What is the Virtual Brown Bag?

Virtual Brown Bag is an online meeting where attendees can talk shop, share tips & tricks, and get help from others. You can learn more about it here.

Who can join and share?

Anyone! Jump on and speak up. We sometimes schedule guests to speak on particular topics but we always set time aside for normal brown bag discussions. Let us know if you would like to be a guest speaker.

Upcoming Meetings

  1. September 17th, 2020 - 12-1pm Central Time

    We'll talk about what the attendees want to talk about!

Previous Meetings

  1. September 10th, 2020

    Mmhmm (making it for better virtual meetings), TypeScript, Swagger, Express.
  2. September 3rd, 2020

    Main smartphone apps we use, discussion on technical writing, top-level functions vs classes, Python.
  3. August 27th, 2020

    Houston Tech Fest, 3D-printed masks, Code Metrics (messy code), George's architectural talk and new talk on "computer pioneers you should now about", https://medium.com/a-computer-of-ones-own
  4. August 20th, 2020

    We talked about job searching, code challenges, job interviews, being manager or leaders and how to apply for such job. We wrapped things up with a quick discussion about "Human Code Reviews".
  5. August 13th, 2020

    Great discussion on books that all software developers should read. Also some talk about this post: "It's probably time to stop recommending Clean Code". And to close the meeting of, some geeking out with a Python FizzBuzz implementation.
  6. August 6th, 2020

    Topics we discussed: looking for a job, helping out others, RocketBook, Replacing Jasmine with Jest on Angular projects, test style, Jest Custom Matchers, https://questions.wizardzines.com/
  7. July 23rd, 2020

    This week we talked about estimation techniques for projects, as well as API documentation.
  8. July 16th, 2020

    George had a question about C#, Generics, Reflection, which then led us to a TypeScript discussion, interface vs class, etc. Alper gave us a mini-presentation on Distributed Systems Design Principles: Lessons Learned from Udi's class
  9. July 9, 2020

    We've had a great conversation about communication challenges and techniques, including how to communicate through code, spoken language, Improv techniques, etc.
  10. July 2nd, 2020

    Our bud Tony shared his experiences learning React. We discussed a little about React vs Angular vs Vue. Then we talked abou Story Mapping and Impact Mapping. And last but not least, we had a conversation generated by asking folks on the call the following questions: 1. As a developer, what's most important to you? 2. What does "being a great developer" mean to you? Why?
  11. June 25, 2020

    We talked about upcoming free virtual events, Claudio's "Trusting IT" call for feedback, the "Badass - Making Users Awesome" book, George's code challenges, using generators, threading/pipeline operator, and the Rocketbook.
  12. June 18, 2020

    We've continued our conversation from last week, talked a little more about resumes, and also job interviews, developer challenges, etc.
  13. June 11, 2020

    Great chat about resumes! We've lost the 2nd half of the discussion due to technical issues, but still, there's good content in here.
  14. June 4, 2020

    We talked about a bunch of stuff this week! Books, Connecting, F# Conf, WebForm/WinForm, Android crash, Racket, FizzBuzz, The QA's Role in a Scrum Team. George brought up discussion on resumes and interviews It sparked many comments. We'll bring it back next week. We have even mentioned FoxPro. :)
  15. May 28, 2020

    George's "challenges": https://github.com/togakangaroo/daily, https://orgmode.org/, emacs, Org Babel
  16. May 21, 2020

    Arrange-Act-Assert, Given-When-Then, When-When-Then, Refining user stories, Righting Software (book), Architectural book, Software Architecture youtube channel, Google.dev, Azure App Service Static Apps with Svelte + Sapper, Top-Level Programs in C#9
  17. May 14, 2020

    We talked about Udi Dahan's Advanced Distributed Systems Design course, C#'s new feature: source generators, Security standards and considerations, Node and NPM, Tribes of Programmers, and some miscellaneous things, as usual
  18. May 7, 2020

    Talks on managing interruptions, Pomodoro Technique, finding opportunities and leveraging them, trust in IT, importance of tests, and a couple more miscellaneous things!
  19. April 30, 2020

    Advanced TypeScript.
  20. April 23, 2020

    Tips, processes, techniques, and tools to work remote effectively.
  21. April 16, 2020

    "Now" pages, importance of User Stories, and a lot of Emacs love.