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Halfway through week 5


Woohoo! The Unabomber roommate has moved out. Apparently it wasn’t just me who had issues with her. She was rude to everyone. She even moved out suddenly one day without a word to anyone. Just took her stuff and left.

We are halfway through week 5. We’ve pretty much wrapped up learning Java. This week we’ve been learning MySQL and database basics. Once again, tough stuff, but involved the same thought processes as programming. It was great to learn together with the .NET cohort as a unified group and get to know them a little better.  SQL commands are similar between platforms, but not exact. Eric was teaching to the .NET guys because that was what he was familiar with. We had to hustle a bit and google when a command wouldn’t do what it was supposed to do. Typically, it was just a minor change, like order of commands or a different keyword somewhere.  We learned enough to really help us develop our individual projects.

I’ve chosen to incorporate my old life into my capstone by developing a site that acts as an online marketplace and gallery for the artwork of developmentally disabled artists. Most of these organizations are so poorly-funded that they don’t have very nice websites and rely on local exposure to market their artists’ work. These artists use their art to make their living so I thought it would be helpful to consolidate all the artwork into one place and provide more exposure by appealing to a global audience. Once I finish this, I’m going to continue to maintain it and get as many organizations as possible to participate and hopefully increase art sales for these individuals who work so hard to create work that brings enjoyment to others.

So that’s what I’m working on tonight for the next hour or so, then my cohortees and I are going to get Chinese for dinner. Then more data modeling until it’s time for bed.


coding bootcamp: am i good enough?


In three weeks, I head to Akron for a Java apprenticeship through the Software Craftsmanship Guild.

I simply can’t believe it. Can’t.

Tonight I went to a meeting of the Columbus Ruby Brigade. The speakers were fresh from Dev Bootcamp in Chicago. Katy, a graduate, Alyssa, an instructor, and Dave Hoover, DBC’s founder, all spoke tonight about their experiences and answered tons of questions.

I went because I am hungry to know everything I can about what to expect when I attend SCG. The two programs are different: Dev Bootcamp focuses on Ruby while SCG has two separate cohorts that choose to focus on either .NET or Java. Yet, they have a great many similarities in the way they are structured and taught.

I know I am very different from most applicants to these programs. I am female. I’m old enough to be their parent. Those two facts alone make me stand out. Add in my natural insecurities and I am a walking, neurotic bag of mush. It was good to hear that at DBC, they address the insecurity issues head-on. And everybody has them. I hope this gets addressed at SCG, but if it doesn’t, I hope I remember what was said here tonight.

Katy was very inspiring when she stood at the front and said that she knows she can learn anything. It may take her longer, or it may not, but either way is OK. It was good to know that I’m not the only one wondering if I am good enough.

And the answer is, yes, I am.