Corey Haines Code Retreats Globally
Carl and Richard talk to Corey Haines about his global code retreat. But before the discussion starts on code retreats, Corey digs into his interest in teaching children software development using a tool called Scratch. The global code retreat was an event run on December 3 2011 around the world - 93 cities participated. Next year the goal is 200 cities, including a group in Antartica, and if all goes well, the space station too!
Corey Haines has been getting paid to develop software for over 13 years. He spent much of his professional career in the Microsoft ecosystem, until moving out of the corporate world and joining a small startup doing Ruby on Rails. After getting fired from the startup, he began a year-long journey, traveling the midwest and east coast on a pair-programming tour, spending anywhere from a day to a week at different places, pairing with people in exchange for room and board. While on the road, he has also focused on expanding and defining the message of the Software Craftsmanship movement, as it pertains to both professionalism and career development.
Corey has been actively engaged in practicing the Extreme Programming techniques for developing software for nearly 6 years. He has been actively following the Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) techniques since the first rumblings of it in 2005. Lately, he has been actively mentoring others in the BDD workflow, as it pertains to day-to-day engineering practices, such as TDD and executable acceptance criteria.
Nowadays, Corey is focused on collecting ideas for establishing a craftsmanship-based school of software development in the next 3-5 years.