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.
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
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.