Carnegie Mellon University

ISR Lunch and Learn

Do you ever write code? For research? For class? Just occasionally? Who doesn't!
Would you like to learn how to write code faster? With fewer bugs? That's more easily maintained, so you spend less time fussing over the details, and more time getting your *real* work done? Peter Story and Daniel Smullen are hosting a weekly series of "lunch and learn" events. Each Friday, we will host video lessons in a series covering a variety of software development best practices. Lunch will be provided, but only if you RSVP!

List of Topics

Access to videos hosted by Lynda are available by logging in with your CMU account.
Dates Video Series
October 3rd - November 14th 2017 Programming Foundations: Test-Driven Development
November 14th - Present Python: Programming Efficiently


Based on our experience with collaborative software projects, we have seen benefits to educating folks with a less advanced software engineering background, and reducing complacency in those with more expertise. We have seen an increase in terms of the quality of deliverables and effective collaboration when people get trained and refreshed on the basics that are often taken for granted. We think this kind of training is incredibly useful for getting new collaborators up to speed, and also helps more experienced folks sharpen their mastery of important fundamentals. The goal is to make widespread use of best practices a bigger priority - everyone will reap benefits from getting development tasks done better and smarter.

Who’s Invited? 

You are, and everyone you work with!

The events are open to all ISR graduate students, as well as all others who collaborate with us. This isn't something that is being hosted specifically by or for software engineering students. The goal is to be as inclusive as possible. Those among us who have not had the privilege of this kind of training stand to benefit the most. That means you, researchers who rarely dabble in code! Software engineering students with a more sophisticated background might only need a small refresher. You too can benefit!