AgileWorks Romania
22Sep/16Off

Global Day of Coderetreat 2016

Hi all,

That day of the year, when programmers from all around the world celebrate together the joy of coding, has come. Global Day of Coderetreat is happening on 22nd October. Like every year, our community is participating at the event and is inviting you to practice your craft. 

This year, Alin Pandichi is facilitating the coderetreat. You might know him from our previous meetups such as "Bring Your Own Code" and "Coding Dojo". He is also one of the Bucharest Java User Group organizers. 

We will gather in the city center at MozaicWorks office, our sponsor for this edition. Places are limited, so don't forget to RSVP. 

Prerequisites:

- Bring a laptop on which you have a working development environment for your chosen programming language. 

- Joy of coding :).

Agenda:

9:00 - 9:30 Welcome coffee

9:30 – 10:00 Intro

10:00 – 10:45 Session 1

10:45 – 11:00 Retrospective session 1

11:00 – 11:45 Session 2

11:45 – 12:00 Retrospective session 2

12:00 – 12:45 Session 3

12:45 – 13:00 Retrospective session 3

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch sponsored by Mozaic Works

14:30 – 15:15 Session 4

15:15 – 15:30 Retrospective session 4

15:30 – 16:15 Session 5

16:15 – 16:30 Retrospective session 5

16:30 – 17:15 Session 6

17:15 – 17:30 Retrospective session 6

17:30 – 17:45 Closing circle with beer

After 18:00 Other closing beers in the town

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Global Day of Coderetreat is a world-wide event celebrating passion and software craftsmanship. Last year, over 5000 passionate software developers in 200 cities around the world registered to spend the day practicing the craft of software development using the coderetreat format. Since our community pioneered code retreats in Europe, we are glad to continue this tradition. For more details please visit http://globalday.coderetreat.org/.

What's it about?

In our day to day jobs we have the sense of wanting to get it done, that causes to rush. And so we try to cut corners, but sometimes we do not cut the corners in the best way because we do not know enough.

During a code retreat we use pair-programming, which is wonderful because you can learn a lot from each other. We write our code using TDD and the known design rules. We focus purely on writing beautiful code, there is no pressure to actually produce a working solution for the problem.

The format of a code retreat is: 
- take a problem: Conway’s Game of Life 
- during 45 minutes sessions write the best code with your pair 
- delete your code (yes, it can be hard) 
- 10 minutes retrospectives 
- 5 minutes break 
- change your pair 
- start a new 45 minutes session

We have 3 sessions in the morning, after that we have a lunch of 1h - 1h ½, and 3 more sessions in the afternoon. At the end we have a longer retrospective.

This code retreat is language agnostic, the main principles are the same for each language.

See you on 22nd October!

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20Sep/16Off

Code and beer

What

The code and beer idea is simple enough: we gather in the evening after work, in a pub, have a beer and write some code. It is a social coding event where you can share ideas with other developers. You can come and leave whenever you want.

Why would you come and join us

Meet other programmers
Work on your own project
Help others with their projects
Find someone who might help you with a specific topic
Pair with someone and learn new things
Just hang around and talk to people

How

Bring your laptop and some code that you'll be working on. If you don't have code then think about what you would like to practice during the evening.

There is no predefined agenda. We just meet and work on whatever we feel like.

Important

Please specify what you would like to do during the evening by answering the question "What would you like to practice?" when registering.

Also, as soon as you know you can no longer attend the meeting please change your RSVP to NO immediately. Consider this gesture a sign of respect towards other members of this group who might want to attend in your place.

The number of attendees is limited because of the difficulties of finding a big pub and making reservations for a big group.

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14Sep/16Off

Agile Talks #X

Hi,

I invite you all to another Agile Talks event.

Here are the speakers for this edition.

First speaker is TBD

Second speaker is TBD

Agenda:

18:45 - 19:00 Arriving, socializing
19:00 - 19:10 Introduction
19:10 - 19:40 TBD
19:40 - 20:10 TBD
20:10 - 20:20 Break
20:20 - 21:10 Open Space - ask the speakers for more details or propose interesting topics
21:10 - 21:20 Retrospective & Closing

See you on TBD!

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14Sep/16Off

Code & Beer Cluj

Let's get together to write good code and discuss interesting topics in IT.

Bring your laptop and your code or think about something that you would like to practice or discuss. There is NO pre-established agenda. It is up to you to come forth with ideas and make these meetings worth-while for you and the rest of the group.


Code & Beer is meant for people that want to learn and teach others.


We aim to create a "human knowledge-base" that will help each participant improve him/herself. It's important to actively contribute to these meetings with topics that you find interesting or puzzling. These could include: a technical problem that you encountered while working on your projects, an interesting article that you've read, a new technology/framework/language, TDD, coding best practices and patterns etc.

Be prepared to do some pair-programming. Don't be afraid to share your code and your opinions. It's the best way to learn and improve yourself.

The format:

(The schedule is not strict, what follows are just some guidelines to provide our meetings with some structure. You may arrive and leave at any time.)

The meetings last about 2 hours, starting from 7 p.m. Between 7.15 - 7.30 we have a very short introduction about the purpose of the meeting, the participants and what they want to practice. After that, we pair up and start coding and discussing.

If you decide to attend, please RSVP. This will help us determine the number of spots to reserve. When you know you cannot attend the meeting any more please change your RSVP to NO as soon as possible.

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13Sep/16Off

Spark v2.0 Workshop

This 4-hour workshop introduces Apache Spark v2.0, the open-source cluster computing framework with in-memory processing that makes analytics applications up to 100 times faster compared to technologies in wide deployment today. Highly versatile in many environments, and with a strong foundation in functional programming, Spark is known for its ease of use in creating exploratory code that scales up to production-grade quality relatively quickly (REPL driven development).

The main focus will be on what is new in Spark v2.0 and this includes DataSets (compile-time type-safe DataFrames), Structured Streaming, as well as the de-emphasizing of RDDs.

The plan is to start with a few publicly available datasets and gradually work our way through them until we harness some useful insights.

The Spark Streaming examples will be comprehensive. We'll start with a stream of integers (rolling sum), then we'll simulate a more full-fledged streaming architecture. We'll first stream data via TCP socket (netcat), then via Kafka topic (Apache Kafka).

We are also going to look at a very basic example of how to store a Spark DataFrame / DataSet in Cassandra using the open-source DataStax connector.

The workshop has some requirements. 

1. Bring your own laptop. 

2. Have Docker already installed before the workshop. 

3. Have the Docker image already pulled and available locally.

Here are the necessary instructions:

2. Install Docker 

Linux: curl -fsSL https://get.docker.com/ | sh 

Mac and Windows: https://www.docker.com/products/docker-toolbox

3. docker pull dserban/sparkworkshop

The batch processing code will be in Python with iPython Notebook (Jupyter).

The Spark Streaming code will be in Scala.

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6Sep/16Off

Code and beer

What

The code and beer idea is simple enough: we gather in the evening after work, in a pub, have a beer and write some code. It is a social coding event where you can share ideas with other developers. You can come and leave whenever you want.

Why would you come and join us

Meet other programmers
Work on your own project
Help others with their projects
Find someone who might help you with a specific topic
Pair with someone and learn new things
Just hang around and talk to people

How

Bring your laptop and some code that you'll be working on. If you don't have code then think about what you would like to practice during the evening.

There is no predefined agenda. We just meet and work on whatever we feel like.

Important

Please specify what you would like to do during the evening by answering the question "What would you like to practice?" when registering.

Also, as soon as you know you can no longer attend the meeting please change your RSVP to NO immediately. Consider this gesture a sign of respect towards other members of this group who might want to attend in your place.

The number of attendees is limited because of the difficulties of finding a big pub and making reservations for a big group.

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6Sep/16Off

Timisoara Agile Software Meetup

The program for this meetup will be published in the week preceding the event.

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30Aug/16Off

Code & Beer Cluj

Let's get together to write good code and discuss interesting topics in IT.

Bring your laptop and your code or think about something that you would like to practice or discuss. There is NO pre-established agenda. It is up to you to come forth with ideas and make these meetings worth-while for you and the rest of the group.


Code & Beer is meant for people that want to learn and teach others.


We aim to create a "human knowledge-base" that will help each participant improve him/herself. It's important to actively contribute to these meetings with topics that you find interesting or puzzling. These could include: a technical problem that you encountered while working on your projects, an interesting article that you've read, a new technology/framework/language, TDD, coding best practices and patterns etc.

Be prepared to do some pair-programming. Don't be afraid to share your code and your opinions. It's the best way to learn and improve yourself.

The format:

(The schedule is not strict, what follows are just some guidelines to provide our meetings with some structure. You may arrive and leave at any time.)

The meetings last about 2 hours, starting from 7 p.m. Between 7.15 - 7.30 we have a very short introduction about the purpose of the meeting, the participants and what they want to practice. After that, we pair up and start coding and discussing.

If you decide to attend, please RSVP. This will help us determine the number of spots to reserve. When you know you cannot attend the meeting any more please change your RSVP to NO as soon as possible.

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23Aug/16Off

Coding Dojo

A Coding Dojo is a team practice format that accelerates knowledge transfer and sharing skills between team members. With an experienced facilitator, it is also a way of learning by applying various techniques.

Objectives

The following skills are typical candidates for improvement during a dojo:

• Refactoring
• Simple design
• Clean code
• Improving pair programming technique
• How to safely modify code you don't understand (usually legacy code)
• Learning a new programming language
• Unit testing
• Test driven development

In addition, coding dojo can be used by a team as a collective and structured way of solving difficult or risky problems related to production, like fixing a bug or redesigning parts of the application.

How it works?

The basic format of a coding dojo:

• All developers and the facilitator gather in a room.
• The facilitator introduces the purpose and the format of the coding dojo.
• One laptop with a functional development environment is connected to a projector.
• Two developers pair program on the laptop. The others are in the room, watching the code changes.
• Every 7 minutes, one developer leaves the laptop and the next one from the room takes his place.
• After a specified period of time (usually around two hours), the dojo ends with a retrospective.

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22Aug/16Off

Code and beer

What

The code and beer idea is simple enough: we gather in the evening after work, in a pub, have a beer and write some code. It is a social coding event where you can share ideas with other developers. You can come and leave whenever you want.

Why would you come and join us

Meet other programmers
Work on your own project
Help others with their projects
Find someone who might help you with a specific topic
Pair with someone and learn new things
Just hang around and talk to people

How

Bring your laptop and some code that you'll be working on. If you don't have code then think about what you would like to practice during the evening.

There is no predefined agenda. We just meet and work on whatever we feel like.

Important

Please specify what you would like to do during the evening by answering the question "What would you like to practice?" when registering.

Also, as soon as you know you can no longer attend the meeting please change your RSVP to NO immediately. Consider this gesture a sign of respect towards other members of this group who might want to attend in your place.

The number of attendees is limited because of the difficulties of finding a big pub and making reservations for a big group.

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