September 07, 2005
Java/Flickr Meetup

Last night's Java Meetup was great fun.

El Presidente was a little disappointed - he'd come along hoping to talk to some people about XP. (We are adopting it at work, bit by bit, and while we can all see the problems inherent in Big Design Up Front, we are also having difficulty working out how to do without it.) There are usually a few ThoughtWorkers around, but not this time, and no one else had any real XP experience. They'd all read the book, though. ;-)

It wasn't a total waste for him, though - He, Tulna and Darren formed a mini digital photography and Flickr sub-meetup. There were some good photos taken: (See here, if the permalink gets fixed, or find them from here otherwise. Darren also posted some of them to his blog, and set up a London Java Meetup Flickr group.) Darren had a particularly nice lens - even I managed to take a decent photo with it.

El P and Tulna were pleasantly surprised by the absence of wierdos, I think, but they both left fairly early.

Late in the evening I had a conversation about the lovely Spring framework with Rob Harrop and Rick Evans. This is most unusual - Jez has specified Spring as the topic of the month, and I never talk about Jez's topic.

Anyway, thanks to Jez for another good night. It would be rather churlish to blame him for my hangover, wouldn't it?

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at September 07, 2005 03:29 PM

You seem to have a low tolerance for stupidity and things that don't work. I'd be interested on your thoughts on pair programming if your company decides to try it.

Posted by: Richard Cook on September 7, 2005 04:19 PM

Just a bit pleased to be showing off your new toy, I see.

Posted by: Sujatin on September 7, 2005 04:32 PM

I wonder if my "XP is a pile of crap" opening line held any sway with El P.

Anyway, I really enjoyed myself.
Even though there was precious little talk of Java in my vicinity.

Posted by: Darren on September 8, 2005 11:47 AM

Sounds good - OK then, when's the next one?

Posted by: Mark Matthews on September 14, 2005 11:33 AM

This is the Internet, matey. Try following the links. ;-)

OK, seeing as it's you -

Posted by: Simon Brunning on September 14, 2005 11:56 AM

Cheers - I didn't have time to go through all the links and stuff ;-)

You're a sweetie :-)

And as it said "Last night's Java Meetup was great fun." where you wanted me to be clicking, it wasn't apparent what that link would be for :-)

Posted by: Mark Matthews on September 14, 2005 04:13 PM
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