On Joining the Nerd Club
I realize that that title may be very charged for some. Let me explain. I do not mean it to be derogatory in the traditional “That kid’s a nerd!” sense. In fact, it is a challenging step to become part of a larger community — the community of web developers.
After we were directed to our classroom, I noticed there were name tags lined up at each seat. At my seat was a note written in erasable marker from my recruiting agent who I had tried to connect with earlier that day but did not. She apologized in the note and briefly commented on the note I had left her, and told me to have fun and good luck. It was kind of a cool message system. In fact, General Assembly, or GA, thrives on white erasable — painted walls and desks. Along with our assigned seats were a small notebook, a pen, a sticker, and a power strip along the wall for connecting our laptop.
I look around, and a number of people are putting a bottle of beer up to their lips… Where did they get a beer?! I want one! I had passed this pony bucket of beers on the way in, but ended up finding a Stella Artois that would find its way to my lips with a smile. Already, a big relief to my manic Monday.
The class title was “InstallFest” and our objectives were to install Homebrew, git, node, and npm on our Macs. Macs are highly encouraged at GA. I brought in my 2008 MacBook Pro — and no one said anything to me about how old it is, so let’s see how far I can go with my ancient aluminum brick. My sentiment is that I will buy a new computer when I’m able to be paid to have that new computer. For those who got through this quickly, our “bonus” assignment was to upgrade npm to the latest version and learn what nvm is, and try to install it. The simple definition is that nvm is a node version manager. With node always having new versions coming out, it’s good to have a version manager. I am excited to learn how to use it more.
I finished pretty early, so I looked around to see if anyone needed any help. After helping the guy sitting at my table with npm, I went out and fixed myself a free PB&J sandwich with crunch Jif and squeezable strawberry jam. It totally hit the spot!
We ended our class a little after 10pm and after leaving I felt like I was returning to the regular world again… sigh… It turns out I have something to look forward to! I actually am pretty excited to see what we learn to build in this class. Even though we have a syllabus that tells us what we’ll be doing, the doing of it I think will be pretty cool. Can’t wait.