San Francisco, CAUSA 94132
June 16, 2013
I have been a RoR programmer since 2010 and now, on sabbatical, am dabbling in Clojure. Before these Java. In recent years I have come to love pair programming and find it a path towards really enjoying my job.
I was approached by Ben Mappen of Lean Launch Lab and asked to be his CTO. At the time I was still relatively new to Rails and said that I didn't have enough chops to be his CTO, but I would be willing to switch the job with a friend of mine who I had done a lot of pair programming work as a means of learning RoR. And we did! Finally I got to do a job that was mostly pair programming (about 66%), and I saw how amazingly fast we could go. It was also very hard as it's an intense way of working. Since then I've had some pairing opportunities and always feel like I'm having the most fun in that style.
I have to say I'm advanced level since I've been a professional programmer since the 1980s, but I've seen so many programmers who just blow my mind with what their capable of that I will never claim to be any kind of ninja.
It was good to see you at the weekly meetup!
I think maybe you didn't get my first reply to your note. Foley's might not be a good place to meet this weekend. Outside Lands is going to make it difficult to reach. I went last year and it was insane. Maybe Cafe International?
Also, I'm partially to blame here, but I'd like to get into the habit of scheduling our meetups no less than a week out. Attendance has dropped off recently and I believe it has to do with planning. I'll set this one up since we still have time.
Small world - saw you were in the Postgresql group, thought I'd check on Linkedin. And there you are coding up Steve Blank's / Alexander's Lean Canvas stuff. We'll catch up on this next time too - over a 1 minute game :)
Hi Kai - it's crazy but it's fun isn't it? Problem is - it makes me sloppy. But whatever - not going to be a GM. :)
Hey Kai, Just got back from my trip and saw your message about the recurring meetup at Java on Ocean. Glad to hear Foley's Gazebo worked out -- really wanted to be there. What time were you thinking? Have you found there to be a core group for that particular spot? I checked it out once and was admittedly disappointed with the turnout, but it might have just been the particular time/organization.