While I am attending Hackbright Academy’s Spring 2015 session, I will be using this space to track and process what I am learning (at least once each of the twelve weeks)! You can also connect with me via Twitter @rchdnn.
Today was full of intros and breakfast and fun and jokes and code. The space was full of excitement from an amazing group of women of all different backgrounds, and it was so fun to start hearing from each of our own perspectives.
In all of my time using computers, I’ve always been terrified of using the dreaded Terminal! Because of my lack of formal training (since most of my knowledge was self-taught/self-hacked), I had no idea what it was capable of, or what the purpose could possibly be. I’ve already started using it on my home computer, and was super excited just now when I completed our first Python homework assignment!
Pair Programming & Blockly
In our lab we partnered up for an afternoon of pair programming with Blockly. It did take a few minutes of back and forth and getting used to how each other works, but it was really useful in my becoming more comfortable in communicating with another developer and explaining what I was doing in code. While the Blockly maze game seemed super simple at first, the last one had my pair programming partner and I a little stumped. There were very excited “woohoos!” of success when we found the first two solutions (there are still a few alternatives I’m hoping to figure out)!
Overall, the day was packed full of information, but the incredible staff really made everything flow easily and I felt right at home. I can’t wait to see what we’ll be learning next. So much YAY! Stay tuned!