About this Tutorial
Programmers use coding katas to kick the tyres of their programming languages, paradigms and practices. Typically anchored in a TDD cycle, katas are simple problems that give programmers the opportunity to exercise deliberate practice and explore different approaches, whether programming style, pair programming or test-first programming.
But the simplicity can be deceptive, with many programmers tiring of these katas too soon, missing out on some of the more mind-bending and paradigm-expanding opportunities on offer.
This session will pick on a couple of katas and dig deeper into TDD, lambdas, language(s), (dys)functional programming and Alcubierre drive. It will present code in a variety of languages, highlight the weaknesses of some common mantras, play around with ideas - and blend code, humour and general nerdiness to be both an enjoyable and educational session.
About the Speaker
Kevlin Henney is an independent consultant, speaker, writer and trainer. His development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process.
He has contributed to open- and closed-source development, has been a columnist for a number of magazines and sites and has been on far too many committees (it has been said that "a committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled").
He is the co-author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and On Patterns and Pattern Languages (2 volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series), and the editor of The 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. He lives in Bristol and online.