CODE bootCamp in Abuja: Day 1
Although this is not my first time in boot-camp, It still felt different, finding the location was tough as I had not known the proper bus stops, It was just two bus stops with a long walk from a bridge and a very distinctive view of the green roof of the National Assembly. It is indeed a wonderful feeling to be learning how to code close to a place of power.
On getting in to the beautifully sculpted courtyard of Ventures Place where Andela scheduled the boot-camp, I felt like I was at the right place. I saw individuals around the place punching keys on their laptops, engaging in discussions already and I felt like introducing myself to everyone of them, whilst knowing I couldn’t possibly remember all their names at that time, I still did it and ended up making some memories with Chimela, Nduka Ossai, Udeme, Qudus and Ahmad, we had wonderful and cheerful discussions, they shared their experiences using other languages, notably php and it was all glamorous.
the instructors came in and we finally got to see our boot-camp facilitators in person, although Philip Newman already felt like a familiar face thanks to the videos, the others were almost an exact replica of their display pictures on Slack, it was very easy to know who is who even before they introduced themselves.
The first discussion felt like being in a “3d” version of the video links we got prior to boot-camp. I was thrilled when I made a contribution to growth mindset relating it to determination one makes when learning a new language and Philip said the analogy was quite wonderful. The technical skill session on test driven development, using Mocha and Chai frameworks was quite familiar and the surprise on everyone’s face when we were told we had to learn the Jasmine framework and submit a work on it was scary. During the introduction to version control and git, Philip mentioned lunch and my mind now began to wander again, It was then I realised I had not eaten anything since morning, I had been running on the energy of excitement and the thought of lunch made my stomach eager to grab what it could before the excitement kicks back in. Giving that just 25 persons where there, I didn’t expect a variation in the meal, but It seems Andela is always out to impress, my most important take home cue from the day, although I played safe by going with rice, because Restroom breaks can make one miss important information, I still intensely look forward to next day onsite, Hopefully my body system may be ready to take risks then.
The great part was that the deadline was moved to 10 p.m for providing the jasmine test work, although I didn’t take account of the fact that I would lose three hours of the five hours I had to deadline in traffic. Immediately I got home, through the excitement of getting everything done in time, even when I didn’t quite understand why “expect([2,3,5]).toBe([2,3,5])” was returning “False” and I had to seek a new function to write tests with, I forgot and kept including my nodes_modules file in pushes, a true rookie error and I was just wondering why it took longer for my files to get pushed to the online repository and why small scripts were at a size of 100kb.
Anyways,at the end of the day, at around 11 p.m, behind schedule, while I was ticking the tasks accomplished on my Trello board and copying my facilitator, Awa, who has been quite helpful and I was wondering if he had got to Lagos already, I felt a deep sense of gratitude to Andela for contributing to my first memory of working close to my country’s seat of power.