Sunday, August 17, 2008

Code Kata Quest for a Coding Dojo

In my quest to find Code Katas for an upcoming Coding Dojo at work, I searched quite a while for something suitable for our needs.

Dave Thomas' Back to the CheckOut at is good. The others there did not seem to exactly fit what we want right now. Either they were
  • too academic (often single function solutions)
  • the ramp up in explaining the problem was too high
  • or there was no coding involved in solving the Kata
The other Code Katas of Dave's may be exactly what others are looking for.

Perhaps if the Klondike one at was sectioned into several exercises, the ramp up of explaining the Kata would be manageable.

Looking elsewhere, I see has a KataCatalogue. Nothing there that seemed to fit as of this writing (August 17, 2008).

In the future, looking at something like Head First books may be promising.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Next Language Making Language?

The question is not “What’s the next language?” The question is “What is the next language making language?”

The answer: It will be a language that comes downloaded with out of the box sensible examples so you can use what is given to you right away. Yet, the language itself will easily support the creation of domain specific languages (DSL).

A search for "domain specific languages" in google results in definitions of DSL and languages that can be used for making DSLs. The results are interesting!

Clearly, the demand for new languages is always there. Trying to model something new using an old programming language is sometimes like eating yesterday's breakfast.

Wanting to write in a way which is powerful yet expressive and clear is the foundation for new languages. Demanding a language which supports your domain and how you want to express yourself will always exist!

So, keep your eyes open. Explore. Share the results!