[CoMoDev] Meeting format (was: Welcome to David Wathen)

  • From: David Beers <cervezas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Rick Sands <comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2005 14:37:22 -0700

 On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 13:37:04 -0700, Rick Sands wrote:
> Wow... Sounds like you had a *great* meeting.  Personally, I'd rather have
> the informal discussions like that MOST of the time with formal
> presentations deriving from them only as needed. 

I like the idea.  Always have, which was why we started out meeting at a brew 

Let's just make it a point not to pack a whole meeting with formal 
presentations--maybe go 45 minutes or 60 max--and leave the rest of the time 
for open discussion.  If we don't have a presentation from time to time, that 
seems to be cool too, but it's nice if we can advertise that there is at least 
going to be a topic for discussion since that helps when I try to advertise the 
meeting.  We don't have to say "now everyone must talk about X" but let's at 
least say that someone will be prepared to start a conversation about X if 
other topics don't take over on their own.

Many meetings of this sort allow for some time for just "networking" and I 
think that'd be good for us, too. 


> -Rick
> -----Original Message-----
> From: comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> Behalf Of David Beers
> Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 1:26 PM
> To: Rick Sands
> Subject: [CoMoDev] Re: Welcome to David Wathen
> No sweat, Rick.  It apparently turned out to be a bad night for most of the
> regulars--I might not have made it myself if it hadn't been for the fact
> that I was responsible for presenting.
> As it happened the three of us who made it dispensed with the formal
> presentation and just had a rollicking good discussion on topics such as:
>         * The relative merits of Java and .NET (discussed among guys who use
> both and don't have a 'religious' affiliation to either)
>         * The future of the Win32 API
>         * How the Palm/WinMobile/Symbian showdown will shake out in the
> coming years
>         * The joys and perils of independent consulting
>         * The somewhat counterintuitive evolution of the mobile software
> market from a zillion different classes of applications to just a few and
> what that means
>         * The strong demand for ruggedized devices (and how this has been a
> boon to the Windows Mobile platform)
>         * Why dirt bikes are good and ATVs are evil
> I'd like to say you didn't miss much, but I'd be lying if I did.  All
> present agreed that we had *very* important things to say. ;-)
> We'll do SyncML another time.  Maybe April if there isn't a demand for
> something else.  Paul Herin made noises about doing a presentation on how to
> do crypto when you don't know if your mobile is going to be talking to a
> .NET server, a J2EE server, or your aunt Lucille's toaster oven, so I'm
> inclined to lean on him for that! :-)
> David
>  On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 11:23:46 -0700, Rick Sands wrote:
>> First, welcome to David Wathen ...
>> Second, I am sorry I missed last night's meeting - especially after
>> saying I'd be there... Stuff came up (Girl Scouts) and I was hi-jacked
> into it...
>> -Rick
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> [mailto:comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of David Beers
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 10:56 AM
>> To: comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [CoMoDev] Welcome to David Wathen
>> Folks, please welcome David Wathen to the CoMoDev list.  David is a
>> software developer in a Boulder-based startup called LockSolid. He's
>> interested in learning more about mobile development issues in
>> preparation for some development his company is planning on doing in the
> future.
>> Welcome aboard, David!
>> =========================
>> David Beers, Moderator
>> Colorado Mobile Developers
>> www.comodev.com

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