SPUG: Perl Users Using Perl (or XP QOTW expands)

Michael R. Wolf MichaelRunningWolf at att.net
Fri Dec 20 17:04:25 CST 2002

The XP QOTW experiment proved to be a success, so I'm going to expand
it to a fortnightly "Perl Users using Perl" playshop.

Looking back at what worked, and what needs improvement, I have the
following observations:

 * XP is not critical to the purpose of the playshop.  (I like XP,
   want to learn more, and to practice more, but it's not critical to
   this playshop.)

 * Ditto for QOTW.

 * Three hours is a good chunk of time.

 * Pre-session food or drink is good for schedule synchronization and
   ice breaking.

 * Pair-wise programming works.  I both learned and taught something
   in each playshop.

 * Creativity and learning are mazimized by playing with a
   non-critical piece of code.

The real purpose of the get-together is for Perl Users (SPUG's middle
name) to (pardon the Perl syntax) "use Perl;".  When I realized this,
I did a big "Duh!!".  XP is just one methodology; QOTW is just one
project.  I expect that folks will bring many methodologies and
projects to future playshops.

Watch this board for upcoming time/date/location announcements for
"Perl Users Using Perl Playshop" announcements.

If you have suggestions for times/locations/projects, please post a
follow-up or send reply in the next few days.  I'll fold 'em into the
first announcement late next week.

Michael R. Wolf
    All mammals learn by playing!
        MichaelRunningWolf at att.net

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