Let's Dojo!

Topic: This month we're going to try something different -- Let's Dojo! A coding dojo is a hands-on coding session with no presentation. Seating space is limited.

ALT.NET is all about mastering the craft of software development. We care about the quality of our work and regularly practice and improve our programming skills, share what we know and learn new things from others. A coding dojo creates a safe environment which is collaborative, inclusive, and non-competitive where beginner and experienced developers can continuously learn and practice their craft without the day to day pressures of their work environment. This is the place for you to try new things like practicing TDD or learning a new language.

In this dojo, we will pair up and practice on a kata with a focus on solving the exercise using pair programming, test-driven development, clean code and refactoring. It's a lot easier than you might think and you are free to choose the programming language of your choice. Just come with your laptop equipped with your favorite programming and automated unit testing environment. Be prepared to pair up, learn, share and have fun!

When: Tuesday, March 11th at 6:30 pm (See Agenda Below)

Where: The NRECA Building, P1 conference room CC4/5

4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington -- Near the Balston Mall and Metro

Cost: Free, thanks to our sponsors

Sponsors: Thank you to our main sponsors: NRECA for hosting our meetings, The Motley Fool for providing pizza and refreshments, and Excella Consulting for paying the organizing fees.

Agenda: 6:30 – 7:00 Arrive, mingle, eat pizza, network with others, and hear some brief announcements

7:00 – 8:30 Let's Dojo!

8:30 – 9:00 Wrap-up

Can't make it this month? We meet approximately every other month, the second Tuesday of the month. So if you can't make it this month, hopefully we'll see you at the next meetup. Also, if you have an idea, game, workshop, or story to share with the group, then please contact the organizer to setup a presentation for a future meeting.

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  • Stephen R.

    If you liked the coding dojo, TDD, and pair programming, the DC Software Craftsmanship group holds a coding dojo every month in Arlington. Join them through Meetup!

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • Carl G.

    This was great. I had read about ping-pong programming but hadn't tried it on a team. Conversations with others familiar with the usual hiccups was invaluable.

    March 12, 2014

  • Nevin H.

    A more fun way to practice TDD I can't imagine

    March 12, 2014

  • Smik L.

    Thanks to everyone who showed up (and to Stephen, NRECA, The Motley Fool and Excella Consulting for setting the event up, hosting it, and providing the food and drinks)! Really enjoyed working with Cyber Dojo and all the discussion surrounding TDD - very valuable insight for someone who's been in the industry for only a few years.

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Stephen R.

    Look for the "IT Recruiting" signs.

    March 11, 2014

  • Stephen R.

    Please note that we'll be meeting at NRECA's conference room CC4/5 on P1 level. Just take the main elevators down one level and follow signs to CC4/5.

    March 11, 2014

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