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Quality: Open Discussion!

It's been awhile since I've heard the word "quality" used in thoughtful conversation.  I'd like to toss that word up in the air for everybody to shoot at, and see where it lands!


• What is it?  (Is it real -- can it be measured?  Or is it only in the eye of the beholder?)

• When do I need it? / When should I avoid it?

• How do I get it? / How do I ignore it?

Also, for this meeting, Omar won't be available.  So call my cell to get up the elevators:[masked]-0859.

We're also on our own for pizza and beer.  Anybody interested in springing for these?  I will be eating dinner beforehand, but don't let that stop the rest of you!


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  • Bruce F.

    We need a topic!

    Some ideas:

    - do another coding example and review
    - do a coding dojo (
    - have an open discussion on "quality" (what is it? when do you need it? how do you get it? what are the balance points?)
    - any topic that any of you would like to present to the group?
    - any "Teach Me" session that you'd like to host to learn something related to Python or software development?

    Please post ASAP. Sorry for the delay here...

    October 3, 2013

    • Chris

      The coding dojo sounds awesome! Though, the "quality" discussion would probably be pretty useful too (PEP8!? Pfft..!). I'm not sure if it fits the "Teach Me" format, but meta-classes are something that I could definitely use some direction on. What are they, what do you use them for, and how do they matter day-today? Maybe we could have a Python Tricks session where we share cool things we've found in the language, or cool/clever/advanced ways of using standard things for different tasks? The coding problem/review was a lot of fun, and quite informative. I'd definitely be down for doing more of those. Anyone want to meetup more than once a month to do code reviews on these sorts of problems?

      October 3, 2013

  • Chuck E.

    Has anyone ever created a "learning map" listing all the technologies one would want to learn on the path to becoming a serviceable Python Developer? I envision something like a CPM/PERT chart with a collection of parallel and sequential learning activities, eventually reaching the goal. The chart would illustrate the dependencies, and ideally there would be some indication of a few things for each technology along the path:
    1) Goal and relative depth of knowledge desired for that item
    2) Best source(s) of knowledge for that item
    3) Related and useful development tools and environments for that step

    September 18, 2013

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