[tog] potential coder meet-up group?

Rebecca Yates rebecca at ryates.me.uk
Fri Oct 11 14:17:40 IST 2013

I'd be interested in this. I know enough C to make Arduinos do 
interesting things, and I'd be willing to help newbies with general 
programming problems.

I also want to upgrade the Python code[1] for the knitting machine[2] so 
that we can knit images as well as text. While I could hack that 
together myself, I'd really like to pair on it with someone whose Python 
is better than mine. Any takers?

Agree on the introversion point. Possibly the group would benefit from 
optionally matching up skills and requests before each meeting (group 
mailing list, or something).


[1] https://github.com/tangentmonger/twitterknitter/blob/master/server.py
[2] https://eirebecky.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/the-twitterknitter/

On 11/10/13 12:57, Matt Boyer wrote:
> Hello!
> My name's Matt and I've been a very occasional presence in Tog since last year, usually tagging along with Aoife to lockpicking night.
> I've started some OSS projects (https://github.com/mattboyer) and contributed to others - my skills are mostly C and Python, but I should be able to help with JavaScript, lowish-level hacking (ioctl's, snooping around binaries, that sorta thing) and general Unixy things as well.
> Now, the thing is I'm a pretty hardcore introvert and I know I do poorly in free-flowing, social settings with lots of noise and cross-talk. I'd love to take part in a coding event where things are fairly focused on getting a project going and moving it along. Ideally, I'd be looking at taking on more of a mentoring role in a programming meet-up.
> So there you go, consider my interest registered!
> - Matt
> On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 08:59:40AM +0100, Jacob Thomas wrote:
>> I'd be interested. Getting more into programming, but have a bit of
>> experience with Lua and some of the more obscure languages. Only worry I'd
>> have about this is if it turned into open source night, where people just
>> sit around talking about nothing, instead of actually coding or
>> contributing.
>> On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 8:46 AM, Caoimhin Blake <caoimhin.blake at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> I would be interested, my skills would be advanced C++ and C# but beginner
>>> level python and always interested in other languages, developer tools
>>> and IDE's. I have a couple of ideas for new projects or am willing to get
>>> involved in others if
>>> required.
>>>> Hi All,
>>>> Are you interested in a programming based meet-up in Tog?
>>>> I've heard from a couple of people recently that they would like a
>>> regular
>>>> group in Tog that would be programming-oriented, with a heavy bent on
>>>> helping out the newbies.
>>>> I know myself it was a hard slog to get past that initial learning curve,
>>>> and I think thats what people are asking for - to be able to meet-up and
>>>> talk code, at every level, but also to help each other out with difficult
>>>> problems.
>>>> So I'm open to running this group - putting my hat in the ring as it
>>> were,
>>>> but I'd like to see a show of interest to know how many people would be
>>>> interested in this kind of thing, also what your skill level is at.
>>>> I think if we can get a decent mix, its worth doing - if its all newbies
>>>> and no 'know it alls', it won't be very productive.
>>>> thoughts?
>>>> Sean
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