Past Meetup

Global Day of Coderetreat (GDCR) 2018

This Meetup is past

70 people went

The Forge by Pillar

580 North 4th Street · Columbus, OH

How to find us

In suite 190, on the 1st floor of The Smith Bros. Hardward Co. building at the east end of E. Goodale St., along 4th St. right off of I-670


Global Day of Coderetreat is TODAY!!! (Saturday, November 17, 2018)

In Columbus, OH at The Forge by Pillar Technology


All parking for this event must be in the REAR parking lot. To access this lot, drive north on N. Fourth Street. Immediately past the Smith Bros. Hardware Co. building, there is an entry to the rear parking lot. (It is at the end of the building but BEFORE the bridge.) Turn right (east) into the lot. All spots are available for parking. There is a stairwell located on the east side of the building. Take this to the main doors/entrance to the building.

The main doors are on the south side of the building. There will be a GDCR sign posted on the door with instructions for entry.

Join thousands of developers all over the world for a whole day of learning and practicing software development techniques like Test-Driven Development (TDD), pair/mob programming, refactoring, unit testing, and simple design.

The premise of Coderetreat is simple: As programmers, we need time away from the rigors and pressures of work to learn, practice, and get better at our craft. Practicing with other programmers enriches and enhances our learning experience.

At Coderetreat, there is no pressure to finish and deliver. We can therefore spend more time experimenting and trying to write high-quality code. The hope is that some of what we learn and practice at GDCR will carry over to our daily work, even just a little bit, and help us craft and deliver higher quality software.

We will work on one problem: Conway's Game of Life. Use any programming language you already know or pair up with other people who want to try programming in a new language. It's your choice. Beginners, intermediate, and experienced developers are all welcome. The more, the merrier!

The day will be divided into several 45-minute working sessions. In each session, you will work with one or more people. After 45 minutes, you will have a quick retrospective to discuss what you did and what you learned. Then you'll delete all our code and start the next session with different partners.

Facilitators will be there to brief you, guide you, help you work through problems if you get stuck, and give you different challenges and constraints. For example, they may ask to do Ping-Pong Pairing, or to not use any conditionals, or communicate with each other only through tests (no talking!), or to use only immutable objects, or limit methods to 4 lines of code max, and many more.

So join us and other developers all over the world for a day of deliberate perfect practice. Check out the list of GDCR events going on worldwide:

GDCR 2018 in Columbus, OH will be hosted by Pillar Technology (an Accenture company) in the Smith Bros. Hardware Co. building on N 4th St and E Goodale St, just off of I-670. Food and drinks will be provided throughout the day, including lunch.

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 #[masked] - 11am : Retrospective, break
11 - 11.45am : Session #[masked] - 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

Facilitators: Junilu Lacar, Jim McClure, Kevin Smith