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The Forge by Pillar

301 E Liberty St

#700

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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Registration is at a Pillar-Technology-provided-page for this event.

Are you a software engineer looking for ways to improve your craft?
• Are you a junior developer looking for ways to optimize your learning?
• Do you find yourself struggling with TDD?
• Do you wish to experience pair programming or find ways to improve?
• Do you wish you could find time to deliberately practice coding?
• Would you like to explore how external forces change the code you write?
• Do you wish to connect with like minded engineers?

If you said yes to any of those questions, then join us for the 2017 Global Day of Code Retreat!
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GDCR is a free event for developers that is truly global, run annually, and organized in local communities by volunteers. This year's GDCR 2017 in Ann Arbor will be the 4th year in a row hosted by Pillar Technology and Code Craftsman Saturdays. This one is on November 18th. This is a free event open to anyone with a passion for developing, or learning how to develop high quality software. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided by Pillar Technology.

Registration is at a Pillar-Technology-provided-page for this event.

Basic event format
• Fill a room with developers from diverse backgrounds
• Start with a simple programming problem: Conway's Game of Life.
• Over the day, work with different partners to discuss and solve the problem in different ways.
• Use pair programming and TDD to implement your solutions.

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Pillar Technology is sponsoring both space and food, so that we can focus on honing our skills and crafting quality code! So all you need to bring is an insatiable desire to practice your software crafting skills and your laptop (and power supply). If you have a favorite set of development tools or favorite test framework(s), make sure they're installed, but no stack will also work just fine because we use Cyber-Dojo.org, a LOT.

It's not required, but some people like to learn a little bit about Conway's Game of Life (GoL) before the GDCR. Conway's GoL has four simple rules, but the result of those rules can appear fascinatingly complex. There are lots of online resources that are only a search away, but Wikipedia's entry and ConwayLife.com's Wiki are both good places to start; if you're more of a video person, check out AlexFSmirnov's 2 min intro to GoL.

If Cellular Automata fascinate you, you likely will enjoy "Golly", an Open Source app that will get you seriously hooked on the power of "four simple rules". Not deep enough: try Life 1.05 , one of about a half-dozen formats for defining initial state, and alternatives to the original 4 simple rules.

Registration is at a Pillar-Technology-provided-page for this event.

FREE Parking
Multilevel parking is free all day on the weekends at the Washtenaw County Courthouse on the corner of E Ann St and 4th Avenue; entrance is on Ann St. There is also paid parking in the Library Lane parking garage across E Liberty St.

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For more info information on the Global Day of Code Retreat visit: http://coderetreat.org/

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