Software Guild: The Junior Developer’s Survival Guide

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Software Guild: Monthly Gathering of Programmers
Wednesday, September 30: 6:30-9:00 PM
6:30PM: Doors
7:00PM: James York’s “The Junior Developer’s Survival Guide” Talk
8:00PM: Hang Out

The Junior Developer’s Survival Guide
Are you new to the professional world of software development? Do you have new developers on your team? Are you wondering why college and the School of Hard Knocks did such a bad job preparing you to be a functional member of a high-performing team?

Take some advice from a former junior dev who has walked the path and learn to avoid rookie mistakes. Learn the skills employers value and how to get them. We will discuss quick return actions that can be undertaken immediately, as well as long term, slow-burn investments in your career.

This session will focus on technical and interpersonal advice to help make your first job search, entry-level hire, and first year as a developer go smoothly. A great career won’t just fall into your lap. It takes dedication, skill, persistence, and more than a little luck. Happily, we make our own luck.

Great for students and those new to the programming work world!

Bio:
James York is a musician-turned-software-developer who is like a knowledge TARDIS. He currently builds and teaches JavaScript curriculum for Grand Circus in Detroit, Mi. He has previously built web apps for cars, webapps for the … the web, and worked on an enterprise service bus, which even he has trouble describing.

Passionate about helping others find their way into software, James spends his spare time mentoring local software newbies and volunteering with Girl Develop It. He also co-founded a user group dedicated to software craftsmanship in downtown Detroit called the Detroit Craftsman Guild. He loves good chocolate chip cookies, bad kung fu movies, and is still waiting for Gandalf to invite him on an adventure.

 

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September Hackforge Events

 

Hackforge Movie Fundraiser: Spaceballs (1987)
Tuesday, September 8: 8PM
May the Schwartz be with you!
Spaceballs is Mel Brooks’ classic 80s sci-fi spoof.
10$ admission supports Hackforge and includes popcorn and pop. Free for Hackforge members!
Facebook Event

Board Game Night
Tuesday, September 15: 6-10PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games. Beginners welcome.

StartUp Windsor
Wednesday, September 16: 6-9PM
Come grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Facebook Event

Maptime Windsor-Essex
Thursday, September 24
Maptime is an open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge, offering intentional educational support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for mapping tutorials, workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time. Beginners most welcome! September theme to be announced shortly.

Open Data Windsor Essex Event
Tuesday, September 29
Exciting announcement and launch! Stay tuned.

Software Guild
Wednesday, September 30: 7-9PM
Monthly group for professional computer programmers.
Evening includes technical talks and networking.

Software Guild: Top Secret (August 26)

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Wednesday, August 26th from 7:00PM – 9:00PM @ Hackforge (255 Ouellette)
ATTN: Talks begin at 7PM

The group for pro programmers, The Software Guild is going Top Secret for August. Learn about password management and microcontrollers, to perfect your next project or become a super spy. After talks, stick around for an hour of socializing, networking, and plotting global takeovers.

John Haldeman – Authentication When You Aren’t Human
We all know the methods of password management for people – password complexity, changing passwords often, and two factor authentication. But what about our applications that need to log into other systems? Learn about the practices and methods to build secure applications in this area including certificates, kerberos, trusted contexts, and application identity management systems.

Paul Anderson – Introduction to Programming Microcontrollers
No spy kit is complete without some secret gadgets. Paul Anderson will describe the basics of what microcontrollers are, and how programming for them differs from programming for more complex systems.

Test Driving Your Code Workshop (For better software and sanity)

Wish you could detect unintended consequences of a change in your code before you deploy your app?

If you write code for a hobby or a living, and you want to up your personal game or improve the process you use at work, sign up for our Tutorial Day; bring your laptop to Hackforge on August 22nd and learn a little bit about software best practices.

We’ll talk a little bit about modern development workflows, give you a primer on source-code management with Git, and focus for most of the day on Unit Testing and particularly on Test Driven Development, which can save you time and dozens of facepalm moments.

We’ll be using JavaScript as a vehicle for learning because it’s so common and popular, but the lessons learned will be transferrable to your language of choice.

Tickets are $30 and lunch will be provided. The rest of the proceeds support Hackforge. There are twenty seats available, so get your tickets soon!

To get the most out of this event, you’ll need to know some JavaScript! If you’re a beginner, please complete this tutorial series before the event.

REGISTER HERE

August Hackforge Events

 

Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, August 12 @ 8PM - CHANGED: Hackforge (255 Ouellete)
The public is invited to attend the 2015 Annual General Meeting and meet Hackforge’s Board of Directors and staff. Elections will take place for new volunteer representatives and board of directors. There will also be an approval process to approve changes to membership and begin membership dues for 2015.

Hackforge Fundraiser Movie Night: Hackers (1995)
Monday, August 17th @ 8:00PM – Hackforge (255 Ouellette)
“Hack the planet!”
Join us for our second monthly movie fundraiser. Hackers is a cyberpunk thriller starring Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie.
Admission is $10 and includes free popcorn and pop.
Best 90s outfit wins a prize!

StartUp Windsor Monthly Meetup
Tuesday, August 18th, 6:00-9:00PM – Hackforge (255 Ouellette)
Come on out to the 1st StartUp Windsor monthly meetup! Come grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Facebook Event Here

Hackforge Board Game and Card Game Night
Wednesday, August 19 from 6-10PM @ Hackforge (255 Ouellette)
Join us for a night of board games and card games from 6-10PM. This event is free and open to everyone. If you’re new to board games, we encourage you to come by as we will have trusty Hackforgers there to help get you started.

Test Driving Your Code (For better software and your sanity)
Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM @ Hackforge (255 Ouellette)
Wish you could detect unintended consequences of a change in your code before you deploy your app?
If you write code for a hobby or a living, and you want to up your personal game or improve the process you use at work, sign up for our Tutorial Day; bring your laptop to Hackforge on August 22nd and learn a little bit about software best practices.
Register here! Space is limited.

Software Guild: Top Secret
Wednesday, August 26th from 7:00PM – 9:00PM @ Hackforge (255 Ouellette)
Join the group for professional programmers for another night of talks! This month, John Haldeman discusses “Managing Passwords for Applications”:

We all know the methods of password management for people – password complexity, changing passwords often, and two factor authentication. But what about our applications that need to log into other systems? Learn about the practices and methods to build secure applications in this area including certificates, kerberos, trusted contexts, and application identity management systems.

Great for beginners!

Notice of the 2015 Annual General Meeting

The Hackforge Board of Directors gives notice that Hackforge’s 2015 Annual General Meeting will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at (LOCATION CHANGED) Hackforge, 255 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON, for the following purposes:

  • To receive the Treasurer’s report.
  • To receive and consider the President’s report to the Members.
  • To approve the minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting.
  • To elect five Director positions
  • To approve changes to membership and begin membership dues for 2015.
  • To elect five Volunteer Representatives.

The public is invited to attend the 2015 Annual General Meeting and meet Hackforge’s Board of Directors and Program Coordinator.

Election of Directors
There are five Board of Director positions available for election; two positions are one-year terms and three are 2-year terms. Current Hackforge Board of Directors are allowed to seek reelection.

If you would like to serve on the Hackforge Board of Directors, please submit your notice of intent, including a short biography, to the Deputy Returning Officer, Olga Politis (olga.g.politis@gmail.com). The deadline to submit is Wednesday, August 5th.

Election of Volunteer Representatives
There are five positions available for Volunteer Representatives. Current Volunteer Reps are allowed to seek reelection.

In order to become a Volunteer Representative, please submit your notice of intent to the Deputy Returning Officer, Olga Politis (olga.g.politis@gmail.com).
The deadline to submit is Wednesday, August 5th.

Call for Resolutions
The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for members to have their views or priority issues put forward and voted on by members and then acted on by the Association.

Resolutions must be received at info@hackf.org by August 5, 2015. Resolutions cannot be presented from the floor during the AGM. Resolutions must deal with actions or positions to be taken by Hackforge or with its bylaws. Resolutions must be in keeping with the Association’s mandate and relevant to its operations.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Product Development Talk: How The Sausage Is Made

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Tuesday, July 28 @ 7-8PM
Hackforge (255 Ouellette)

“There are many paths, staying aware of which one you chose and why, will give the foresight you need.”

Does your product have what it takes? On Tuesday, July 28th, Kevin Taylor will be sharing insights gained on the product development process from over 20 years in the global electronics industry. Learn the steps of getting your product off the ground from a pro.

Doors open at 6PM and the talk goes from 7-8PM. Hackforge is located at 255 Ouellette.

Software Guild: Programming in the Wild (July 22)

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Get your hands dirty with the Software Craftsman Guild on Wednesday, July 22nd with a night of practical programming talks. Learn about one of the most popular programming languages and one of the most important software projects. Hang out and hack, starting at 7PM. From 8-9PM, join Jeff Szusz and Anthony Garreffa for their talks.

Software Guild
July 22nd – 7-9PM
@ Hackforge (255 Ouellette)

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Learn You Some Programming With Python. An intro to basic programming concepts using Python.

Jeff Szusz will be introducing us to the wonderful world of Python. Developers and developers-to-be will leave with the knowledge of how to get rolling in one of the most popular and loved programming languages around.

This is a great talk to attend as a beginner!

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Extreme Programming Explained: The birth of modern development practices.

Join the discussion of how a small team of developers changed how we build software forever. Anthony Garreffa gives a talk about one of the most important projects and pieces of literature in professional software development.

Don’t miss out on this talk! It will be a great primer for an upcoming event that we will be announcing that night.

 

Facebook event here!

Hackforge Events in July

 

Board Game Night – Thursday, July 9 @ 6-10PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games from 6-10PM. This event is free and open to everyone. If you’re new to board games, we encourage you to come by as we will have trusty Hackforgers there to help get you started.

More infoFacebook event

Tron (1982) – Monday, July 13 @ 8PM
Trapped inside an electronic arena, where love and escape do not compute!
The first on our movie fundraisers, join us for the classic sci-fi flick, Tron. Admission is 10$ going directly to Hackforge programming and community workshop.

Software Craftsman Guild – Wednesday, July 22 @ 7-9PM
The group for programmers meets again at the end of July.
We are still looking for Guild speakers. If you’re interested in giving a technical talk, contact info@hackf.org.

Product Development: How The Sausage Is Made – Tuesday, July 28 @ 7-8PM
Does your product have what it takes? Kevin Taylor will be sharing insights gained on the product development process from over 20 years in the global electronics industry.

Hackforge Board Game Night – July 9th

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Thursday, July 9th, come down to Hackforge (255 Ouellette Ave) for a night of board games and card games from 6-10PM.

We’ll have a games like Smash Up, Small World, The Resistance, and more. We encourage you to bring your favourite game (that can be played in less than four hours).

This event is free and open to everyone. If you’re new to board games, we encourage you to come by as we will have trusty Hackforgers there to help get you started.

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