Last week I was having dinner with Ashley and got the full scoop. She'd taken aside a group of folks, quickly presented some Rust basics, and then let them loose on the Rust exercises. The participants totally got into solving the problems, and then at the end of the workshop she told them they could submit the exercises to Exercism and see how other people had solved the same problems, and they got super excited.
In Los Angeles, USA Machiko Yasuda and Kit Pearson have been running meetup sessions where people get together and pair program, often using Exercism exercises as the basis.
last night our @exercism_io pair programming team had a big milestone:
=> 62 members in 6 months
=> 339 exercises submitted
=> 13 languages
They've put together some resources for how to run an Exercism pairing meetup, which you can read in their fullstackla/pairing-meetup repository.
There are other meetups that have used Exercism at least once (as spotted on twitter):
It's pretty cool to see how many people are having success learning, teaching, and mentoring.
Many thanks go out to both the people who introduce Exercism to other people, as well as all the amazing contributors who submit issues, review pull requests, help figure out how to improve the curriculum, and who help provide feedback on the solutions on the site.