For a while now Hull Digital have been talking about the idea of getting together developers in this area to discuss the varying aspects of development.
Why do we need such a group?
The speed at which our industry moves is incredible and as developers it is almost impossible for us to keep on top of all aspects of our industry, we can only begin to keep up by working together. Sure we can read books, blog posts and watch screencasts, but there are only 24 hours in a day and we all have lives outside of work as well.
A group would be the perfect place for developers to get together and discuss all things development. Whether this is Web, Desktop or Mobile based development we’ve got lots we can discuss with each other.
Who is the group for?
The group will be open to anyone wanting to learn and discuss development technologies and techniques. Whether you are a back-end or front-end developer, run a development shop, are a student, or simply a development enthusiast, this group will be for you.
Developers involved in the group should be open minded and not be closed to non-mainstream ideas. The group will not be dedicated to one language, but open to all, as every language can learn ideas and principles from others.
Possible Format of Development Group
Initial ideas have been for the group to meet every couple of months. Clearly this can change dependent on demand.
We are currently thinking that the meetup should be kept in a similar format to the current Hull Digital Meetup, with a couple of speakers and then time to socialise and discuss the evenings talks.
Clearly the world of development is very wide ranging and as such it is hoped the range of topics will be quite large.
Some suggested early topics have been:
- Test Driven Development
- Object-relational Mapping
- Principles of SOLID
- MVC Frameworks
- Advanced CSS
- Windows Presentation Foundation
- Mobile Apps
- Cloud Computing
- Accessible AJAX (Hijax)
- Domain Driven Design
So we can get this group right for you, please let us know what you would like from such a group. Does the proposed format work for you? What kind of topics do you think should be covered? Would you be prepared to do a talk?