[Chicago-talk] Beginner Nights

Joel Berger joel.a.berger at gmail.com
Mon Feb 4 11:16:39 PST 2013

Google forms/spreadsheets can easily be used as a simple survey:

I would love to see more new programmers come and stay, but as you say, its
hard to start at zero each week. I think the idea of a workshop is a great

I do know that several other groups try to put on multi-focused events,
including UIC's flourish conference http://www.flourishconf.com/2013/ and
the "ChicagoACM" group, which I know is trying to put something together
soonish: http://www.chicagoacm.org/. I recently forwarded an email from
them to this list. Some contact to those groups might be immensely valuable.

Joel Berger

On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM, Doug Bell <madcityzen at gmail.com> wrote:

> http://anonymoushash.vmbrasseur.com/2013/01/22/improving-perls-new-programmer-outreach/
> This interests me. I've been coming to Chicago.PM for more than a year
> now, and I've seen a few dozen people who are new to programming, or just
> new to Perl, come to one meeting and not return. I know there are places
> here that hire Perl developers who have trouble finding them (the Bank is
> one of them).
> I think that most of our content is geared towards the
> intermediate-advanced Perl programmer. I know that I tend to volunteer to
> talk about things that interest me, and what interests me is what I'm
> working on right now (usually).
> If we want there to be Perl programmers to hire, I think we need to take
> an active part in training them. I don't know what that entails, if it
> means we have a set of introduction presentations that we give on a set
> schedule, or if we continue using the Project Night as a hybrid "Here's
> something advanced and cool" and "What are you having trouble with" night.
> In addition, Orlando, Pittsburgh, and Minneapolis/St. Paul all have 2-3
> day Perl workshops. We're centrally-located in a major transportation hub,
> we could do the same.
> PS: Does anyone know of a place where I can set up a free, anonymous
> survey?
> Doug Bell
> madcityzen at gmail.com
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