Code Retreat

Coderetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. By providing developers the opportunity to take part in focused practice, away from the pressures of 'getting things done', the coderetreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement. Practicing the basic principles of modular and object-oriented design, developers can improve their ability to write code that minimizes the cost of change over time.


Coderetreat has an established, time-tested format that is optimized for focused practice.

  • Problem:  Conway's Game of Life
  • Length of Session: 45 minutes
  • Duration: 8.30am to 5 or 6pm
  • Pair-programming is necessary, as the knowledge transfer contained in that activity is essential to the practice
  • Prefer using Test-Driven Development (TDD)
  • After each session, pairs should be swapped
  • After each session, code must be deleted, not put in a branch, not stashed, just deleted with no trace left


8.00 - 8.45am : arrival, coffee/breakfast

8.45 - 9.00am : welcome, introductions, explanation of the problem

9.00 - 9.45am : Session #1

9.45 - 10.00am : retrospective, break

10.00 - 10.45am : Session #2

10.45 - 11.00am : retrospective, break

11.00 - 11.45am : Session #3

11.45 - 12.00pm : retrospective, break

12.00 - 1.30pm : lunch, socializing

1.30 - 2.15pm : Session #4

2.15 - 2.30pm : retrospective, break

2.30 - 3.15pm : Session #5

3.15 - 3.30pm : retrospective, break

3.30 - 4.15pm : Session #6

4.15 - 4.30pm : retrospective, break

4.30 - 5.00pm : Closing circle

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  • Kim P.

    For the first Code Retreat to our area I thought it went very well.

    December 5, 2011

  • Joe H.

    Awesome coding exercises with 6 different pairs in multiple languages. A day well spent.

    December 5, 2011

  • Ryan C.

    15 was a good number. Lots of good discussion. Good first try.

    December 4, 2011

  • Matt B.

    What an awesome learning experience!

    December 4, 2011

  • Brandon S.

    I think I am free that day (may have to leave early for a family dinner), but would love to go if there are any spots left...

    November 29, 2011

  • Ryan C.

    Working on it Kevin... Thanks.

    September 2, 2011

  • kevin z.

    I guess this is a pun on Code retreat? Would be nice to have a description of the meetup.

    September 2, 2011

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