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  • 1. Katas, Contests and Coding Dojos Kerry Buckley, 1 October 2010
  • 2. What is a Kata?
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/genista/310475897
  • 5. But what does that have to do with software?
  • 6. Coding Katas
  • 7. Kata Styles
  • 8. ‘Prag’ Dave Thomas • Simple problems • Many correct solutions • Different each time • Learn by experimentation
  • 9. ‘Uncle’ Bob Martin • Copy a master • Follow forms precisely • Learn by repetition • Aim for perfect performance
  • 10. Katas can help… • To ingrain good habits (TDD, refactoring) • When learning a new language • Master your editor or IDE • Stop you forgetting the basics
  • 11. codekata.pragprog.com
  • 12. codingkata.org
  • 13. www.katacasts.com
  • 14. Coding Dojos
  • 15. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedromenezes/4146050594
  • 16. Code Retreat
  • 17. http://picasaweb.google.com/coreyhaines/CodeRetreatChicago#5383234997317010050
  • 18. 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
  • 19. Contests and Sparring
  • 20. Demo: Prime Factors