Introducing “Devs in the ‘ditch”Posted by Chris O'Dell on March 19th, 2012 – Be the first to comment
At 7digital we’ve always loved and appreciated the London developer community. All members of our development team regularly attend events held by groups such as the London .Net User Group, London Software Craftsmanship Community, Agile Evangelists, Extreme Tuesday Club, the various “In The Brain” events at Skillsmatter and many others.
We feel it is now our turn to give back to the community and as such we will be hosting free independent, semi-regular evening events at our office, called Devs in the ‘ditch, and we’d like everyone to come along. We’ve set up a meetup group for future events: http://www.meetup.com/devs-in-the-ditch/
We’re planning to host a few talks from members of the team, many of which have held the same or similar talks at other events including the QCon London and Software Craftsmanship and also hosting other members of the community.
Our first event is on Thursday 19th April and will feature Paul Shannon (@BlueRezz), who will be running a clinic on Code Smells:
Computer Scientists and Software Developers love analogies. You’ll find that the Agile fraternity love metaphors and double meanings more than any other breed of software developer. A Code Smell is one of the most obvious metaphors and comes from the instinctive reaction to bad smelling food – a primordial reaction to tell you that the food is bad, of low quality and should not be eaten. While smelly code might not poison you it can turn the stomach once you’ve honed your software craftsmanship skills. We’ll begin the session with an overview of some of the more common code smells. Bring your argument hats, as some of these points are going to be controversial.
Paul premiered his talk at XP Manchester early last year and also performed it at Agile Staffordshire where they found that the Code Smell Clinic was a good idea – like group therapy/free consultancy
There will also be drinks and after the talk everyone is welcome to join us at the pub round the corner. Plus, a free t-shirt for everyone!
Please note that entry will be via the rear door of the office situated in Clifton Street. There will be signage, so you should be able to find it.
Thursday 19th April
Doors open at 6pm to start at 6.30pm
Sign up on the Eventbrite page here.