SB apprenticeship: Day 22

I read an article in the New York Times yesterday that was talking about how information sharing is important in an organization, and asking for advice or help actually makes coworkers think you’re smarter. I share this in order to make my mentor feel better about my constantly asking him questions about how to do things. 🙂

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

Yesterday I spent most of the day working on the rails refactor assignment. My goal of breaking up the day into chunks of reading, tutorials, katas and assignments has not really been met at all. Alas. The rails refactor was super frustrating for a while, but one of my fellow apprentices got me started, and after that it went pretty well. I realized that one of my assignments for TIY was very similar to what they wanted for this, so I looked it up and used it as a template, and that worked! I need to better internalize that it’s ok to ask for help and look up old code; I still have it in my head that I’m really bad at coding because I feel like I should just *know* this stuff already.

Wait, you mean people who have been doing this for years and years feel the same way sometimes?!

Wait, you mean people who have been doing this for years and years feel the same way sometimes?!

Last night we also had a whole conversation on Slack about how Github/git is hard and it’s way too easy to mess things up. It’s really nice to be surrounded by people who are both kind and knowledgeable!

Today I’m going to hopefully finish up the rails refactor assignment and start working on the TODO app. Also, the big Apple fall event is this afternoon, and at least one other dev is planning on watching it, so I may join them. There are some interesting potential hardware upgrades, the new iPhone and iOS 9 (that will allow ad blocking, yay!) and last night Kevin noticed that the dev website newly listed the Apple TV as a thing you could make apps for. I’m not an Apple dev, and I don’t think I have a lot of interest in moving to that world (it would be weird to work in the same field as my boyfriend, right? But on the other hand, I could get a lot of help with iOS stuff…I dunno. Right now I’m focusing on Ruby on Rails, but who knows what the future might hold.) Perhaps I will watch the announcement while reading Pragmatic Programmer.

Today I expect to learn how to refactor my views!

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