Have you ever come across the concept of a Code Kata?
For me it really took off after reading blog posts (1, 2, 3) by Unce Bob Martin and Pragmatic Programmer Dave Thomas. The concept is really simple: how can we, as programmers, better our selves and improve our techniques and proficiency in using the tools and processes in our every day work?
The suggested solution is inspired by the martial arts kata. You learn how to implement a solution to a specific problem and you practice all the moves in the exact same order over and over again. The point is that you should know the moves so well that you forget about them and focus on improving your key strokes and the use of your tool set. The never ending goal is to perform the kata with the least amount of key strokes.
The promise is that practicing these kata's often and regularly makes you a better and more productive programmer in that you are trained to act instinctively in certain reoccurring situations.
Calculator kata cast
Anyway, I've been practicing a kata based on a problem initiated by Roy Osherove and I decided to record it to get some feedback and maybe spread some knowledge on how I practice Test-driven development using ReSharper.
Calculator Code Kata Cast 1 from Rickard Nilsson on Vimeo.