Katas, Contests and Coding Dojos

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Katas, Contests and Coding Dojos

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

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