Upcoming Schedule

On October 8th we'll have a Global Day of Coderetreat, a bit before the rest of the globe *

Please mark your calendar and register herehttps://www.meetup.com/TechLife-Ann-Arbor/events/230047158

Code Craftsman Saturdays alternates each month between some form of Code Retreat format and a deep-dive format. In October we will focus on learning and improving our coding practices to the point of making them habits.
We will have breakfast together starting by 8:30 and get to know one another. Around 9 I introduce the challenge and get people started. You and your chosen pair will wrestle with the problem for 45 minutes, and then we'll put laptops down and do a brief retrospective. The retrospectives allow all to share what they learned and to maybe choose something to do differently next time. Then we do it again
Each month, attendees range all over the map: students, seasoned pros, researchers, front-end devs, microservices pros, and everything in-between. Comfort levels are found across many languages: Java, C#, Python, JavaScript, C++, Ruby, even the occasional Swift, Elixir, or Scala enthusiast. You get exposed to different ways of thinking, different habits, and different skills, roughly 6 times in the course of one day.  We do it every month, so we've gotten pretty good at it.

The primary focus of a code retreat is craftsmanship; learning and practicing our skills until they become great habits. 

* Why earlier that the rest of GDCR16?
FREE PARKING: On the corner of E Ann St and 4th Ave is the multi-level Washtenaw County Courthouse parking garage. Parking is always free all day on weekends.

On November 12th we'll have a

Deep Dive: The Role of "Other", a bit of Zen, courtesy of one of our excellent sponsors.

Please mark your calendar and register herehttps://www.meetup.com/TechLife-Ann-Arbor/events/230047158

Code Craftsman Saturdays alternates each month between some form of Code Retreat format and a deep-dive format. 
In November we go deep into technical practices of pairing, refactoring, and improving team interactions. In an article a friend recently directed me to, the assertion "we are each other’s whetstone" is made and explored from multiple perspectives.  That assertion reflects my own view of what makes the coderetreat format work so well, as well as mob programming. If the article gets to be too deep for your tastes, skip down to the "Relationship Between Coding and Consciousness".
We will have breakfast together starting by 8:30 and get to know one another. Around 9 I'll introduce the challenge and get people started. We will be working in different sized groups throughout the day; from pairs to mob programming, and pretty much everything in-between. We will do fixed length exercises and there will be an "ask" at the conclusion of each one to expose the value.
What's going on here is learning, and practice. One of the best values is learning from one another, and pair programming with people you would otherwise never have the opportunity to work with. We do it every month, so we've gotten pretty good at it.
FREE PARKING: On the corner of E Ann St and 4th Ave is the multi-level Washtenaw County Courthouse parking garage. Parking is always free all day on weekends.