Both the web technologies space and myself are undergoing a fair bit of change right now. I’m in college learning C++’s fundamentals which I missed, and picking up on concepts in computer science I never really worried about before (order N^2, order n log n, etc.). People who are familiar with my blogging are also aware I like to understand best practices that are language agnostic (i.e. “each function should do only one core thing, and leave the rest to other functions”). I can say I’ve learned a lot of what’s from talented Mozilla contributors, but not necessarily a lot of why’s (at a level higher than specific languages).
So I’m writing to ask the Web and the programming community at large (yes, bigger than just Mozilla) where we talk amongst each other about computer science as a practice – not about specific languages, but about why we do what we do. Keep in mind I’m not referring to one-way conversations, where someone writes a blog entry (CodingHorror) or a Wikipedia article or a book (thanks, Code Simplicity, seriously), but more of a freeform discussion among professionals. Sort of like an IRC channel (with politeness), or a newsgroup, or even a meal at the local bar.
I’m experienced enough as a developer now to mentor others, but I recognize that I am not yet the Wise Bearded One. (Nor will I be in December, thank you very much.) I’d really love to find a place to hang out with other professionals in a free-form exchange of ideas. Somewhere to step into the abstract without getting too technical.