Let's Go Bowling!

Learning something new? Try bowling with it...

August 2, 2021

I was first introduced to the "Bowling Game" kata/exercise in "Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C#" (by Robert and Micah Martin), which I read more than 10 years ago. Chapter 6 of that book is a 40+ page programming episode presented in dialog between two programmers using TDD to implement an algorithm for scoring a bowling game. Robert Martin has used it to teach TDD ever since. I was drawn to the exercise as a way to begin learning new programming languages or new approaches to testing. Here are a few previous renditions:

I'm currently learning Clojure (a functional language descended from Lisp that runs on the JVM) so I took yet another stab at the "Bowling Game" today: