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    • Katas, Contests and Coding Dojos Kerry Buckley, 1 October 2010
    • What is a Kata?
    • kata noun a system of individual training exercises for practitioners of karate and other martial arts. • ( pl. same or katas) an individual exercise of this kind. ORIGIN Japanese.
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/genista/310475897
    • But what does that have to do with software?
    • Coding Katas
    • Kata Styles
    • ‘Prag’ Dave Thomas • Simple problems • Many correct solutions • Different each time • Learn by experimentation
    • ‘Uncle’ Bob Martin • Copy a master • Follow forms precisely • Learn by repetition • Aim for perfect performance
    • Katas can help… • To ingrain good habits (TDD, refactoring) • When learning a new language • Master your editor or IDE • Stop you forgetting the basics
    • codekata.pragprog.com
    • codingkata.org
    • www.katacasts.com
    • Coding Dojos
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedromenezes/4146050594
    • Code Retreat
    • http://picasaweb.google.com/coreyhaines/CodeRetreatChicago#5383234997317010050
    • And if I catch you writing the code before the test again, I’ll give you a chinese burn on the other arm too. http://picasaweb.google.com/coreyhaines/CodeRetreatChicago#5383234997317010050
    • Contests and Sparring
    • Demo: Prime Factors