I was speaking to someone the other day about test-driven development, and he used a word that was unfamiliar to me: “kata.” I had done TDD as part of my software engineering class (writing unit tests first, and then writing code to pass those tests), but had never heard of kata before.
After clarifying how to spell it, I googled the term and found the page http://codekata.com/. I was distracted by the kittens at first, but then found a little bit of interesting discussion about deliberately practicing coding in an attempt to hone ones craftsmanship.
I do view programming as a sort of craft, somewhere between an art and a science, so I found this intriguing. I decided to try my hand at one.