The last 2 weeks were pretty intense, to be frank, I heard people saying how their lives just turned upside down, but to also experience this, that takes a whole person. Week 3 was pretty cool, to be honest, except when my post was due, my life just kind of fell apart, you know how it is, I don’t ever seem to have it easy, however, this time I also seem indestructible which is quite reassuring. In the middle of a personal shitstorm I powered through the week and despite week 4 being super difficult, I did not lose my hope. Week 3 was pretty much the web and making pretty and functioning things on the web that used a lot of things we learned so far, not just testing, ruby and the web but to put all this into use, understand how a request is sent, how to separate out tasks and create a model/controller set up. On week 4 this confidence we gained with finishing the tasks first time in our studies at Makers (yes, finishing is not the goal, tell this to my maximalist self), so all this confidence was pretty much gone by Friday. Highlight of the week was however some Magic! But back to week 4, we were pretty much thrown into deep water again, building even more complex things, with login, password and co. . On the weekend we were supposed to build Twitter beta, which pretty much left everybody but probably our only cohort member (who seems to know everything and his ego reflects this too, not the most pleasant pair partner to be frank) shattered. Kind of like this:
So a bit scared of week 5 and what more is coming, but hell I still love coding, even more in fact. Something must be wrong with me, as despite all failings I felt code was my savior, my therapy this week. I feel I have a purpose again when I am building something, and this means just so much right now. Stay tuned, more posts are coming.
The second week pretty much just finished, and the third started without having much of a big breath in-between, to which I am more and more used to. Again, the task was, what it was (this time take away) and might have kinda completed but so many tests were missing, and had a pretty bad feeling, although spent the weekend in pry. Then today the gloomy clouds moved a bit as after review and refactoring it is kinda acceptable. But there is so much to learn. I have no idea how I can fit in reading extra books and learning logical tests for my interview on top of coding like 10 hrs a day (yes, weekend too). I started the “bible” (Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby) and I have the Design books on my list too, but I also wanted to make flash cards from concepts like how to refactor and how to write really nice code. So this is it so far, I am still enjoying it a lot, so despite being super overloaded and quite underslept I would do this again and again. This is what I love doing, and if I am happy to sacrifice some sleep for it, that is pretty much a big thing then 😀
To understand the sacrifice better, here is my spirit animal:
The first actual week is over at Makers and I’m overwhelmed with emotions and all the learning we did this week. Not only feel I super grateful for ThoughtWorks for giving me this opportunity but also that I can finally do all day what I love!! => !!_code_!!
Everyone is super sweet and helpful and this is just really heartwarming. Although I did for a year pair programming at Codebar, the experience is so much more different at Makers and I love it. I was scared how this all will turn out and how do I learn anything, but it turns out to be brilliant and super effective. I totally recommend it! Regarding code we spent the week with fizzbuzz and TDD and learning to do tests before writing code, which is still pretty hard to do sometimes. Learnt a lot about myself too, how impatient and mean I can be with myself, not appreciating that learning isn’t a race, or just about how far I got in the project but hey, I’m getting there. At the same time I feel like my brain is exploding from all the knowledge we had to shove in and morning code practice, stand ups and retros. Oh and we’ve got homework, and that is something I didn’t expect but super glad as I feel I really need to keep coding to keep this all up. So I’m sitting on a roller coaster all the time and actually loving the experience but I find myself screaming and panicking at time, however I would never get off, the ride is way to fun.
Yesterday the first week of Makers PreCourse finished and I thought I share some of my experiences. First of, it was all about git, GitHub and the command line. Second, it was o much more, as I constantly had to fix my PC (yes, coding on Windows sucks) so I lost hours meanwhile trying to finish the task. Once I sorted the tracker and whatever else I needed it was a bit easier to proceed, but I think mainly because I did loads on Github already and I was halfway done with Git Immersion, so most things were not brand new (grep was kind of unused by me so I really enjoyed it). Plus the whole thing was about investigating and that is my fav kinda thing to do, a lot like coding but in a very fun way. Started Week2 just a few hours ago and I can feel that I got this, very excited to get on the actual course and rock Ruby and JS with awesome apps soon!