Elementary coder — week 6

Six weeks down, six to go — half way already, and I feel like there’s still so much more to learn. Looking back over the last month and a half, I don’t know that I’ve ever absorbed so much new information in such a short space of time. It makes me wonder what I was doing with all those long holidays I had as a teacher (like most primary school teachers, I was probably sleeping). This six week period however, has been intense, but incredibly rewarding.

The last week was a little different to those preceding it — our cohort was split into three groups and given a larger project than usual — to create a clone of AirBnB. Much of the scaffolding we have had up until now was removed, and armed with a loose design specification, we were tasked with creating a set of user stories and directing our own work as a group.

We were advised to do all of this with Kent Beck’s five XP Values — simplicity, communication, feedback, courage and respect — in mind as we went about our task.

I was lucky to be working with a really great group, and I learned a lot about the software development process and real world working methods which were new to me. It was also good to have the opportunity to work on a project which mixed Ruby and JavaScript to see how they can be made to interact with each other and continue to develop my skills in both languages.

At the close of the week it was time to get back to the bowling challenge. Unlike in previous weeks, we had two weekends to work on our solutions, but for me it was by far and away the most difficult of the weekend challenges so far. I’m still not 100% happy with the solution I’ve reached, but I have at least managed to get things operational.

Aside from my continued learning, there’s a new task looming on the horizon; putting my CV together. Given that we’re now half way through, it feels like time to start thinking about what comes next. It feels a little daunting, but one of the reasons I chose Makers over other bootcamps was that they have a dedicated in house careers team to help you make the transition to professional developer. They’ve already provided us with access to lots of information to help us start thinking about the job search and I’m confident that it’s going to prove a huge help.

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