The Dev Brunch
Let me start by introducing the concept of a “Dev Brunch” as we perform it. Once a month, we spend nearly half a day of the weekend by meeting and talking about topics related to software development. The meeting starts at perfect brunch time, everybody brings along some brunchable food and the party begins.
Everybody who attains the Dev Brunch has to prepare a topic to tell about. We set a limit of 15 minutes for the talk and unlimited time for questions and discussion. We elect a moderator, though, to bring us back on course when we disgress too much.
To prepare a topic isn’t hard work. No slides are required, no written handout or code examples. You just have to work up a topic to fit it into 15 minutes.
The October 2009 Dev Brunch
The topics of this session were:
- Java’s upcoming Fork/Join framework - Java 5 brought the util.concurrent classes, Java 7 will bring the Fork/Join framework to further ease concurrency in Java.
- The current status of JIT on mobile devices – the tagline was “why is my Android phone so slow?”. This talk even included slides!
- Project estimation with planning poker – the talk gave away the secrets of planning poker and even more secrets of how to sell it to the management.
- Pitfalls of unit testing Spring infected code – Developers often mix up the framework with its concepts. The example given was dependency injection (concept) vs. Spring (framework).
- First impressions of Scala – Tales of a first contact with Scala from a Java developer.
Several talks included bonus material that will be provided in the comment section of this blog posting. Most material will be in german, as were the talks. But to ease our international readers: most links within the bonus material point to english articles.
Stage your own Dev Brunch
We cannot stress this enough – holding your own Dev Brunch isn’t complicated but very valuable. Just invite your mates and bring food. Once you started, you’ll attract other developers from your vicinity and get to know them in an informal manner.