event. If you have a space and appreciate gratuitous flattery then send me an email. :)

    July 22, 2014

  • Nathan B.

    Hey, Big thanks to Rob Fauls for offering up a space.

    July 21, 2014

  • Nathan B.

    Hey we are still nailing down the location so we are moving this to Wednesday night.

    July 20, 2014

    • Ryan K.

      This is perfect because gf parents are coming into town Wednesday. I am saved!

      2 · July 21, 2014

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