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Here in St. Louis, we had the first Code Brew (as we call it)! We have been meeting at user group meetings for the last four years. It is nice to always go to a user group and meet others, network, and see some great presentations. But a few of us wanted a bit more interaction - so born was the idea of a Code Brew. We held the first one in my dining room. Here is the idea of what a Code Brew is and how it can work for you too:

  • 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, K2.net, 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.

Let me know if anyone else is going to do a Code Brew and how it went.

Posted on Friday, November 5, 2004 11:36 AM Social Life , Microsoft , MSDN | Back to top


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