Kata (programming)

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A code kata is an exercise in programming which helps programmers hone their skills through practice and repetition.

In 1999, the term was used by Dave Thomas, co-author of the book The Pragmatic Programmer,[1] 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).[2] Following this conference, Robert C. Martin described the concept and initial usages in his article "The Programming Dojo".[3]


  1. ^ Hunt, Andrew; Thomas, Dave (1999). The Pragmatic Programmer. Addison Wesley. ISBN 020161622X.
  2. ^ The Coder's Dojo - A Different Way to Teach and Learn Programming. XP2005 in Sheffield (UK).
  3. ^ "The Programming Dojo"

Further reading[edit]

  • Martin, Robert C. (2011). The Clean Coder: A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers. Pearson Education. ISBN 9780137081073.