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Upcoming Remote Pair Programming Talk at the Atlanta Ruby Users' Group


Update: This presentation to the Atlanta Ruby Users’ Group turned out great with excellent audience participation. For the slides and the 48 minute video, including 17 minutes of Q&A, see Why & How We Remote Pair Program (2013).

Brandon and I are giving a talk about how and why we do remote pair programming when he lives in Nashville, TN, and I live in Johns Creek, GA (a 416 mile round trip) on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at the Atlanta Ruby Users’ Group (ATLRUG).

We will talk about the tools and gear that we use, including what’s in my current setup, pictured here:

Frank's Latest Remote Pair Programming Setup

The ATLRUG is open to the public and we would love if you could make it out to the event! The schedule is:

  • 6:30-7:00 Food / Networking
  • 7:15 until ~9:00: Presentations

If you cannot make it, the talk will appear along with the other ATLRUG presentations on the Atlanta Ruby Users’ Group YouTube Playlist.

For us, the major pros have been:

  • Accountability, Intensity, Focus
  • Knowledge Transfer, Shared Learning
  • Combined Knowledge, Problem-solving
  • Rapport > Competition
  • Solving problems > Egos
  • Continual Code Review

There have also been some challenges, which I will save for the talk on Wednesday!

In the mean time, Joe Moore, of Pivotal Labs, runs an excellent website dedicated to all things related to remote pair programming. Check it out!

About Frank Rietta

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Frank Rietta is specialized in working with startups, new Internet businesses, and in developing with the Ruby on Rails platform to build scalable businesses. He is a computer scientist with a Masters in Information Security from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He teaches about security topics and is a contributor to the security chapter of the 7th edition of the "Fundamentals of Database Systems" textbook published by Addison-Wesley.