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July Go Hack Night

The July Go Sydney meetup will be a hack night.

What is a hack night I hear you ask ? It is an opportunity to bring your laptop, code and ideas and work with other interested Gophers on your project.

No project ? Not a problem. If you're new to Go, or just want something to try, we'll be leading a simple project to write a basic web application in Go. If that isn't your bag, then feel free to work on your own idea.

Who should attend ?

If you're interested in learning to write Go code, have a project that you are working on and would like some feedback or help, or want to meet fellow Gophers, then this hack night is for you.

What should you bring with you ?

You'll need a laptop with your operating system and editor of choice. If you've already got Go installed, that's great. If not, we'll be able to help you get set up.

Google have generously provided the space for us, as well as super green Google wifi, but depending on the numbers power may be an issue, so please make sure your laptop is charged.



18:00 Meetup starts

* Setup, introductions

* We'll go around the room, everyone can introduce themselves, what they are hoping to work on. As some suggestions (which you are certainly not limited too) we have:

* Brad Fitzpatrick from SF is going to be hacking Camlistore

* Stennie from 10gen will be doing something with MongoDB / mgo

* If you’ve never used Go before we'll be able to help you get setup then maybe work through the

* -or- try to write a simple web application using the net/http package.

18:30 Commence Hacking!!

20:30 (ish) Cease Hacking!!

* Call on a few brave souls who want to present their work. This will be limited mainly by time, we might just go around the room and people can speak from the floor rather than involved presentations.

* Wrap up.

21:00 19th Gopher

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  • David S.

    Could have done with a bit more preparation or pre-work or something. A lot of people struggled to come up with something to do.

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • Dave C.

      Thanks for the feedback. I agree that preparation is important, and I'll aim to do better next time. In my defence, I find it hard to use the meetup format/website to workshop ideas. It is also hard to communicate with the group members without scheduling a meetup. I guess this is what this comment form is for -- but I don't think it really lives up to its promise. I'm also a little wary of prescribing any particular goal for the meetup as (a) I don't want to run a tutorial (b) I'm not a teacher, for me it would be far more valuable if attendees talked amongst themselves to solve problem, rather than hoping I have the answers. In conclusion, I'm considering forking a mailing list/g+ group/google group/or something as a vehicle for workshoping ideas for the next meetup, but nothing to report as of yet.

      July 14, 2013

    • Xuanyi C.

      This is a similar problem with the Python hack night I believe. It's a similar format, which I think works for people with projects. I think the webapp idea is rather novel though, and it could work with slightly better planning (hello world echoing webapps are really kinda too easy IMO)

      July 14, 2013

  • Bruce F.

    Sorry Gophers, I'm going to be a no show tonight due to work commitments. I wanted some help too :( enjoy yourselves.

    July 11, 2013

  • Andrew G.

    Hey everyone—the venue front door may be locked some time beween 6-6:30. We'll have someone down there for a while letting people in, but at some point the door will be unmanned. Send mail to [masked] if you're locked out! :-)

    July 11, 2013

  • Dave C.

    Thanks to everyone who RSVPd for tomorrow. I've added a brief agenda to the event description. If you have questions, please leave them below.

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be hacking on Camlistore (see and would love to help others set it up & hack on it.

    July 6, 2013

    • Armen B.

      I'm so excited and would love to hack on Camlistore

      July 6, 2013

  • Stennie

    Would be great to see some examples of projects that folks plan to work on, and what sort of help/collaboration (if any) they'd like. I'm playing with Go and mgo (MongoDB driver) but don't have a defined project .. yet :).

    June 25, 2013

    • Dave C.

      (continued, why doesn't meetup let me use \n?!?) but, like Stennie, if you've got something you want to work on that is totally cool, and in fact encouraged. Hopefully there will be others in the room who are interested in MongoDB so you can work together. The only real requirement, if you could call it that, is I might call on a few people at the end of the evening to present their work, or at least discuss how they went. Don't freak out, this isn't homework, but the idea of the evening is collaborative learning, so the more you put in, the better the likelihood you'll get some value in return.

      June 25, 2013

    • Andrew S.

      I'm going to build a CI/CD feedback device with a very Golang flavored twist... Going to need some go coding tips... I'm still a little wet behind my GoEars. :)

      June 25, 2013

  • gareth s.

    go party, woo!

    June 25, 2013

  • Andrew S.

    Arrgh... bummer, I am in Brisbane on the 11th! ... I have a sweet project idea too :-/ will have to wait till next time. Have fun! :)


    June 25, 2013

    • Dave C.

      Not a worry, there _will_ be more, hopefully we can make this a monthly event.

      June 25, 2013

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