In 1999, the term was used by Dave Thomas, co-author of the book The Pragmatic Programmer, in a bow to the Japanese concept of kata in the martial arts. The concept was implemented by Laurent Bossavit and Emmanuel Gaillot who talked about it at XP2005 in Sheffield (UK). Following this conference, Robert C. Martin described the concept and initial usages in his article "The Programming Dojo".
- Hunt, Andrew; Thomas, Dave (1999). The Pragmatic Programmer. Addison Wesley. ISBN 020161622X.
- The Coder's Dojo - A Different Way to Teach and Learn Programming. XP2005 in Sheffield (UK).
- "The Programming Dojo"