It’s been quite awhile! I hope everyone is doing well, and is having a great holiday experience.
I’ve been taking a break from many things as of late. I’ve been given the opportunity to serve and take part in good causes lately, and have been focusing more on my family especially during the holiday season.
Also, I haven’t been blind to the issues that have been occurring in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland and others. I’ve listened to stories like the one discussed between Scott Hanselman and Dr. Kortney Ziegler. I followed and reviewed information from both sides of Gamergate. I also discussed the issues that I saw personally.
I’ve been contemplating and meditating on these things, and have made some comments. However, I’ve been burdened to do more than sit back and just talk about the problem. The thing is that I love my neighbor. I love my neighbor to the point of action. And so, I’ve been thinking on what I can do as a software developer. Being given a great example by the ones who love me despite my flaws, and the groups that I discussed in the inequality post, I’ve decided to follow suit. Thus, the == (Equality) User Group has been created.
For the uninitiated, a single equal sign in many programming languages means assignment. If I have a variable called x, and I say x = 0, then I’m assigning 0 to x. However, a double equal sign is an equality operator. In that same example, if x is 0, when I ask if x == 0, I will receive a response of true. More info here.
This group will focus on teaching software development to peoples of all backgrounds, creeds, colors, genders, ages. At this group’s meetings, a safe learning environment will be sustained for any and all who wish to learn and collaborate with other developers. This will be a place where interview practice can be done to help acquire employment. This will be a meeting where we will do what we can to acquire resources for the sake of each individual’s career in software development.
This is my gift to you all this holiday season. Also, it’s a call to those who hear the same call to action as I have. Regardless of any excuse, you are welcome to come and assist. It will be appreciated, regardless of how small you think your contribution will be. Send me a note on any of my social sites or here in the comments with any ideas and/or if you wish to volunteer.
I will begin planning the first meeting once the holiday season has completed, and will post it on here and on my social sites once a date has been decided.
Thanks for reading!