On July 30th, we started hosting Coding Dojo São Paulo community meetings at Yahoo! Brazil's office.
For those who are not familiar with it, a Coding Dojo is a meeting where a bunch of coders get together to work on a programming challenge. They are there to have fun and to engage in deliberate practice to improve their skills. This is an awesome event at which to learn new algorithms, programming languages, and tools, and to hang out with other programming geeks.
Our first meeting had around 30 people (including an American who was visiting Brazil and wanted to participate in a Dojo). There were many proposals of problems to solve, but everybody ended up deciding to solve a simple problem (write numbers to words). This was so the many participants who didn't know the Python programming language beforehand could learn it, while also focusing on the solution. It's usually like that: you pick a more complex problem to solve in a language in which you are proficient, or you pick aRead More »from Coding Dojo São Paulo