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APAC Day of Coderetreat on Jun 13

As you may know, software craftsman and coderetreat culture is much weaker in APAC (Especially in China) than US and Europe. So, I got an idea to organize a day event of coderetreat (like GDCR) to promote that culture. After I talked to other GDCR organisers in China and Asia, the idea was accepted quite well. Then, the date was set at Jun 13 (Saturday).

We now have 14 cities registered for this event and I created a map …


Added by Joseph Yao on June 12, 2015 at 2:31am — No Comments

Coderetreat: The toughest constraint

Ask the attendees what they want

During the Global Day of Coderetreat 2014 (GDCR) I facilitated the event in Turku, Helsinki. That is when I presented the toughest constraint ever in any coderetreats I facilitated until now.

Since I have a lot of constraints in the list, some time ago I started to ask the attendees how difficult would they want the constraints to be. I am asking them on scale from 1 to 5, 1 being boring, and 5 being…


Added by Adi Bolboaca on November 19, 2014 at 7:58am — No Comments

Vote for the best coderetreat logo!

A few days ago, we announced that the community is going to help choose a coderetreat logo as part of the Global Day of Coderetreat.

It is now time to vote! You can vote by visiting:

The form allows you to rate each logo and provide comments…


Added by Jim Hurne on November 14, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Help Us Choose a Coderetreat Logo!

Our community needs a logo! A good logo will help people recognize events and artifacts created by the coderetreat community. A good logo will help our community to grow, both in size and stability.

We would like to involve the community in the process. Starting this Saturday, as part of the Global Day of Codereteat, we are going to choose a coderetreat logo.

I am very excited to announce that…


Added by Jim Hurne on November 11, 2014 at 1:16am — No Comments

What Happened to the Coderetreat Logo

In September, we started to roll out a new coderetreat logo for our community. Some of you may have noticed that the logo started to disappear last week. This is because we made an honest mistake.

Last week, we learned that the coderetreat logo was strikingly similar to Polyglot Programming, Inc’s logo. The similarity was entirely accidental, but it was problematic for both Polyglot Programming and our…


Added by Jim Hurne on November 11, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

CoderDojo and the Global Day of Coderetreat

In the original announcement, we mentioned that the Global Day of Coderetreat 2014 will support CoderDojo.  However, we did not provide a lot of details.

When Corey announced the very first Global Day of Coderetreat, he had something bigger in mind than getting a bunch of geeks together all over the world for a day of…


Added by Jim Hurne on October 12, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

GDCR 2014 Needs a Visual Designer!

UPDATE: Several volunteers have stepped up to help us with the website and the media pack. Thanks!


If you have ever visited the Global Day of Coderetreat event website, then you know how ugly it is. All our previous attempts to improve the site have not worked out. We ran a website design contest last year but we only received one entry.

We are…


Added by Jim Hurne on July 31, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

Global Day of Coderetreat 2014

We are very excited to announce this year's Global Day of Coderetreat!

On Saturday, November 15th, 2014, thousands of developers all over the globe will join us to honor our craft, share knowledge, and practice by “playing our instruments behind the scenes” to learn from each other.

Last year, over 170 Coderetreats and more than 5,000 registered participants all over the globe joined us for the Global Day of Coderetreat. This year we expect even…


Added by Jim Hurne on July 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Revisiting Rescue Refactoring

For our March event we returned to Cyber-Dojo and discovered a very useful feature on Emily Bache's Refactoring Katas on Github. Way down at the bottom of each kata's explanation is a set of links (one for each of several languages) that create a new…


Added by Bob Allen @CuriousAgilist on March 8, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Randori Fish-bowl Experiment

For the first of our monthly code retreats, we had 6 brave soles who were not deterred by snowmagedon. At this event, we experimented with a Randori fish-bowl for the first time. Here's what we did:

Three chairs are setup at a small table with a shared laptop connected to the overhead projector. After an initial pair volunteered to start us off, the remainder of…


Added by Bob Allen @CuriousAgilist on February 24, 2014 at 2:54am — No Comments

Thirty Developers And a Game of Life – GDCR 2013 in Wrocław

The Global Day of Coderetreat concluded on 14 December 2013. Programming communities all over the world have managed to set a new record – this year’s workshops were concurrently held in 180 cities! And how did the Wroclaw edition look like in comparison? Find out in our small summary.

“Thirty coders walk into a room” – this sounds almost like a beginning of a joke. But in reality, it was a beginning of the free Coderetreat workshop that has happened last…


Added by Jarosław Stadnicki on December 25, 2013 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Facilitating the Global Day of Coderetreat 2013 in Amsterdam

On the 14th of December 2013 - the Global Day of Coderetreat was held at ZilverlineI have experience with coderetreats and also organised one at the 7th of january in 2012, and the …


Added by Stefan Hendriks on December 20, 2013 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Why the Global Day of Coderetreat Matters

Why does the Global Day of Coderetreat matter?

Seriously. Oh sure, today, thousands of developers in hundreds of cities across almost every continent are practicing writing code together. That is cool and all, but why should anyone care?

Because practicing our craft is important. We write the software that runs the world. Literally. We need to be good at what we do. The world depends on it. Coderetreat has…


Added by Jim Hurne on December 13, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Delete Your Code Video Contest

Do you remember the Delete Your Code!…


Added by Jim Hurne on October 7, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Thank you Emily for The Legacy Code Retreat Collection

In 2012, Emily Bache started a collection on GitHub of three katas specifically selected for use in a Legacy Code Retreat (Tennis, Yahtzee, and Gilded Rose) and invited others to contribute, and contribute they did. The result, in at least 5 languages, can be found here.  Although that work included links over to Cyber-Dojo, those links no longer work. 

So, I re-ported the work over to Cyber-Dojo, added…


Added by Bob Allen @CuriousAgilist on October 6, 2013 at 5:33am — 1 Comment

Coderetretreat About Page Contest!

Have you ever visited the coderetreat about page…


Added by Jim Hurne on September 11, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Global Day of Coderetreat 2013

A Day Like No Other, Global Day of Coderetreat

I'm happy to announce this year's Global Day of Coderetreat will be held on Saturday, December 14th, 2013!

Last year, on December 8th, 2012, over 2000 developers in 150 cities through 20 time zones dedicated the day to practicing their craft during the Global Day of Coderetreat 2012. Video calls traversed the globe as groups linked to say hello to other cities and…


Added by Jim Hurne on August 26, 2013 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

The History of "Brutal Refactoring Game"

Last year I was thinking about a session during which attendees would learn how to focus on refactoring. I had some thoughts about this: we would need a list of coding smells, and have some cards to give the attendees that had that coding smells in their code. Now the obvious question was: how can you have coding smells if you do not have a code base? I thought about it, and then I figured it out: during coderetreats I anyway see legacy code after 10-15 minutes. So if this session would take…


Added by Adi Bolboaca on May 17, 2013 at 7:26am — No Comments

Taking Baby Steps

I wrote a post on the history of Taking Baby Steps, you can read it here.

Now I would like to tell you more about the workshop and the technique itself. While coding, for me it is very important to be focused on one idea. Why? Because this is how programmer mistakes appear in the code; some people tell them bugs. The other thing I am interested in is to have an undo button…


Added by Adi Bolboaca on March 11, 2013 at 9:21am — No Comments

Facilitators note on coderetreat in Joensuu

I wrote a blog post on my company site:

Facilitator's notes on coderetreat in Joensuu

Added by Aki Salmi on March 7, 2013 at 7:49pm — No Comments

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