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KC Ruby (and other languages!): the global day of coderetreat edition

Come and practice your programming. Learn some new things and try out something you'd never do at your day job.

What is coderetreat?

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.

Details on the website:

Specifics on what a typical coderetreat day is:


The coderetreat day consists of 5-6 sessions, each session's learnings building upon previous sessions. The morning focuses on becoming comfortable with the problem domain, breaking old habits and beginning focused self-discovery. The afternoon pushes the envelope by challenging pairs to stretch their skills and understanding of abstractions, modular design and test-driven development.


Global Day of Coderetreat joins cities across the world in coderetreat, all on the same day.

Money is to reserve your spot and will be refunded when you show up.  If you don't show up, it will be donated to some programming related cause.

Where is the Coderetreat Located?

The coderetreat will be at:

Cerner Innovation Campus
10236 Marion Park Drive, Kansas City, MO 64137

Directions into the Cerner campus:

1. From Bannister Rd, turn SOUTH onto Marion Park Dr (near the Home Depot)
2. Drive south on Marion Park Dr (you will pass by the Kansas City Police Station on your left and go under I-435)
3. Stay LEFT when you approach the security gate and tell the guard you are attending the coderetreat
4. Turn RIGHT into the first parking lot
5. Go into the building and tell the security guard you are attending the coderetreat

The coderetreat will be held in the Cafe on the 4th floor. There will be signs directing you to the Cafe.

What's for Breakfast?

Fruit, bagels, and coffee will be provided for breakfast, courtesy of Cerner.

What's for Lunch?

We'll be doing a group order from Chipotle, courtesy of Cerner.

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  • Cole

    Great meetup, was definitely worth giving up a Saturday for. Thanks for organizing this Wes. Also, I was wondering what the status was on the $20 that is coming back to to us? With the holidays coming up every little bit counts.

    December 17, 2013

    • Wes G.

      Thanks for the reminder, I sent them out.

      December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Link to 'Working Effectively with Legacy Code'

    Great and useful book, just put in your Mid-Continent Public Library card number and you're off!

    1 · December 16, 2013

    • Chad D E.

      Thanks for the link!

      December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great experience, gave me several new perspectives on how to approach design and testing. I wish to achieve that perfect balance between absolute simplicity and easily exchangeable/swappable object-oriented implementation

    December 14, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    Sorry guys, I won't be able to make it after all. I'm still dealing with the aftermath of my rollover accident earlier this week. It's mostly logistics, rather than health issues, at least.

    December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I too was sick the latter half of this week and won't be able to make it, mostly because I don't want to expose anyone to what I had.

    December 13, 2013

  • Will G.

    Sorry all, I'm really disappointed but I won't make it. I was sick for a few days this week and have some family stuff to catch up on.

    December 13, 2013

  • Jake L.

    Where can I find the location?

    December 9, 2013

    • Wes G.

      @jake: It's going to be at Cerner's campus. We'll have directions posted shortly, but it's at the 435/I49/I470 Triangle.

      December 9, 2013

    • Kevin S.

      @Jake - I just added details and directions to our location

      December 9, 2013

  • Amos K.

    Will food be provided or should I bring a lunch.

    November 20, 2013

    • Wes G.

      Still working that out!

      November 21, 2013

    • Kevin S.

      Breakfast and lunch will be provided, courtesy of Cerner. I've updated the event details with more detail

      December 9, 2013

  • Neil T.

    Is this exclusively in Ruby?

    December 2, 2013

    • Wes G.

      No, other languages are welcome and encouraged.

      1 · December 3, 2013

    • Amos K.

      Good thing you remembered the comma

      3 · December 9, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for KC Ruby (and other languages!): the global day of coderetreat edition

Refunds offered if:

  • you can cancel at least 3 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: We'll refund this fee if you show up. If you don't show up, we'll donate this fee to the Coderetreat Community Fund or another similar organization promoting programming education.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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