Developers’ fireside chat, 12th August

If you have any interest in software development on (or of) RISC OS, then you might want to join in the next ‘fireside chat’, which will take place on Saturday, 12th August.

The meeting will take place from 7:30pm and will be wholly online, using the Zoom video conferencing system, making it easy for anyone to join from pretty much anywhere as long as they have a suitable computer and an internet connection.

There is also no specific requirement or qualification for joining the meeting, other than having an interest in programming on RISC OS. It doesn’t matter what level you are at; you can be taking your first steps or a programming wizard, or anywhere in the middle of those two, and no matter whether you’re a seasoned RISC OS user, or someone new to the platform wondering what you can do with it if you have a compiler or interpreter, you are welcome to join these meetings.

The idea behind the gatherings is to – hopefully – make RISC OS programming a more accessible subject; for people with more experience to share their tried and tested methods for performing certain tasks, and for those with less experience to benefit from that sharing. The allow guidance and advice to be given and received (depending on your abilities and those of the people you are talking to), and for all of this to be done in a friendly, informal way.

The meetings can progress in any number of ways, from discussions of specific issues faced by beginners, through ‘how do I?’ style requests, to looking at recently made demonstration videos of how to do a specific task in a in different languages, how to use certain tools, and so on, followed by a discussion exploring those topics. Even if a specific question can’t be quickly or easily answered on the night, they could open up a more specific avenue for a future meeting to focus on, or for videos to be produced.

If you’ve attended any of the previous meetings, the details should be the same, but if you haven’t you can obtain them by sending a direct message to Andrew McCarthy on Twitter or Mastodon – or indeed from your RISC OS computer using ChatCube – or by sending an email to me here in the RISCOSitory bunker.

Please be aware, though, that any emails sent this way on Saturday may not get a reply until close to the meeting’s start time!

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