Makers Academy Week 3: The Return of the Fun

I can’t believe that my third week has finished and I’m midway through Week 4. That’s a quarter of the course. GULP.

Ah, this week was awesome. It was, in no particular order:

  • Challenging
  • Creative
  • Frustrating
  • Rewarding
  • Sunny

and any other hyperbole I can think of.

What did you do, Rob?

Completed a number of ‘kata’, or small coding challenges on the platform Codewars, ranking up to 6 kyu (which means I’m marginally not useless). That little icon over there ← is me. There’s lots to do, as this week’s objective is to rank up to 5 kyu. That might seem trivial, but I think it’s likely to be the hardest challenge yet.

Yeew! Ranking up!

What else?

We built a functioning student directory that runs through Terminal. It stores and loads data into a .csv file and has search functionality. HOW COOL IS THAT?!

It looks a little like this:

I know. It’s beautiful, right?!

It might not look like much, but this is the beginning. This is a working program.

Pair Programming

Pair programming is a simple concept. My time is increasingly spent sharing the screen of a fellow Maker via the extremely useful app Screenhero.

We take ‘driving’ positions at the keyboard, while the other ‘navigates’ the problem and acts as a sounding board. Problems get solved a hell of a lot quicker.

Programming is really pleasantly social and far from the sweaty stereotype. Jurassic Park did nothing for coders…

(Maybe I already look like this? I’m getting the headset && glasses…)

What’s coming up this week?

This week, I will be mostly writing my Github CV and trying to turn my lily-white backside into a harden Codewars warrior. Work on my thousand-yard stare. Or something like that.

Is that you? Is this me, John Wayne?