Hawaii iOS Developer Meetup – Session 20

No stream to share this time. The camera was set to record with OBS but the computer thought it was still connected to 2 monitors. I was not able to aggregate all running programs on one monitor and restarting did not help. So I decided to proceed with the meetup without streaming or recording. And it went well. I believe everyone learned something new.

I felt like I was trying to cram too much space into a single talk and ended up lecturing at the attending developers more than teaching and letting them ask questions.

Good notes for future meetups.

We did have a chance to go over the exercise I created for the meetup. I created a function that doubled, removed odds and summed the total.

The Mob Programming challenge was meant to have them get into the hot seat and code. Getting over that fear of doing something in public is central to my ideas in terms of learning how to code. And doing it well.

I shared a story that reminds me to just throw my hat into the ring, especially if I’m afraid.

When I was about 16 years old, I had been playing the guitar for about 4 years. My friend Johnny told me about a jam circle in Aiea that I just had to go to with him. He didn’t really share the logistics or how the group worked and I didn’t ask. I packed up my Fender Strat and took my tiny amp and Johnny picked me up in the morning.

We drove to Ewa. Took us about 20 minutes. We parked in a strip mall. And walked our gear up stairs. The drive took longer than expected and we were about 15 minutes late.

Johnny opened the door and I followed him in. There must have been about 30 old-timers sitting around jamming together. I was intimidated but tried not to let it show.

I sat down and watched Johnny take out his guitar, tune it, and set up. I was frozen.

The other men acted like they had seen Johnny before too. I don’t think he had ever been here before.

I sat there, still frozen.

One guy started the riff, easy 1-3-5. Then each person in the circle would take his turn (about 2 minutes) riffing leads over the chord progression.

Johnny did a good job riffing.

When it came to me, I said that I wasn’t going to participate. So I sat there and listened for 40 minutes. Just sitting there and feeling like shit.

Nearly 20 years later, I still remember that day. I remember it because I regret it. I should have gotten my guitar out, plugged in, and ego-be-damned, played my little heart out.

I shared this story with the meetup attendees as a caution to get out of your comfort zone. And a reminder that we are all beginners. And that you just need to get started to get going.

I’m looking forward to tonight’s session on Result Errors vs. Optionals!

If you’re interested in attending the meetup, please RSVP.

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Author: David Neely

Professional Software Developer. Technology and Web Coordinator at the University of Hawaii's Manoa Career Center.