The class, taught by Calgary’s Lori Olson, was fantastic. The biggest takeaway I have is the vocabulary of programming in Ruby – something I lack in every language. I hear people use terms like “methods” and “objects”, but I don’t really Continue reading “Day Three”
Today I’m heading to Calgary for a Ladies Learning Code Course on Ruby. On the bus ride down, I decided to re-start Treehouse’s “Build a Rails App” project, to see how much I’ve gleaned from the first go-round.
The first wall I hit is that I don’t entirely understand how Rails gets installed. I currently have it functioning for work-related projects, but it seems like any time I start a new working directory, I need to re-install it. Or something. Furious googling leads me to believe that my issue relates to the Ruby version management tool I’m using. I’m only 30% clear on exactly what that means, but according to this blog post, there are two main choices for version management, rvm and rbenv. At the office, we use rbenv. Or rather, a chivalrous programmer set it up with rbenv on my behalf. Continue reading “Day Two”
I was recently forwarded this article over at Fast Company, which expressed the admittedly obvious, but still easily abandoned wisdom that the best way to get better at anything is to do it as much as possible.
“To put it into startup terms, you’re making yourself maximally iterative. To put it into hardware, the idea is to get as many cycles as possible. To put it into workout terms, the idea is to get as many reps as possible. Try fast, fail fast, learn fast.”
In some ways, this is thrilling! I can fail fast! In fact, I’d bet I can fail faster than most people! I basically fail every day, all day long, day-in, day-out! Continue reading “Embrace Quantity”