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* Ada Monthly Meeting proposal
@ 2022-04-26 19:59 Fernando Oleo Blanco
  2022-04-27  9:18 ` AdaMagica
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From: Fernando Oleo Blanco @ 2022-04-26 19:59 UTC (permalink / raw)

* Ada Monthly meeting

  A lot of programming languages and libraries have meetings/meetups
  which allow the community to come together and have a chat, share
  ideas, proposals and better utilise and prioritise resources. I
  would like to propose such a thing for Ada. Below is the rationale
  and some ideas and issues.

** Motivation
   The Ada community does not have many members when compared to other
   more-well-known communities. However, there is still some interest
   in having such type of meetings. This was recently made clear after
   some people pointed out they would like to have such a thing in the
   Ada channel over at Gitter.
   Personally, I have been playing with such idea and that is what
   motivated me to volunteer to drive the FOSDEM Ada devroom. I would
   like the Ada community to be more well-known and to have the same
   "resources" as other communities have. Meetups are a great way to
   have fun while discussing what we like.

   In meetups, generally speaking, users and developers can have the
   opportunity to come together, discuss topics, organise resources
   and help each other. Gray-beards can help those who still have
   colour in their hair; people with different sets of skills can
   propose solutions to problems that one may not have thought about;
   authors can present their work or improvements, etc.

   I would like to use the Fortran community as an example of what
   meetups can be used for. Here is their April monthly-meetup
   [1]. Their meetups are very focused on the language and "core"
   tooling... it is quite formal, which may not be what I had in mind,
   but we will see.

** Who is this meant for?

   Everybody who is interested.

   I would love to see some participation of the "Industrial users".
   But I understand that a lot of people see Ada (and many other
   things) as a tool that brings food to the table, nothig more. So I
   would not expect much participation of this group.

   Newbees and beginners are also more than welcome. They could see
   what people are doing and ask questions that are better answered in
   real-time by a person, instead of a Stackoverflow for example.

   Though, I must be honest, it is mostly intended for people who are
   interested in the Ada environment and open side of things. This is
   due to the nature of an open discussion and building a community. I
   have to be clear and state that I am biased towards the libre
   community, so feel free to point out any unfairness.

** How would it work? What would it be like?


   I thought about having a Jitsi room (libre conference system that
   runs on your browser, same one used in FOSDEM) [2] where people can
   just join and take part of the meetup. Jitsi allows for moderation
   too, so that speakers can talk without getting interrupted and it
   has a built in chat too.

   So, what could be discussed? Here is a short list of ideas that I
   - Monthly news: new releases, milestones, etc.
   - Presentations: attendees may want to present their work or do a
     demonstration. They may also want to have a discussion about a
     specific topic (for example, the use of Ada 2022 features).
   - General libre software coordination: improvements to tools,
     feedback, questions, past goals discussion, etc
   - General Q&A related to Ada and open to everybody.
   - Finally, a beer.

   I think this could take place between 30 min to 2 hours, depending
   on the load of that day. Presentations would obviously be much more
   casual and easy when compared to an actual conference.

** Potential issues

   1. Not enough interest.
   2. Timezones! Users are mostly concentrated in Asia-Pacific/EU/USA,
      which makes coordination an absolute pain. A compromise could be
      found, or a different schedule each month in such a way that
      everybody benefits (and gets skrewed) equally.
   3. Organisation: there needs to be a main organiser and a second in
      1. There also needs to be a medium in which to spread the
         word. C.L.A is a good starting point, but may not reach the
         wider community. It could be announced everywhere every
         month, but that is a tedious task.

** Feedback

   I have probably said enough, even if not everything has been
   said. So I would like to ask for your feedback and specially know
   if you would be interested.

   Thank you for your time,

** References


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2022-04-26 19:59 Ada Monthly Meeting proposal Fernando Oleo Blanco
2022-04-27  9:18 ` AdaMagica
2022-04-27 10:34   ` Maxim Reznik
2022-04-27 18:17   ` Fernando Oleo Blanco
2022-04-28 20:41     ` yossep Binyoum
2022-04-27 12:57 ` Anton F.
2022-04-29 14:38 ` Stéphane Rivière
2022-04-29 18:29 ` Stephen Leake
2022-04-30  4:04   ` Maxim Reznik
2022-04-30 13:57 ` Ada Forge
2022-04-30 16:33   ` Rod Kay
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2022-09-01  8:35         ` Fernando Oleo Blanco
2022-04-30 17:01   ` Luke A. Guest
2023-05-10 15:39 ` Fernando Oleo Blanco
2023-05-10 19:26   ` Simon Wright
2023-05-10 19:41   ` Jeffrey R.Carter
2023-05-10 19:47   ` Ben Bacarisse
2023-05-11 18:12     ` Fernando Oleo Blanco
2023-05-16  1:19   ` A.J.
2023-05-25 17:35     ` Fernando Oleo Blanco
2023-05-25 20:22       ` Keith Thompson

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