I have been a member of the ACCU (Wikipedia article) for a couple of months now and it’s an excellent group of helpful and knowledgeable people with two fantastic journals – CVu which is members only and Overload – and I managed to get an article printed in the January edition of CVu. It was my first printed article and I’m both extremely happy and shy about it.
The article is a direct response from the Editor Steve Love’s desire to know more about Pair Programming and so, I sent in a personal account of my experiences. If you are a member and receive CVu, please could you read it and post your comments back here for me as I would appreciate feedback.
The group mostly focus on C and C++, and although I’m a C# .Net developer by day, I felt that exposure to people in other realms is essential to the growth and rounding of a developer’s knowledge. So, despite the fact that the majority of the code related discussions go well past me, the discussions on professionalism, self improvement, team work and so on, are language agnostic and extremely enlightening.
Please, go and take a look, join their general mailing list (which is open to non-members as well as members) and consider joining.