Gamifying learning — why not?
Tomorrow is the 2nd Wedneday of the month, which means that the Ann Arbor .NET Developer group is meeting at SRT. If, like me, you're still bummed that you missed last month's meeting with Michael Wood on PLINQ, you probably will want to make an extra effort tomorrow night, when Steve Smith is in town and speaking on ASP.NET MVC. Steve will be presenting Robert Martin’s SOLID principles of Object Oriented Programming, with examples of violations of these principles in a simple ASP.NET MVC application. The principles are then applied, resulting in a much more elegant and maintainable application. This is a free meeting, open to the public.
SRT Solutions is inviting all developers to join them at Automation Alley in Troy for a day of software development at the SRT Stimulus Lab. This is a jam format, not a lecture format (which means that it's very hands-on). We'll start off with some fundamentals: version control (bazaar), continuous integration, unit testing and functional testing. The format is open; you can work on your problems (with encouragement, advice, and help from others) or on our examples, if you just want a flavor of some new languages. This is a low cost event ($75 for the full day), and it's free for unemployed software developers (limited seats available). Sign up at http://srtstimulus.eventbrite.com. If you use the discount code SRTUSER, you can still get the early bird price of $50 for a few more days.
The Agile Groupies in Ann Arbor will meet at SRT Solutions on June 16, from 6-7:30 or so. Cost: $10 for food. Joe Hershey will be pairing and speaking, and the talk is entitled, "TDD is Nonsense".
The Detroit Java User Group will meet on June 17 at Compuware, during the Eclipse DemoCamp and IT Exchange Forum, from 5-8 pm.
The next Ann Arbor Java User Group meeting is scheduled for June 24. I'm still waiting to hear what the topic is.