SB apprenticeship: Day 27

Huh?

Huh?

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

Yesterday I learned that there is a difference between installing the “rspec” gem and the “rspec-rails” gem, and it’s a gigantic pain to go back and fix having installed the wrong one. Sigh. Also, I have apparently completely forgotten how to Rails, I was fighting with something and asked Ian for help, and it turned out that I hadn’t actually made a database. It’s pretty disheartening to realize that I’ve forgotten the very basic stuff like that, but I guess it means that Kevin was right when he pestered me to write code every day while I was unemployed. Damn you, hindsight!

Today all the mentors are out of the office; Josh is on vacation, Ian has an appointment and is working from home, and Wednesday is always Brandon’s wfh day. I have no real idea of what I’m doing with this Rails API stuff, so I think I’m going to take the day and read Agile Web Development with Rails 4 and work on Code School/Treehouse stuff. I feel a little guilty doing this stuff on company time, but I guess they’re paying me to learn and I should take advantage of it! I’ve been hesitant to ask Brandon for help too often, he’s so busy with other stuff all the time, but I finally just sucked it up and asked him to block off an hour or so, and he sent me an invite to meet tomorrow for two hours. It actually hadn’t occurred to me to literally invite him to help me at specific times, but it makes sense now that he’s done it. At any rate, yay being assertive and getting help!

In the conversation with Brandon I mentioned that I think I’m going to take today as a reading and tutorial day, and he said he thought that was a good idea. So I think I’ll read the Agile book and maybe try to go through the Code School Rails course again. Maybe it’s gotten less buggy since the last time I tried. If not, there’s always the Treehouse ones, or I could work on the Hartl book some more, I haven’t touched that one in ages.

Hopefully, today will be a reviewing day and not a learning day, but I’m sure it’ll be valuable either way.

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