Three Virtues of a Programmer

Meeting Topics

This month, Nathan Kelley will be giving a talk entitled Three Virtues of a Programmer: How to make Laziness, Impatience, and Hubris Work for You.

Many would consider laziness, impatience, and hubris to be qualities that are better left checked at the door in a professional environment. Others consider them virtues and core components of the most efficent programmers and IT people. What is it that makes these qualities virtuous? How do they relate to each other? And how can we wield them in a way that helps us succeed? We will discuss how these qualities can help us become more productive, eliminate waste, and develop better working relationships with our users.

After the talk, we will spend about 10-15 minutes as a group sharing stories of how we’ve each found ways to be more productive, eliminate waste, etc. This informal discussion is also a good opportunity to get ideas from peers about how you can start applying these “virtues” to your own job/career.

To conclude, we’ll work on a short leap year kata in randori-style (i.e., one laptop connected to the projector, and we each get to write tests and code).

About Nathan

Nathan Kelley has been writing software since his early years of 10/20/30 BASIC on a Tandy TRS-80 Model III, in 1983, when he was 6. Since then he has developed software as an in-house-developer for companies of many shapes and sizes in many different industries. He received “Outstanding Student Award in Computer & Information Science” from Walter State Community College in 2007.  He loves developing software, messing with technology, and challenging his kids.

Logistics

The meeting will be on Thursday, June 7th at 6pm (Click here to RSVP). As usual we will have food and refreshments. If you have special requests for food (e.g., vegetarian-friendly), please leave us a comment below.

We’ll be meeting at the same location as last month — Claris Networks which is near the Bearden area of Knoxville.

From I-40 East:

  • Take exit 383 for Papermill/Northshore off I-40. Keep right at the exit, turning on to Papermill Drive.
  • Take your first right onto Weisgarber Road, and go back under I-40.
  • Next, turn right at your first light onto Lonas Drive. Look for the Claris Networks sign about 800 feet from Weisgarber on the right. Turn right, and the building is all the way up the hill.

From I-40 West:

  • Take exit 383 for Papermill/Northshore off I-40. Stay left for Weisgarber Road. At the light, turn right onto Weisgarber Road.
  • Next, turn right at your first light onto Lonas Drive. Look for the Claris Networks sign about 800 feet from Weisgarber on the right. Turn right, and the building is all the way up the hill.

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