I survived an adrenaline and nerve filled day. The showcase of our capstone projects at Anyone Can Learn to Code. The entire room was quite a buzz the whole 2.5 hours. I received so much positive feedback and interest in my application/site – it was great!
If you have been following along and reading this blog I think you deserve the first look at my screencast promoting my capstone project – ‘Volunteer Management System’…. yes I know, I know I need a snazzy name and I’m working on it. I’m very open to suggestions. So if anyone views this screencast and has some naming ideas please share! I’m very open to suggestions at this point.
I honestly was so focused on the logic and functionality of my site I didn’t even consider the marketability factor which some think is really high… so huzzah! Although I am quite proud of my accomplishment completing this course I am well aware of how much I have to learn. It is my hope that my coding skills will continue to grow and that I am provided with the opportunities to evolve into a capable developer.
I received the best compliment of the year very recently from one of the awesome TAs @ACLTC. While assisting me with my feeble attempt to implement an Angular directive in my code he pointed out the reason I wasn’t getting it was because I was thinking in Ruby but needed to code in Angular.
I’m thinking in Ruby? When did this happen? I think in RUBY?!?! THANK YOU SIR! I consider this the highest compliment I have received for the entire year. Much appreciated @kunalbhat !!!
Someone in my coding class shared this image with us – which definitely summarizes what it feels like to be a new developer:
Some days you really feel like you are really rocking out! Everything makes sense the code you are writing works on the first try, everything looks good you are just cruising along. Other days… nothing makes sense, you lose the ability to type, you feel like everyone is moving 100 times faster than you, nothing works… and you begin to question how you have made it this far into the bootcamp at all. Sometimes you just start to wonder how you’ve held down gainful employment and are raising a family with the less than average IQ you surely have… you begin to wonder if you should start getting tested for either A) Attention Deficit Disorder B) Early onset Alzheimer’s or C) All of the above. However…. you are still having fun! How is this possible? You are learning to code.
This experience has me wondering if there is anyway I can make a living just learning.. seriously. I almost get choked up at the idea. I love learning new technology and seeing how far I can go with it. This is challenging in ways you could never imagine but so rewarding. My fear is that put into a corporate setting it could suck all the life out of this experience and limit just how much you learn. I don’t have an answer to this and it may sound like wishful thinking but why not? I’ve come this far on a hope and prayer.. why not go all the way?
We are 25% complete with this course and I’ve build a somewhat functional e-commerce site built using Ruby on Rails. We’ve covered so much information – even the things I am familiar with HTML, CSS, SQL have been taught at a higher level, integrating into Rails is amazing. We’ve got quite a way to go but I can only imagine what the final results will be. So for today I feel like a coding demi-god with dog-like tendencies. 🙂