SB apprenticeship: Day 15

A excerpt from Close to the Machine, by Ellen Ullman, written 17 years ago but strangely prescient.

A excerpt from Close to the Machine, by Ellen Ullman, written 17 years ago but strangely prescient.

I think my mentor’s back from his cross-country drive today! Now I can stop pestering everyone else!

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

I really need to remember to take notes or start a blog post on Friday afternoon, I have no idea what I did. I think I finished the TDD book?

We had a Labs Showcase, so everyone could show off the projects they’ve been working on on Fridays. It was really interesting, everything from a new tool for scripting to the latest version of a mural that Meredith is painting to the preliminary plans for a laser harp (!) that Brian wants to build. Brian needs some help with the physical stuff for his harp and I volunteered; I’ve missed getting my hands dirty like I did making the art car. Speaking of the art car, it’s Burning Man week, and I’m feeling slightly regretful at not being out there getting dusty. It’s weird when lots of people posting frantically on Facebook makes you nostalgic! Ah well. Maybe next year.

Today begins the second quarter of the apprenticeship! For this part we’re getting more into Rails, doing new katas and reading The Pragmatic Programmer and The Clean Coder. My ex used to talk a lot about Pragmatic Programmer, so I’m looking forward to digging into that and discovering what he loved about it. So far I’m really enjoying this apprenticeship, Smashing Boxes is a great company that is really supportive. Everyone has been really giving of their time and expertise, and it’s been super interesting to see how a real shop works. Plus there’s just such a great culture here, everyone is friendly, and while there’s obviously a lot of work being done, there’s also a lot of joking around on Slack. I can make jokes and ask questions without worrying that people are going to think I’m dumb, or judge my programming skill based on my gender. There’s an expectation that, assuming I don’t screw anything up, we’re all going to be hired as junior devs after we work through the apprenticeship curriculum, and being here and seeing how everyone works has made me even more determined to achieve that. Man, time’s flown, though. Three weeks!

Today I think I’m going to work on some of the online courses that are recommended for this quarter: Rails for Zombies 1 and 2, and Surviving APIs with Rails. I think it’ll be a good refresher for the stuff I learned at TIY, and will be a good starting point for the rest of the assignments.

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