Past Meetup

Global Day of Code Retreat 2018

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Red Gate Software, Cambridge

Newnham House Cambridge Business Park Cambridge, CB4 0WZ · Cambridge

How to find us

Red Gate is located on the Cambridge Business Park off Milton Road. Turn into the Business Park opposite the entrance to the Science Park and follow the road further into the Business Park until you see Red Gate on the right-hand side.

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Details

We are pleased to announce our participation in the Global Day of Code Retreat 2018. Last year thousands of developers in hundreds of cities around the world participated in the Global Day of Code Retreat! This is an amazing opportunity to not only learn and share ideas, but to be part of the history of software development too.

What is a Code Retreat?

The Global Day of Code Retreat is a day-long event for developers around the world to come together and practise their craft. From the Code Retreat website (http://coderetreat.org/):

"Code Retreat 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. Practising 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."

Doors will open at 8.30am, and both breakfast and lunch will be provided over the course of the day. We will start promptly at 9.00am with a short introductory session, and the remainder of the day will be one-hour sessions of 45 minutes coding, 15 minutes retrospective, with a leisurely lunch at about 12.30pm. We'll have a couple of hook-ups with other participating cities around the world during the course of the day.

The problem to be tackled during the day will be Conway's Game of Life (http://archive.coderetreat.org/gol). TDD is the preferred methodology, and all sessions will be paired. Pairs will be swapped after each session, and the previous session's code will be deleted so that you can start afresh.

This is a great opportunity to pair with other developers, practice TDD, and be exposed to new languages and techniques. Conway's Game of Life is a fun and fascinating problem to tackle in code.

Please bring a laptop, with testing/building tools. It's ok if you do not have one, you'll be pairing all day, but it's easier if most people bring one.

Schedule

08.30 Arrival, breakfast
09.00 Welcome, introductions, explanation of the problem
09.30 Session[masked] Retrospective, break
10.30 Session[masked] Retrospective, break
11.30 Session[masked] Retrospective, break
12.30 Lunch, socialising, hangout with Germany
13.30 Session[masked] Retrospective, break
14.30 Session[masked] Retrospective, break
15.30 Session[masked] Retrospective, break
16.30 Closing circle
17.00 Close and Pub

Finding Red Gate Software

Red Gate is located on the Cambridge Business Park off Milton Road.

Coming by car? Turn into the Business Park opposite the entrance to the Science Park and follow the road further into the Business Park until you see Red Gate on the right-hand side. Parking is available on both sides of the building.

Coming by train? https://www.red-gate.com/our-company/contact-us#finding-us-by-train