The Hacker Within, Illinois


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What:

A weekly meeting of researchers who are always learning new tips and tricks to make their computational work flow more smoothly. In these friendly sessions, peers at all levels of experience share topics useful in our scientific software development workflows.

This meeting would be a great venue for introducing new libraries, showing off useful features of a scientific library or programming language you’re using, or bringing up a computational problem you’re having.

Who:

Anyone interested in software development best practices is welcome to come to our meetings.

When:

Every second Wednesday (opposite CSE seminars): lunch - 11:30 AM, meeting - 12 PM.

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How:

Participating is really easy.

Note that the lightning talk time is a good way to bring a question to the group. If you have a bug you need help with, here’s the place to ask many ears about it at once.

Why:

The tenets of scientific endeavor (e.g., data control, reproducibility, comprehensive documentation, and peer review) suffer in projects that fail to make use of current development tools such as unit testing, version control, automated documentation, and others.

To avoid these pitfalls, this weekly meeting exists for sharing skills and best practices for computational scientific applications. This group is modeled after The Hacker Within, which began as a student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is now reborn as a collection of such chapters around the world. Each of the chapters convenes a community of scientists, at all levels of their education and training, to share their knowledge and best practices in using computing to accomplish their work.

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