Here's a short post written while I'm still on a high from a superb Code Retreat at Eden Development in Winchester. I don't think I've ever been around such a passionate bunch of software people before. It was totally inspiring.
For me, it really felt like a retreat. A retreat from frameworks, from legacy code, from issue tracking, from release management. It was just tests and code. I tried 7 different approaches to the same problem with 7 different people in 6 different languages. At the end of every cycle, we deleted everything and started fresh.
The main point of this post is to give some Google Juice to the people who put the day together: the aforementioned Eden Development, everyone I worked with, Aimee and Despo who organized, and thanks to Enrique Comba Riepenhausen who provided constant challenges and guidance.