After five, long years we're coming back with an old format we've all been waiting for! Coding Dojo's here.
So what is a Coding Dojo?
tl;dr: We invite you to come and learn Python by coding with us!
A Coding Dojo is a place / meeting for programmers to engage together ondeliberate practice of their craft. Expect to do Test Driven Development, PairProgramming and other practices well known from Agile development methodologiestogether with other people.
It’s meant to be fun and to help everyone improve their coding skills.
All skill levels are welcome.
In the very first minutes we will give a brief introduction explaining how the process work, with very few rules, and then we start coding.
Do not bring your computer, you don’t need it, and it would be just one more distraction in the era of smartphones and everyone always connected...
Important things to keep in mind: Continuous learning, Safe environment, No competition, Collaboration, Inclusive, Failure and redundancy, Baby steps
Objectives: Practice, Learn, Teach, Discuss based on actual code (avoid abstract conversations)
What NOT to do: Rush to finish the problem, Work on somebody’s "real life" problem, Flamewars, Compete with other participants, Have anyone in the session lost in understanding the current state of the code base
At the end of the session we conduct a retrospective to understand collectively what we’ve learned, what did we like, what could be better, etc. And after that, it’s common to spend more time together and socialize.
A bit of context
It all began with the question "why programmers do not practice?" If you look at high performance athletes, you’ll realize that they practice everyday in order to stay sharp at what they do. Think about runners, swimmers, fighters, and even chess players.
Communities of coding dojos have been formed around the world. A well known group started meeting in Paris in 2004.