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Virtual Brown Bag: November 2020 Summary

November was a week short in Virtual Brown Bag meetings due to Thanksgiving. I hope everybody enjoyed the long weekend and took the time to feel and express gratitude.

Here’s a quick summary of topics we’ve covered in November.

  1. November 19th, 2020

    Job interviews, Azure Certification, Azure emulator, Node.JS, React Context and Context Provider.

  2. November 12th, 2020

    GitHub hack (youtube downloader), user stories, test organization (1 test fixture per class/component vs context-based), TypeScript (generics, unions, what’s the minimal bar for devs to know), JavaScript ORM.

  3. November 5th, 2020

    Discussion on testing, GPT-3 (AI, neural network), asking about SOLID in interviews, what is good code?

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Virtual Brown Bag: October 2020 Summary

Another month full of Virtual Brown Bag meetings in the books and the variety of topics keeps increasing.

Check out what we’ve been up to in October and join us to participate in the conversations as well! Every Thursday, 12-1pm Central Time.

  1. October 29th, 2020

    We talked about Microsoft certifications, past and recent experiences. We also spent some time talking about custom matchers in Cypress.io, and security-related static analysis tools.

  2. October 22nd, 2020

    Great discussion remembering the Alt.NET movement, and also talking about architecture katas.

  3. October 15th, 2020

    Obs and PPT automation, Books (Righting Software, .NET Architecture), DDD, Event Storming, CQRS, REST… great conversation!

  4. October 8th, 2020

    Some more talk about Mmhmm, anti-fatigue mats, home-office setups, nerves-project.org, IoT, Elixir, micro-services and data for dashboards, AWS and AWS Amplify.

  5. October 1st, 2020

    Mmmhmm (virtual camera, setup, experiences), EICAR test string, Spam Pull Requests, things we put in the resumes, databases: when to start thinking and making decisions about them…

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Virtual Brown Bag: September 2020 Summary

September was another month with great Virtual Brown Bag meetings: large variety of topics and great conversations!

Join us every Thursday, 12-1pm Central Time.

  1. September 24th, 2020

    Cypress.io, Trust (the struggle is real… how to build trust?), OSS maintainers and leadership, Blazor.

  2. September 17th, 2020

    Xamarin, React, state management, data migration and source control, Surface Laptop, job interviews, DB natural IDs, managerreadme.com

  3. September 10th, 2020

    Mmhmm (making it for better virtual meetings), TypeScript, Swagger, Express.

  4. September 3rd, 2020

    Main smartphone apps we use, discussion on technical writing, top-level functions vs classes, Python.

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Virtual Brown Bag: August 2020 Summary

The weekly Virtual Brown Bag meetings keep going strong. August was filled with great discussions.

Check it out, and also consider joining us, every Thursday at 12-1pm Central Time! www.VirtualBrownBag.com

  1. August 27th, 2020

    Houston Tech Fest, 3D-printed masks, Code Metrics (messy code), George’s architectural talk and new talk on “computer pioneers you should now about” https://medium.com/a-computer-of-ones-own

  2. August 20th, 2020

    We talked about job searching, code challenges, job interviews, being manager or leaders and how to apply for such job. We wrapped things up with a quick discussion about “Human Code Reviews”.

  3. August 13th, 2020

    Great discussion on books that all software developers should read. Also some talk about this post: “It’s probably time to stop recommending Clean Code”. And to close the meeting of, some geeking out with a Python FizzBuzz implementation.

  4. August 6th, 2020

    Topics we discussed: looking for a job, helping out others, RocketBook, Replacing Jasmine with Jest on Angular projects, test style, Jest Custom Matchers, https://questions.wizardzines.com/

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Virtual Brown Bag: July 2020 Summary

Tons of great conversations at the Virtual Brown Bag weekly meetings in July. Check it out, and also consider joining us, every Thursday at 12-1pm Central Time! www.VirtualBrownBag.com

July 2nd:

Our bud Tony shared his experiences learning React. We discussed a little about React vs Angular vs Vue. Then we talked abou Story Mapping and Impact Mapping. And last but not least, we had a conversation generated by asking folks on the call the following questions: 1. As a developer, what’s most important to you? 2. What does “being a great developer” mean to you? Why?

July 9th:
We’ve had a great conversation about communication challenges and techniques, including how to communicate through code, spoken language, Improv techniques, etc.

July 16th:
George had a question about C#, Generics, Reflection, which then led us to a TypeScript discussion, interface vs class, etc. Alper gave us a mini-presentation on Distributed Systems Design Principles: Lessons Learned from Udi’s class

July 23rd:
This week we talked about estimation techniques for projects, as well as API documentation.

July 30th:
Great conversation that included an F# project using F# Dapper and Fable React (an F# solution for Server Side Rendering), DSL in F#, Farmer, difficulties learning React, the history of CSS…

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Virtual Brown Bag: June 2020 Summary

June was another month filled with Virtual Brown Bag meetings every Thursday. Lots of great discussions on a variety of topics. Here’s a summary and links to the videos. Enjoy!

June 4:
We talked about a bunch of stuff this week! Books, Connecting, F# Conf, WebForm/WinForm, Android crash, Racket, FizzBuzz, The QA’s Role in a Scrum Team. George brought up discussion on resumes and interviews It sparked many comments. We’ll bring it back next week. We have even mentioned FoxPro. 🙂

June 11
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Great chat about resumes! We’ve lost the 2nd half of the discussion due to technical issues, but still, there’s good content in here.

June 18
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We’ve continued our conversation from last week, talked a little more about resumes, and also job interviews, developer challenges, etc.

June 25:
We talked about upcoming free virtual events, Claudio’s “Trusting IT” call for feedback, the “Badass – Making Users Awesome” book, George’s code challenges, using generators, threading/pipeline operator, and the Rocketbook.

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Virtual Brown Bag: May 2020 Summary

Lots of goodies shared at the Virtual Brown Bag during the month of May. Here’s a summary (with links to the videos):

May 7: Talks on managing interruptions, Pomodoro Technique, finding opportunities and leveraging them, trust in IT, importance of tests, and a couple more miscellaneous things!

May 14: We talked about Udi Dahan’s Advanced Distributed Systems Design course, C#’s new feature: source generators, Security standards and considerations, Node and NPM, Tribes of Programmers, and some miscellaneous things, as usual

May 21: Arrange-Act-Assert, Given-When-Then, When-When-Then, Refining user stories, Righting Software (book), Architectural book, Software Architecture youtube channel, Google.dev, Azure App Service Static Apps with Svelte + Sapper, Top-Level Programs in C#9

May 28: George’s “challenges”: https://github.com/togakangaroo/daily, https://orgmode.org/, emacs, Org Babel

Looking forward to seeing what April brings us!

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Synchronized Development for Distributed Teams

I have worked remotely on and off a lot over the last 20 years or so, I think I end up taking for granted some aspects of it and can’t quite see why some people are having a hard time with that. Some recent conversations have made me take a step back and put some more thought into it so I can best help other folks adjust to this.

On one recent conversation with a friend and co-worker, he mentioned his team’s latest sprint has been very successful, despite the work from home scenario. I asked to what he attributes that success, to which he answered “pair programming”, and that reminded me of a great success story I’ve had with a team 10 years ago!

In fact, we were so happy back then with how the team was handling remote work, that my good old friend George and I even put together a talk about it, delivered at a Houston Tech Fest. So for our Virtual Brown Bag meeting last week, we decided to revisit that content, checking what processes and tools we used 10 years ago, how well they stood the test of time, what we’ve changed since then, etc. Our realization is that the processes are still pretty much the same, whereas some of the tools may have been replaced, but still sticking to the same intent.

If you’d like to check out that conversation, sit back and enjoy the video!

P.S.: And I hope to see you online at our Virtual Brown Bag tomorrow, April 30th, 12-1pm Central Time.

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Virtual Brown Bag on April 23, 2020

The Virtual Brown Bag tomorrow (April 23) will start at 11am Central due to some scheduling conflicts. The website has been updated to include this information, as well as a link to last week’s video, in case you missed it!

Join us to check out what folks have to share, and maybe share a thing or two yourself. Meanwhile, here’s last week’s video, when we talked about “Now” pages, user stories, and some real neat Emacs tricks:

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The Virtual Brown Bag is Back… again!!

Remember when we used to Learn and Share at the Virtual Brown Bag Meetings back in 2009? It was so great, we even brought it back in 2016 (thanks to the efforts of my friends JB and George). Well, it’s time to bring it back… again!!

People have been asking me about bringing it back and I’ve been wanting to do it, and now the current situation we live in has just pushed me into getting it back up and running again.

The first meeting in this reboot is happening next week, April 16, 12-1pm Central Time, which by a very fortunately coincidence happens to mark the 11th anniversary of the very first VBB! How appropriate.

All you have to do is to head over to this link on April 16 and join us. If you click on the link now, you even get to set a reminder so you won’t forget it.

The format will be pretty much the same as we’ve done before.

What should you do between now and then? Well, take notes of things you learn, challenges you face, interesting articles your read… and then share those with us at the VBB! If you think you don’t have anything to share, join us anyway, and we may be able to change your mind about that. 🙂

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