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I was thinking today and had a crazy idea about a virtual / completely online coding dojo. So follow me here for my “virtual tour” of what I’m thinking:

Friday rolls around, and you’re excited. Tonight marks the release of the latest project in the Virtual F# Dojo. You check the VF#D blog and find out the latest project is KataBowling. A simple enough program to write, and you’ve been looking for a reason to explore the power of F#, so you dive in.

Once you’ve got your example working, you check it into the forums by starting your solution thread and you explain what and why of your code. Maybe you decided to parse a specific way or otherwise did something you think is unique.

Saturday, you’ve got a decent working example going, so you decide to visit the Second Life event on Microsoft Island to see how others are taking the challenge. You sign in and meet up in time for the optional VF#D meeting and chat with some other smart people about how the program works, how it would compare to XYZ language, and how others did it. There are a couple people who came around to get some code help, you check back on the forums to find their help thread and see what the issue is and help them out.

At the end of the day, you’re feeling great because you’ve accomplished something. Nothing major, but you made a nice little application, you’ve learned something from those around you, and you’ve helped a fellow developer. On top of it all, you did it right from your home, and you’ve still got plenty of time to find out more about that “soccer” thing where people run aimlessly trying to kick round objects called “balls” into nets (credit to Joel on that one…)

So here’s my question. Does this sound like a decent idea to anyone? It would be a free form endeavor that you participate in as little or as much as you’d like, and in the virtual way of your choice, even though the majority would be forum driven.

Please shoot me a message or comment if you think this sounds cool or if you think this sounds dumb, or if it doesn’t agree with your definition of a dojo. I’d like to see about getting this started if others seem to like the idea and we can bolster a community for it.


Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 9:14 AM Other , User Group Stuff | Back to top

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I just found this. I am very interested in the concept of a virtual coding dojo. How did it go?

I have never used second life, but from what I've heard of it I'm not sure it would be ideal for a coding dojo. I suspect you might be better off using a news group, a distributed version control system. Maybe some kind of video conferencing system and a code review tool (maybe http:/

I suspect the biggest factors in whether a virtual coding dojo succeeds or not will be the tools used, and the participants involved.
Left by Ed Keith on Nov 01, 2009 9:54 AM

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