My Experience so far in Andela Bootcamp

My experience at Andela has been amazing so far. In all my years on earth, i have never experienced something like this. From meeting new friends from different background, to learning new skills, using slack as a platform for collaboration and understanding the Andela principles and core values.

On the first day we came, i could only write programs with Python. But i was surprised when i realized that all the boot-camp lab work were going to be written in JavaScript. I had to learn JavaScript immediately. Normally, i would go online to source for PDFs, videos and podcast to get started but as luck would have it, i had a mentor who is my peer and so i reached out to him for the basic understanding. I had to self-learn JavaScript programming language within a short period.

In addition to learning Javascript, i have also grabbed soft skills to compliment myself with heavy development programs. Right now, i have integrated the Andela core values ‘E.P.I.C’ into my culture, i strive for excellence, training myself every day along the way. I lost track of time when am coding, this is my passion and self-learning is the journey into software development, courtesy of Andela.

Today, is the second day of home task and coding is already becoming part of me, it has really been eventful for me. I woke up early to prepare for the task ahead. We were asked to write tests, two Javascript functions and an OOP labs model.

I had a pretty interesting encounter with OOP today, trying to figure out how I was going to model a phone manufacturing company.

A particular algorithm findMaxMin took me a while to solve and I had to seek out help. I have been trying to wrap my head around the problems and bug that i need to work with and i have not made any head way yet. So, i communicated with some of my fellow boot-campers on slack and had help from my BFA. He offered suggestions that I would not have had. I tried a few suggestion and it was helpful.

So far i would say it has been a rewarding experience, i look forward to the next phase.

My experience at Andela has been amazing. In all my years on earth, i have never experienced anything like it.

From meeting new people with different backgrounds to learning new skills, using collaboration platforms like Slack, and understanding the Andela principles and core values, i can say it has really been fulfilling thus far.

When I first got here, i could only write basic programs with Python. But i was surprised when i realized that all the boot-camp lab work were going to be written in JavaScript. This really opened my eyes to the power of problem solving using varying platforms and languages. Suffice to say, i had to learn JavaScript immediately.

Normally I would go online to find resources like books, videos and podcasts to get started; but as lucky as I was, I had a mentor and peer who i asked to teach me the basics. I had to learn as much of the JavaScript programming language as i could within a short period.

In addition to learning JavaScript, I have also grabbed soft skills to compliment my development program. Right now, I have integrated the Andela core values of ‘E.P.I.C’, I strive for Excellence, Passion, believe in Integrity, and Collaborate with my peers, training myself every day along the way.

I usually lose track of time when I’m coding, as my passion for self-learning will drive the journey into software development courtesy of Andela.

Today, is the second day of home task and coding is already becoming a part of me. I woke up very early to prepare for the task ahead. We were asked to write tests, two Javascript functions and an OOP labs model to understand the basics of Functional and Object Programming.

I had a pretty interesting encounter with OOP today, trying to figure out how I was going to model a phone manufacturing company. This got me to realize that Inheritance doesn’t happen only in Biology.

A particular algorithm findMaxMin took me a while to solve and i had to seek out help. I had been trying to wrap my head around the problem and bug i needed to resolve without making any head way. So, i communicated with some of my fellow boot-campers on slack and had help from my BFA who I was studying and working remotely with. He offered suggestions that i would not have had otherwise. I tried a few suggestion and it was very helpful.

So far i would say it has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience and i am looking forward to the next phase.

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