We are having a code retreat on Friday November 15th. Please send me your name and email here: https://bernardic.ca/contact/ . You can just say “Code Retreat” in the message, or write me a longer message with some information about you. I look forward to spending the day with you.
From the Code Retreat Website:
A code retreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design, away from the pressures of ‘getting things done’
At a code retreat, the attendees split into pairs, for 45 minute session of coding. When the 45 minutes are up, we share some learnings, pair up with a new partner and start coding from scratch again.
Conway’s Game of Life
During each of the code retreat’s 45 minute pair programming sessions, we work on a program that implements Conway’s Game of Life.
From Wikipedia article on Conway’s Game of Life:
The universe of the Game of Life is an infinite, two-dimensional orthogonal grid of square cells, each of which is in one of two possible states, alive or dead, (or populated and unpopulated, respectively). Every cell interacts with its eight neighbours, which are the cells that are horizontally, vertically, or diagonally adjacent. At each step in time, the following transitions occur:
- Any live cell with fewer than two live neighbours dies, as if by underpopulation.
- Any live cell with two or three live neighbours lives on to the next generation.
- Any live cell with more than three live neighbours dies, as if by overpopulation.
- Any dead cell with exactly three live neighbours becomes a live cell, as if by reproduction.
The initial pattern constitutes the seed of the system. The first generation is created by applying the above rules simultaneously to every cell in the seed; births and deaths occur simultaneously, and the discrete moment at which this happens is sometimes called a tick. Each generation is a pure function of the preceding one. The rules continue to be applied repeatedly to create further generations.
Global Day of Code Retreat
Every year the GDCR organization sets a date for the global day of code retreat, which gives us an opportunity to make a local event out of it. During this day developers around the world get together with others in their communities and learn and practice their craft.
Winnipeg Code Retreat 2019
We will have the code retreat on November 15th, a Friday, to encourage employers to provide professional development opportunities to their employees during work hours. If this sounds like something you’d like to try, contact me to let me know.
The location is not yet decided. I will follow up with you closer to the event to tell you where to come and at what time. I have a couple of options for location and I will decide where to hold the event based on the number of people attending.