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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 on Feb 16, 2016

Good things coming up for the Virtual Brown Bag:

The website is back up!
http://virtualbrownbag.com/

We are also on Slack:
http://slack.virtualbrownbag.com/

A Community on Google:
Virtual Brown Bag Community on Google

We’re scheduling people to come give us a 10-30 minute talk on specific subjects, in order to get some discussions going. We’ll be publishing our schedule to some online calendar.

Other topics covered this week:

Angular 2

JB’s struggles with Ember

George’s checklist for project estimation:
https://github.com/togakangaroo/estimation-checklist

I shared the Breaking the Time Barrier book, written by the creator of
Freshbooks.

I also shared about Rails Assets, and asked how the guys handle pulling libraries into Rails app. JB says he’s given up on using gems for that, and just puts the files into the project. I’ll probably try that, too.

JB also shared this: Google assets sync rails

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Virtual Brown Bag on Feb 9, 2016

My notes for last week’s VBB…

George talked about JavaScript generators.

I talked about my struggles integrating AngularJS templates into a Rails app, which boiled down to me skipping a step or two following instructions on how to use the Angular-Rails-Templates gem.

I mentioned Postach.io, which is a blogging platform that allows us to maintain a blog by writing the posts as notes in Evernote. This is what I’m using for my musical blog, Sanctuary of Nevermore.

For my professional blog, www.lassala.net, which is hosted on WordPress, I’ve been using a blogging tool called Blogo, which allows me to write my drafts in Evernote, and then edit the posts and publish it using this tool.

I’ve also mentioned my post Catching up with my Book Reading, and talked about three books I’ve finished recently that I really enjoyed:

Anything you Want: 40 lessons for a new Kind of Entrepreneur, Derek Sivers

Mastering Creativity, James Clear

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing, Al Ries & Jack Trout

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Virtual Brown Bag on Feb 2, 2016

Last week both George an I couldn’t make it to the VBB, but JB came through and shared more of his Earlang, Elixir and Phoenix love. The video is up and running so you can catch up (I just did!):

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