December: An Evening with Coraline

Posted: November 30, 2014 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

People of Lambda Lounge, it is with great excitement that I announce the next Lambda Lounge. This Thursday, December 4,  we have a very special guest traveling in from Chicago to speak to us: Coraline Ada Ehmke.  This meeting will feature two talks of hers: “He Doesn’t Work Here Anymore” and “Test-Driven Refactoring” (abstracts below).  I would like to thank Preferred Resources for sponsoring Coraline’s travel expenses.  Sushi on the night of the meeting will be provided by Fast.  As usual, you are welcome to bring a beverage of your choosing to enjoy during dinner and while Coraline is speaking.

On this 6th anniversary of Lambda Lounge, consider reviewing the meeting archives for our group.  We’ve had so many great talks, discussions, and coding events. We illustrate the deep and rich pool of programming enthusiasts in St. Louis (including those who have left the area over the years).

If you would like to bring a non-perishable food donation or child’s gift to the meeting, Mario will deliver it to Circle of Concern on the Saturday following the meeting.

Doors open at 6.  I look forward to seeing all of you in the regular meeting place on Thursday (1st floor meeting room, 680 Craig Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63141).


Abstracts for Coraline’s talks:

Test-Driven Refactoring:

There are dozens of code metrics tools available to Rubyists, all eager to judge our codebases and tell us things that we probably already know. But when technical debt is piled high and feature friction really sets in, we need more than to know that our User class has a “D” grade. How can we use tools and tests to help us formulate a refactoring plan that amounts to more than just rearranging bricks in a crumbling building? Let’s explore some of the more interesting code analysis tools, take a look at our testing techniques, and find novel ways to combine them into a meaningful refactoring strategy.


He Doesn’t Work Here Anymore:

What happens when a successful and visible software developer announces to the world that they plan to transition from male to female? I would like to share the lessons I’m learning, the perspective I’m gaining, and the inspiration I’m finding through the experience of living and working in two genders. How is this change impacting my career as a developer? My relationship with the development community? Is it influencing how I create and appreciate code? My hope is to spark conversations and create opportunities for shared learning and growth by exploring the intersection of gender and technology.


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