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I saw Bill Evjen discussing a Code Brew that he just participated in. It sounds like a total blast and I was curious if the geeks from the Portland area (like fellow Nerd Dinner attendees) would be up to getting together for a Code Brew. What is a Code Brew, you might ask? Well, I think Bill said it best, so I will post a clip from this recent post of his:

  • A Code Brew consists of a small group of peers (4-10 to be effective)
  • Meet with laptops ready, software ready and an understanding that each person is going to want to take a 10-30 minute lead with the group
  • Each lead (in turn) works through either a work-through demo (which everyone will work through as well), a problem they are having (which others will try to help solve through either advice or samples), a product demo (either something someone built or something cool that was found which you feel others would benefit from)

Our first Code Brew went very well and we had a blast. We had laptops, pizza and beer (what else do you need). When doing work-through demos, the idea is to teach something real quick that others might not have done themselves before. I lead first and worked everyone through building a web service with a required SOAP header and then through an example of building a consuming page for that web service. Devin showed a application that he built based upon the Assembly Metadata Unmanaged API.doc found at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003\SDK\v1.1\Tool Developers Guide\docs (I didn't know this stuff was there). We also spent time talking about the new Virtual Server 2005 and some of the details on how it works. We covered Visual Studio shortcut keys, networking, building your own computer,, Microsoft strategies and more. It was a FUN, FUN evening and we all agreed that we are going to make this a regular event. After about four hours we called it quits. What a great way to learn by sitting around, discussing and sharing ideas.


You up to the idea, Portland? What do you say?

Posted on Friday, November 5, 2004 1:52 PM | Back to top

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I'm in whenever it happens. Although I don't know about the lead time coding, I'm just a chump when it comes to that.
Left by carlos on Nov 05, 2004 1:52 PM

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Sure sounds intriguing to me!
Left by Rich C on Nov 05, 2004 3:22 PM

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Sounds like fun.
Left by Chris Sells on Nov 05, 2004 8:05 PM

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Dude, count me in on the next one (assuming we have no baby yet)
Left by Malcolm Anderson on Nov 17, 2004 10:04 PM

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