Past Meetup

Code Craftsman Saturdays - GLOBAL Day of CodeRETREAT

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301 E. Liberty floor 7 · Ann Arbor, MI

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7th floor, Corner of E. Liberty and s 5th Ave.

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Also see the Dearborn event at

Code Craftsman Saturdays is a monthly workshop, BUT THIS ONE IS SPECIAL - It's an annual celebration of code craftsmanship that's GLOBAL in scale. (
• Are you into software and looking for ways to improve your craft?
• Do you wish to connect with others with the same goals?
• Don't get the chance to practice pairing or test driving with TDD?
• Would you like to explore new languages or frameworks?
• Looking for how to find the time to deliberately practice coding?
• Would you like to work (play) for a day with others who have similar interests and needs?

If you said yes to any of the above then 2018 GLOBAL Day of Code Retreat punches all of those buttons! (

GDCR is a free event for developers that is truly global, run annually, and organized in local communities by volunteers. This year's GDCR 2018 in Ann Arbor will be the 5th year in a row hosted by Pillar Technology and Code Craftsman Saturdays. On November 17th, this a free event is open to anyone with a passion for developing, or learning how to develop high quality software. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided by our host and sponsor Pillar Technology.

• Fill a room with developers from diverse backgrounds
• Start with an interesting programming problem: Conway's Game of Life.
• Over the day, work with different partners to discuss and solve the problem in lots of different ways.
• Use pair programming and TDD to implement your solutions.

SCHEDULE (approximate):
8 - 8:45am : Check-in, coffee/breakfast, mingling
8:45 - 9am : Welcome, introductions, briefing
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

Pillar Technology is sponsoring both the space and the food, so that we can focus on honing our skills and building quality code! So all you need to bring is an insatiable desire to practice your software crafting skills (and your laptop and power supply). If you have a favorite set of development tools or a favorite test framework(s), make sure they're installed. That said, no stack will ALSO be just fine: we use Cyber-Dojo a LOT (

For the first year ever there will two Global Day events in Michigan. Also see the Dearborn event:

It's not required, but some people like to learn a little bit about Conway's Game of Life (GoL) before the GDCR. Conway's GoL has four simple rules (, but the result of those rules can appear fascinatingly complex. There are lots of online resources that are only a search away, but Wikipedia's entry ( and's Wiki ( are both good places to start.

In the tradition of learning from others how they approached a problem, you might want to look at RosettaCode's l-o-n-g list of GOL solutions:

Multilevel parking is free all day on the weekends at the Washtenaw County Courthouse on the corner of E Ann St and 4th Avenue; entrance is on Ann St. There is also paid parking in the Library Lane parking garage across E Liberty St.

For more info information on the Global Day of Code Retreat visit: