SB apprenticeship: Day 3

I have already trained my fellow apprentices to send me red panda videos…bwa ha ha! Soon everyone will know the joy of watching adorable animals. I’m the *best* influence.

Ahem. Day 3 and I still love my job! You’ll probably recognize today’s questions:

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What are you going to do today?
  • What do you expect to learn?

Yesterday I learned some Rspec! Whether or not Rspec is better than Minitest seems to be largely a matter of preference, since when I google I found passionate blog posts about both. I like that Rspec is more conversational since it makes it slightly easier to write and read, but other than that I don’t think I know enough to make an informed judgement.

Today I am going to rewrite my kata, this time doing the tests first like you’re supposed to. We apprentices also have lunch with the CEO/Founder and President of Smashing Boxes, Nick and Brian, which should be interesting. I’m still not quite used to the startup mentality where everyone’s a familiar team, including the upper management. I’m also going to read more of the Test-Driven Development book; while I still wish the code examples were written in Ruby, I think since Joe explained a little of how Java works last night I’ll be able to figure out where it’s going more easily.

I’ve been having real issues falling asleep at night because my brain just won’t stop coming up with questions. Last night I realized that I don’t actually know a lot about my mentor, Brandon, or his path to Smashing Boxes, or what he’s working on, so I may corner him sometime soon for coffee and questions. Today I expect to learn more about TDD and Smashing Boxes, and I may start reading the Agile Web Development with Rails 4 book.

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