Hack Night Retro Futurespective

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Looking back at 2 years of running Hack Nights in Sydney. Also announcing an exciting new format for the rest of the year! …

Looking back at 2 years of running Hack Nights in Sydney. Also announcing an exciting new format for the rest of the year!

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  • 1. Hack NightRetro-future-spective Josh Price @joshprice
  • 2. The story so far... • Started in Sydney October 2009 (~ 2 years!) • Inspired by Brisbane ActionHack • and Melbourne Cocoaheads hacking evenings • Runs every month 2 weeks after #rorosyd • Usually Tuesday or Wednesday • Format has changed often to keep it interesting • Project-based (define projects and get into teams) • Set problems (“Codewars” problem set, Game of Life, etc) • Open source (Rails 3 bugmash) • Newbie night (teaching Ruby/Rails) • Language theme (ie Haskell, Coffeescript, etc) • Tool / Technique theme (Riak Map/Reduce problem) • Freeform (work on whatever)
  • 3. Thanks to everyone who has attended • Too many to mention • You know who you are... :) • Thanks for coming!
  • 4. Thanks to everyone who’s helped out • Gabe Hollombe • Tim McEwan • Mark Wotton • Richard Heycock • David Parry • Ben Webster • Carl Woodward • Matt Allen • James Sadler • Chris Herring • Ryan Bigg • Lachlan Hardy • James Crisp • Tim Lucas • Gareth Stokes • Darryl Manning • Michael Cindric • Mikel Lindsaar • Marcus Schappi • Chris Darroch • Cameron Barrie • Anyone I forgot... :/
  • 5. Massive thanks to all Sponsors • Ninefold • ThoughtWorks • Agency Rainford • Plus2 • Key Options • Job Futures • Sentia • Tutoring Australasia • UTS ISF • The Project Factory • Snepo • Steam • Digital Five • Atlasssian
  • 6. Sponsorship is awesome • We need office space for 10-20 people • should be enough tables and chairs to fit comfortably • shouldn’t be too spread out • Public wifi is handy • Food is always wonderful • if not we buy our own • Drinks are nice • beer is delicious but can be spilled • Let me know if you can do it (@joshprice)
  • 7. New FormatDeliberate Practice in the style of Code Retreat
  • 8. Deliberate Practice • Mini Code Retreat (see coderetreat.com) • Conway’s Game of Life problem • Cellular Automata • Relatively simple problem domain, but lot’s of angles • 45 minute sessions in pairs • TDD/BDD is strongly encouraged • You won’t solve the problem in 45 mins (seriously) • At the end of 45 minutes: • Quick review of learnings • Delete code (yes really, all of it) • Swap pairs and start again • We’ll aim to get 2-3 sessions finished in an evening
  • 9. Why?• Doing the same problem over and over again? • Let’s you focus on the journey rather than the destination • Aim to write the best code you can • Focus on the details (like naming and design)• Provide an environment for deliberate practice and focus • None of the pressures of normal work (deadlines, pressure etc) • An exploration of new techniques • languages, tools, frameworks • Ability to practice rusty concepts• Great for those new to Ruby or the community • Get to pair with 2-3 people • Great learning environment• Same format, keeps things consistent and predictable
  • 10. New format • Will use this new format for the rest of the year • Constraints will be added or changed depending on crowd • Shouldn’t get boring, but we’ll keep doing it until it does
  • 11. Next Hack Night • Digital Five • Tuesday 27th September • 6pm til 10ish • Level 14, 61 Lavender St, Milsons Point • Sign up on the Github wiki • https://github.com/rails-oceania/roro/wiki/rorosyd-hack-night • I’ll announce to the mailing list as per usual
  • 12. Questions?