Today marks roughly 5 months since I last posted about my course work in Viking. In that time I’ve moved through data structures, Sinatra, APIs and web scraping, SQL, and finally Rails. What started as a static mockup is now a functional clone of Facebook. Users can sign up, post, comment, like, friend, search for other users, and upload photos. The latter part of the development was all test driven with feature, model, and controller specs.
Reflecting back on the year I think the biggest difference between then and now is confidence. Understanding that knowing how an application is put together in something like Rails is more important than remembering every single detail. I’ve coded in airports while waiting on flights. In the passenger seat of my girlfriend’s car while we drove to visit friends in the pouring rain. Which isn’t to say I’m some sort of superhero, just that I really love doing this.
The only real issue I’ve faced is finding the time needed to study (and being in front of the computer on top of my regular IT hours). The Viking course load is no joke, and even though I’ve dedicated around 70 hours a month on average its not nearly the ideal pace. The main problem is retention, for instance the work I originally did with web scraping is starting to get fuzzy and will require some refreshing when I put that knowledge to use in future projects.