Edit: the book club reached 1,000 members in a day (and growing) and in addition to the club, we're now hosting community events that are free and open to developers of all experience levels. Join the discord below or follow our Twitter account to attend an event.
So... why should you join?
Here are the next steps if you're interested in joining the club:
- Join the discord. If the link is not working for whatever reason, comment below or message me on Twitter and I'll send you the link again.
- Vote for what time you'd like the club to meet at. The club will meet on Sundays but the time chosen will be based on attendees availability. Once you join the discord, you'll find the pinned poll to vote on a time.
- Introduce yourself in the discord, and start reading chapter 1.
- Remember that you don't need to attend every meeting! Just make it when you can.
If you're still thinking of joining but would like more details, here's some more info on the book club.
When you think of a book club, you usually think of people meeting to discuss a book. Instead of only having discussions, our book club will have themes to each week so we can actively learn together. We'll alternate between discussion week and teach week.
For discussion week, we’ll break up into small groups and each person will share either one thing they learned and a comment or question they have on it, or one thing they struggled with in the chapter. This will give us the opportunity to learn from each other and share our takeaways or struggles with the chapter. For discussion weeks, you'll just need to read the chapter and come up with a comment or question before the meeting.
For teach week, you read the current chapter and then explain just 1 thing you learned from that chapter with a small demo. On the call, we’ll break up into small groups of 5 and present our demos to each other. Each demo can be presented in 4-6 minutes with a minute or two for questions or more comments. This will allow us to practice our coding by creating a demo of what we learned, and cement our learning as we teach it to others.
You might be thinking... OMG! A demo? No way! That's scary and might be a lot of work.
Okay, hold on. The point of the book club is to have a free, friendly and low-pressure place to learn JS with others. We also want to make the book club as valuable to you as possible. And a great way to learn is to teach others what you learned. This will cement your understanding of what you learned.
Our teach week meetings will never be about pouring hours into creating a fancy demo, or about doing scary presentations. Our teach week meeting will be about taking just 1 thing you learned from the current chapter and briefly explaining it in a few sentences or a few lines of code. Or even just one sentence, or one line of code! Did you learn how to createn a object? Share it in a sentence! Did you learn the difference between const and let? Share it!
By taking turns sharing what we learn, we'll gain a better understanding of what we're learning. For our teach week call, you can come to the call with a small demo (such as a line or two of code on Repl.it) and explain what that code means to others. Or if you'd like, simply grab a bit of code or a concept straight from the chapter and explain it to. For teach week, you'll read the current chapter and then pick a concept or idea from the chapter that you'll (briefly!) explain to your fellow book club attendees.
There is no obligation to attend the book club every week. If you can’t make it one week, simply catch up on reading and join us the next week. I've also added a doc with more details on the club.
If you have any questions, comment below in the comments section or head to our Discord and ask us there.
I look forward to seeing you in the club!