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The East Bay Ruby Meetup Group Message Board › New Meetup: Agile, Rails and Cloud Computing in Education

New Meetup: Agile, Rails and Cloud Computing in Education

Jon S.
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Oakland, CA
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When: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 6:30 PM

Where: Wozniak Lounge
Soda Hall, UC Berkeley Corner of Hearst & LeRoy
Berkeley, CA 94701

Headliner: Armando Fox / UC Berkeley

6:30 - 7:00: Open mic: get help; strut your stuff

7:00 - 8:15: Featured presentation

8:15 - 8:30: Jobs Offered / wanted / door prizes

Presentation Abstract
"Crossing the Software Education Chasm Using Agile, Rails and Cloud Computing" Armando Fox, UC Berkeley Computer Science Dept.

Industry has long complained that academia ignores vital software topics leaving students unprepared upon graduation. Traditional approaches to software development were often neither supported by tools that students could afford to use, nor appropriate for projects whose scope matched a college course. Hence, instructors would lecture about important software topics, while students would continue to build software more or less the way they always had.
We argue that (1) software as a service (SaaS) developed via Agile methods is an excellent match both to cloud computing and to the classroom; (2) software of the next decade will increasingly be delivered as cloud services rather than downloaded binaries; 3) modern, highly-productive programming frameworks allow students to learn and hone good software practices within the time budget of a single college course; and 4) that Agile cultivates good software practices that stick beyond the course and even transfer to non-Agile projects.

We'll discuss our experience teaching such a course at Berkeley and our plans to develop this material further. We will be soliciting your feedback on various aspects of our approach. We encourage you to read an extended version of the above abstract at:­

Armando Fox - Adjunct Associate Professor UC Berkeley Computer Science Division fox .at. cs .dot. berkeley .dot. edu

Pre-meetup nosh:
We usually meet at the Biryani House (Shattuck @ University) around 5:00pm for snacks and tech talk. Either Rich or Jon will be there... or someone else from the group. Join us if you can and enjoy the food and the discussion.
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