The lecturers at the Durban University of Technology are really doing amazing work at getting their students ahead of the rest. On the 9th of June 2012, a coding day was held, where industry experts were invited to pair up with students and show them what TDD is all about.
The day started off with Carlo outlining the problem and giving us an overview of how the day would progress. The problem that we needed to solve was to code a tennis scoring system. The day was separated into 3 different sessions.
1. Get to know the problem (attempt to solve the problem in any way possible)
2. TDD Session (timed boxed to 4 to 5 minutes)
3. TDD Session (time boxed ping-pong 4 – 5 minutes with constraints)
The students whoever would not be alone, but would be armed with the help of the industry experts at their side to guide them along the way.
The students started off very shy and scared, but later climbed out of their boxes and realizing the value of what we were trying to show and teach them. Rohland from Clyral gave a nice talk on how design patterns can give you an edge and how TDD has helped them at Clyral. Brett Powel from Chilisoft gave a keynote on how to start off with TDD.
Mark Pearl from Driven Software was also there to interview(“interrogate”).
All around it was great catching up with some of the developers from the community. I just want to give a big shout out to the Durban University of Technology for really trying to give their students exposure to new things and to increase their skillset.Read More