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Second thing is Events!
This week we have the legendary Jon Skeet (
, *person with the most
reputation in ALL of Stack Overflow*, and author of C# in depth) from
Google coming to give a talk about what it's like to work there.
We also have our first Learn to Code event, all details below.
We look forward to seeing you at our events, if you are interested in
becoming a member, bring £5 with you to the events and we will have
membership signup sheets! =)
*This Week's Events:*
Google: Engineering at Google: it's a little different
Date: Wednesday Week 1 - 16 October 2013 Time: 06:00 PM Facebook Event
<https://facebook.com/events/1418356795049339/>Place: Lecture Theatre A
- Dept. of Computer Science
<http://ox.compsoc.net/events/tags/corporate/> Sponsor Event
Being an engineer at Google is a fantastic experience. Most people know
about some of our perks such as free food and fabulous offices - but
what's the work like? How does it compare with other environments? I've
been at Google for just over five years, with about ten years of
industry experience before that, so I've seen a bit of both sides. In
this talk I'll try to address four questions:
* What challenges are particular to Google (and other companies of
similar scale) which don't affect most environments?
* What challenges faced by smaller companies simply aren't a problem
* Where does software engineering still have significant issues which
hurt everyone, regardless of scale?
* How can you get ahead of the game as a software engineer?
*Jon Skeet* is a Senior Software Engineer in Google's London office,
where he's worked on Mobile Sync, Mobile Notifications, Windows Phone 7
Google Search App, and Google Offers. Beyond Google, he's better known
for his is involvement in the C# community and particularly the Stack
Overflow Q&A site. Jon has a maths degree and a diploma in computer
science from "the other place."
Learn to Code: Session 1
Date: Saturday Week 1 - 19 October 2013 Time: 05:00 PM Facebook Event
Social Area - Dept. of Computer Science
Speaker <http://ox.compsoc.net/events/tags/committee_speaker/> Talk
<http://ox.compsoc.net/events/tags/talk/> Learn to Code
This is the first event in our Learn to Code series!
*Note: Remember to bring your laptop to these events!*
About Learn to Code
During these events, there will be a mixture of interactive workshops
and talks. We will be teaching you the basics of programming
using Python <http://www.python.org/>. These events are good if you have
zero coding experience, but they are also valuable if you already have
started coding and would like to better your skills. We also welcome
people who already have good coding experience as the more volunteers
These events are always followed by our weekly Geek Night
You can find out more information about this series of events over
We also have a facebook group for discussion if you are taking part in
this course: fb.com/groups/OXLearnToCode
...and a group for those who would like to
Geek Night 1
Date: Saturday Week 1 - 19 October 2013 Time: 07:00 PMTags: Geek Night
President - Oxford University Computer Society