Coding Demi-god


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┬áRuby 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. ­čÖé




Sabbatical from Ruby


So we’ve taken a brief sabbatical from ruby coding to plunge into HTML and CSS. I completely understand this from having some frontend experience but there are always tips, trick, shortcuts, and things to learn. We are using Bootstrap and possibly even going to build using themes… I’m very interested to see how the professionals do this. ┬áThere is someone in my class that has made a 20 year career as a frontend developer. I have struggled with themes in the past finding the right one that does not require me to keep hacking away at it can be a challenge and I’ve often wondered whether or not I should even bother using them. This part of the bootcamp is much more intuitive for me but I understand the value of being a full stack developer, this is what I am aiming for…

Which is why I am taking full advantage of this Memorial Day break to learn even more Ruby. I never completed my Connect Four game and am quite sad about that…. I get completely lost in the syntax. At the end of this bootcamp if I am not completely confident in back end skills I am sure I’ll have front end mastered…so there’s that!

Found here:

Found this image on another blog sometime ago… my biggest pet peeve is falling into stereotypes… notice that the frontend developer is a woman. It might also be noted that frontend developers are paid less and considered less technical. So that honestly might be some of my motivation! That being said, they both have their pros and cons. I’m happy to know that I will have the opportunity to be either at this point.