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DSC_2926Today is supposed to be the longest day of the course. I'm wondering if that's realistic. We started a little later than usual because we're all feeling the stupor from sleep deprivation. But hey, you can only learn when you get out of your comfort zone.

Pair programming frenzy

Right now, we're driving out the domain model design, hitting it big time TDD style. JP spits out the tests. We're writing the implementation to them. There's a healthy competition amongst us. The first to make one test pass can check in and shouts 'Checked in!'. Designs coming out of this creative spree are going really fast.

After lunch we're given assignments in pairs. It's just more of the same, except that JP doesn't drive anymore, we're spewing the tests and the code. If anything, the coding pace is ever increasing. We're at version 284 on our subversion repository. We'll probably hit 300 by the evening. Just a few highlights of what we've been doing:

  • added extra features to our ORM
  • added extra features to our IoC container
  • continued implementing of our web application
  • refactored mercilessly
  • implemented a CI on our source
  • created a code generator for dumb reference stuff like table names and columns
  • ... and much much more

All this at an incredible pace and maintaining a high code quality. The goal is to code until you drop. And that we did except for a few excursions to the Shell Shop on the other side of the street to get us a few Red Bulls. To motivate us further, we even got our "I survived JP Boodhoo's Nothin' but .net bootcamp" T-shirt. Now, at the end of the 5th and last session, it's 2:00 AM and we've almost got 340 versions on our source control, and an 80 hour workweek under our belts. I'm really gonna have trouble getting up tomorrow.

To all the attendees

 I must say this has been an amazing experience. It's not every day that you get to meet like-minded professionals and get to hang out with them for a whole week. I met really amazing people. And I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you again. Not you JP, I've thanked you all week. I mean everyone in the team. Dirk, Björn, Björn, Thorsten, Thorsten, Stefan, Niki, Jonas, Simon, Basti, Birgit, Bavo (in no particular order). Thank you all for the great times, the awesome conversations, the disagreements, the encouragements, the sleepless coding marathons, the ... everything. I'm really going to miss you.

Have fun spreading the word and try to keep in touch.

Posted on Saturday, September 27, 2008 12:53 PM .net , Personal | Back to top

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thanks michel for your nice words. it has been a great week.
i am still in convalescence. but its getting better ;-)

keep on movin

Left by basti on Oct 02, 2008 7:24 PM

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