They called it the ‘CodeDojo‘ at BarCamp. In a professional sense, it’s a coding style and standards workshop. In a metaphorical sense, it’s a martial-arts training group for your code-fu.
Kata (n): a Japanese word describing detailed choreographed patterns of movements practiced either solo or in pairs.
They propose ‘Kata’ at the beginning of each meeting, and is solved appropriately according to best practices. With ‘Prepared Kata‘, a professional enlightens the attendees, step-by-step, the appropriate way to solve the problem, using TDD and BabySteps. With ‘Randori Kata‘, participants approach the board in pairs and spend 5-7 minutes solving as much of the problem as they can, often with the mentoring of the partner, then rotate out.
The next meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, April 10th, at Camden Apartments right next to Colonial and I-4 (link below).
Maybe we can offer them our lab as a meeting place. If it’s not too out of the way.