Finally, our final project presentation at Craft Academy is finished and this is it, we have to find our way to level up our skills to become better web developer and conquer the labour market. It was my privilege to be given a chance to be part of the February 2017 cohort where the experience is pretty awesome. After sleepless nights and doing multi-tasking from my part-time work and studying at Craft Academy, I can say that it is all worth it.

Honestly, I’ve thought that I cannot make it until the end of the cohort because of different circumstances but I think that as long as you are determined to achieve you goal…you can do it. Of course, it will not be possible without the guidance and support of the coaches. Thomas Ochman, Amber Wilkie, Raoul DIFFOUO, Sigu Magwa and Andrew Carnahan, whose ever willing to share their knowledge to the students of Craft Academy. I also appreciate my fellow students in the cohort for being understanding about my situation. I also want to thank Marcus Gustafsson for lifting up my spirit everytime we have “Coffee chat” to get our insights about our experience in the bootcamp. I can say that this activity is helpful so the Craft Academy people will understand what we have been going through, on how we are coping up, what we like and what we don’t just like what we are also doing in the retrsopective. …


Week 6 is a real thing here at Craft Academy, at this stage we worked more with Ruby on Rails by developing our mid-project titled “Photo-market” where people can buy photos online. Again, we worked as a group but I can say that we are better than before in terms of collaborating with each other. …


At Craft Academy, we always have practical assessment that aims to assess the skills of the students to realize what we need to enhance or work on to become a better junior developer. A coach will be assigned to each one of us that will give us the problem to solve for 20-30 minutes. Honestly, this is one of the most frightening part for all the students because your coach is looking at you closely while coding that makes you feel conscious or stupid especially if you cannot solve the problem.

The Twitter Challenge

Twitter challenge is the problem that was assigned to us this week where we were asked to write method in an editor and paste them into irb or pry. For this week, they want to assess our ability to read documentation, research and make use of gems and use third party services. We were asked to use a gem called “twitter” that will allow us to access the TwitterAPI in order to get the 5 last tweets from Amber. …


The third week of the prep course is quite challenging and interesting. This is my first time to use use Ruby and Rspec test and I found it very useful to make programming more productive. Well, I will give a brief introduction of Ruby and Rspec before showing what I have done.

Ruby is a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write. On the other hand, Rspec is a unit test framework for the Ruby programming language. It is indeed a behavior driven development tool since the tests focuses on the “behavior” of the application instead on how it works. …


Just started the preparatory course for the “Coding Bootcamp” at Craft Academy last week. I am thankful to Thomas Ochman for giving me the courage to accept the challenge. I have been an academician for a couple of years now but I did not practice real coding in the real world. Now, I am excited to learn more, to collaborate more and to code more!

This week is more on learning, exploration, familiarization and doing simple exercises. Meeting the coaches, Amber Wilkie and Raoul DIFFOUO who are very supportive and always provide immediate response to my questions. …

Jennifer Contreras

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