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28

Nov

Yikes. Sorry for The Spam

Just fyi, there were two posts on my tumblr that were obviously spam.  Sorry about that!  Also, I have not stopped blogging =D

I have another blog about coding and my life as it is today in the works.  I’ll unveil it once I return to DevBootcCamp in late January.  I’m excited =D

30

Aug

Deferring DevBootCamp

After a month at DevBootCamp’s summer cohort, it became apparent that it would be in my best interest to defer to the Fall January cohort.  As a true newbie I simply could not keep up with the pace of the DevBootCamp summer program.

The first week of DBC we went through the basics, in hindsight I should have taken furious notes to retain the importance of covering these fundamentals.  By the second week, we had been given exercises that we were supposed to accomplish while pair programming with another student.  I must admit, I paired with students who had either an engineering background or had previous knowledge of other programming languages.  Unlike me, they were not true newbies.  Although the pairings went well, in hindsight I did not assert myself.  I would let my partners drive, while I sat back and let the information come over me and away from me.  By the end of the second week I was behind and it was too late to move forward with the rest of the pack.

My third week at DBC was spent reviewing the fundamentals while the other students learned about Test Driven Development and Rspec.  Although I was learning, I could see the group run ahead of me.

The first day of the fourth week made me shudder.  Shereef Bishay announced that we would be assessed on our Javascript knowledge on Friday and that the studies of the week would focus on Databases.  I was still processing the fundamentals!  Although I did not want to defer, the teachers made it clear to me that it would be in my best interest.  The truth is I deferred because I just did not get it.

I am now alone.  Although I have a plethora of resources to help me prepare for DevBootCamp’s fall January cohort, so many questions are bubbling up in my heart:

1.  What do I do from now until Jan 28th?

2.  Who do I go to when I hit a wall?

3.  How will I stay connected to the DBC cohorts?

4.  How can I ensure that I am truly learning?

5.  What must I do now to keep up with the pace while at DBC?

I do know some of the answers:

1.  What do I do from now until Jan 28th?

Program everyday and push it to Git. No exceptions.

2.  Who do I go to when I hit a wall?

All the people who have generously offered me help and have touched my mind as only great mentors/teachers can: Robert Fletcher, Marcus Phillips, Natasha Murashev, Michael Chen, Terrance whose last name I do not know, Steve Huffman, Alan Andrade Cestelos, my fellow boots of the DBC summer cohort, and my fellow engineers at Granicus.

3.  How will I stay connected to the DBC cohorts?

That has not proven to be a problem since I deferred from DBC in early July ‘12.  In fact, the social aspect of DBC has been a rather enjoyable distraction.  I have no fears or anxieties about staying connected with my fellow boots.  They are a loving and fun  bunch.

4.  How can I ensure that I am truly learning?

That has truly been a bitch.  My ability to focus has been SUCH AN ISSUE.

5.  What must I do now to keep up with the pace while at DBC?

I need to program 10 hours a day, 6 days a week.  It seems as if that is how it has to be.  Also, I have to make everything I do public so I stay accountable.  It’s the only way for me to stick to my pursuit.  It’s the only way.

20

Aug

How to get a job as a developer in less than 6 months

14

Aug

Interested in learning HTML/CSS?

Yesterday, Sarah Allen of Blazing Cloud sent the below email.  I will be a Teacher’s Assistant for these two classes.  If you’re interested, please sign up!  
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Hey everyone,

I thought folks on this list might be interested in our upcoming HTML/CSS classes…

1) Intro to HMTL/CSS  Monday & Wednesday, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, 9/11 & 9/13
Perhaps you have someone in your office who needs some basic HTML skills or you know (or are) an aspiring developer who needs a solid foundation before taking the advanced class.   By the end of the class, you will have a webpage formatted with best practices in HTML and CSS/

2) CSS For Web Applications 4 Sessions, Mondays, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, 9/17-10/22
CSS isn’t just for script-kiddies anymore.  This class will teach you how to make well-structured CSS using best practices that will let you control HTML effectively with JavaScript.  

The classes are taught by Sean Durham, a developer at Carbon Five, who is also routinely volunteers teaching at RailsBridge.  He is an asset to the community and I’m honored to have him teaching again at Blazing Cloud.
More details here:  http://blazingcloud.eventbrite.com/
Early bird pricing is available for just two more weeks.  Prices are quite affordable for most folks, but if the cost keeps you from being able to take the class, scholarships are available: http://bit.ly/nKUGkc
All my best,
Sarah

11

Aug

At Lodi’s public library reading a book recommended by Hunger Academy.

At Lodi’s public library reading a book recommended by Hunger Academy.

09

Aug

Impressed by fellow boot, Andrew Fowler

My teacher, Jesse Farmer, said that the secret to success is to build something valuable and share it. Props to my fellow DBC boot, Andrew Fowler, for exemplifying that.

07

Aug

Understanding the Model View Controller Pattern

Foundations of Programming: Object-Oriented Design with Simon Allardice

A great visual resource To Understand Object Oriented Design.  You’ll have to pay a membership to lynda.com to watch it, but it’s totally worth it.

06

Aug

Learning Style Quiz: http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html
I am a visual and global learner.
When I began to learn how to program, I did not know that I was this type of learner.  With so many teachers, tutorials, mentors, and resources out there to help me learn how to program it was easy to get buried and lost among all that information.  However once I recognized my learning style and OWNED my learning experience, I could tell if I was absorbing information or not.
When I am actively learning, I get a real feeling of being awake.  My mind becomes a hungry stomach, ravenous and ready to consume delicious information food.  Time flies, I am smiling, and I like to show off what I learn to those around me.  When I am not learning, I feel like a Zombie.  I get sleepy and hungry.  Sometimes cranky.  I start to disengage.  Then SNAP, I stop myself before wasting any more time not learning.
Wish me luck in finding the best visual and global resources to learn how to program!

Learning Style Quiz: http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html

I am a visual and global learner.

When I began to learn how to program, I did not know that I was this type of learner.  With so many teachers, tutorials, mentors, and resources out there to help me learn how to program it was easy to get buried and lost among all that information.  However once I recognized my learning style and OWNED my learning experience, I could tell if I was absorbing information or not.

When I am actively learning, I get a real feeling of being awake.  My mind becomes a hungry stomach, ravenous and ready to consume delicious information food.  Time flies, I am smiling, and I like to show off what I learn to those around me.  When I am not learning, I feel like a Zombie.  I get sleepy and hungry.  Sometimes cranky.  I start to disengage.  Then SNAP, I stop myself before wasting any more time not learning.

Wish me luck in finding the best visual and global resources to learn how to program!