Monthly Archives: April 2011

First #CodingDojo in Ha Noi

This is the announcement for the first #CodingDojo in Ha Noi by Serge Stinckwich !

#CodingDojo session was first invented in Paris in 2004 by the XP (eXtreme Programming) community. The aim of these sessions is to enhance the coding skills of attendees by doing some very small exercices in a funny atmosphere. This is like when you want to practice a sport like Judo, you need to practice some basic exercices with some judo masters before doing serious business like competitions. There are usually two styles of exercices :

  • Kata prepared by someone before the session and executed in front of the public or
  • Randori, a more exploraty form of a Kata where the whole group participates.

More information are available here:

Ha Noi #CodingDojo Organizers: Dương “Yang” Hà Nguyễn + Serge Stinckwich

Location: CNF Hanoi, Viện Tin học Pháp ngữ (IFI), ngõ 42 Tạ Quang Bửu, quận Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội

Schedule: Saturday, April 16th 2011 2pm => 4pm

Program of the first session (we will follow the same format than the
#CodingDojo from Paris):

  1. 5 min: Select the frequency and the date of the next #CodingDojo
  2. 20-30 min: Presentation of what is a #CodingDojo (Serge) – For the next session, this time slot will be used to do a retrospective of the previous session (what went well, what was interesting, what was frustrating).
  3. 10 min: Decide on a topic for this session
  4. 40 min: code (Kata or Randori)
  5. 5-10 min: Mid-session break to discuss how things are going
  6. 40 min: code (Kata or Randori)

The sessions will be completely language agnostic. The programming languages chosen at each session will depend of the attendees.

At the moment, the organizers know about (in no particular order) : 1) Python 2) Ruby 3) Smalltalk 4) Common/Lisp 5) Clojure 6) Java

More exotic programming languages like Haskell, Brainfuck, Scala, Lua, … are welcome. This is not really a big deal if not all the people don’t know the programming language of the session, but you may notice that a #CodingDojo is not a good place to learn a new language. The goal is to learn how to better program not to do some proselytism (mine language is better than yours). We need people who knows about these languages in order to conduct sessions. What is also particulary important if you want to organize a Kata or Randori, is to know how to write unit tests with these languages.

More information about the philosophy behind a #CodingDojo are available here:

and here:

PS : As this is the first session and we lacking some experiences about this kind of event, we want to know before saturday the people who want to come. There is no prerequisite regarding programming languages or knowledge, but you need to sufficiently proficient in programming and knows a little bit about object-oriented programming. We expect that more elaborate sessions will be organized in the future and we will discuss about the frequency of the #CodingDojo
during the first session.