We are pleased to announce we are participating, once again, in the Global Day of Code Retreat. This year we are organising five code retreats on 14th of December so more people can attend.
Last year we had 150+ cities (2000+ developers) around the world participating, that means, hosting and attending a code retreat on the same day. This year we are expecting around 200 cities and 3000+ developers. This is an amazing opportunity to, besides learn and share ideas, be part of the history of software development.
All Code Retreats (RSVP to just one):
• Code Retreat @ Valtech
• Code Retreat @ Pivotal Labs
• Code Retreat @ OpenTable
• Code Retreat @ Badoo
• Code Retreat @ Aspect Capital
NOTE: Please register for just one of them. Take the empty spots on different code retreats instead of adding yourself to a waiting list.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided on the day. It's an early start, so sleep well the night before to help get those brain juices flowing.
Watch our awesome video (8 mins) from GDCR 2012 for a better idea: vimeo.com/[masked]
If you don't know what a code retreat is, keep reading.
What is a 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 code retreat 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.
How does it work?
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.
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
Language: whatever the pair is comfortable with
Pair-programming is necessary, as the knowledge transfer contained in that activity is essential to the practicePrefer using Test-Driven Development (TDD)After each session, pairs should be swappedAfter each session, code must be deleted, not put in a branch, not stashed, just deleted with no trace leftTime breakdown
Below is a rough outline for the day.
8.30 - 8.45am : arrival, coffee/breakfast
8.45 - 9am : welcome, introductions, explanation of the problem
9 - 9.45am : Session #1
9.45 - 10am : retrospective, break
10 - 10.45am : Session #2
10.45 - 11am : retrospective, break
11 - 11.45am : Session #3
11.45 - 12pm : retrospective, break
12 - 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 - 5pm : Closing circle
- Video explaining the format (24 mins): http://coderetreat.org/about