[Chicago] Fw: Idea: weekly Chicago coding sprints?

Fawad Halim fawad at fawad.net
Sat Jun 10 00:57:32 CEST 2006

Great idea, except for the 6:00 part. I come in from the 'burbs and would have to get up at 3:00 to make it. Afternoons would be a lot better for me.

Speaking of sprints, we started a django meetup clone app at the last sprint, and needs a little love. It'd be nice if someone could make it at least good enough to use for scheduling chipy meetings.


On Fri, 9 Jun 2006 15:14:15 -0500, Jason R Huggins <JRHuggins at thoughtworks.COM> wrote:
> Hey gang, sorry I missed the meeting last night... Hope it lived up to the
> hype. :-)
> In other news, I was thinking... (and watch out when I start to think
> outloud)...
> I'm waaaaay over due in updating my Oracle DB support patch for the Django
> framework.. So it turns out that late at night, I'd rather read boring
> comments on Reddit or Slashdot than actually write code... Which reminded
> of one of the cures for that... Coding Sprints and Paired Programming...
> Having someone looking over your shoulder... or being in a room with
> others working on similar tasks help to keep you focused...
> Which got me thinking more.... getting the motivation to write open source
> software when I'm not paid to do it is alot like getting the motivation to
> go exercise... It helps to have a buddy or team to train with...
> Which got me thinking more... what if every week there was a "mini-sprint"
> held at some central location downtown where folks can meet up and code...
> Kind of like a "running club", but for coders. A coffee shop with WiFi
> near Millennium Park might work, or perhaps the food court in Citibank
> Plaza . To fit into the work schedule of people who get paid to do other
> things, the "sprint" would be before or after the standard 8-5 work
> schedule of most office dwellers....
> My proposal is that every Monday morning from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., open
> source hackers meet somewhere in downtown Chicago and work on the projects
> that interest them... We could even setup projectors and let bystanders
> help find bugs on the big screen... or having a big screen would just
> serve to bystanders as a window into the wacky world of non-paid software
> development. Perhaps, I'll even find someone who wants to help me with the
> Oracle/Django patch... and it'll reduce my temptation to just loaf around
> and read Slashdot....
> This doesn't have to be Python-specific.... Rubyists, Perl Mongers,
> PHPimps, and Javanauts are welcome, too. Forget the Lispers, though.. they
> talk funny.
> Thoughts? Rebuttals? Flames?
> -Jason
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