3 weeks down! 9 to go!

Zoiks! It’s been way too long since my last post!  This is my first post since I’ve started my programming bootcamp!  In some ways, it feels like I’ve been coding for ages already, and on the other side of the coin, it very much feels like I’m still a complete and total (for lack of a better term) n00b!

Today marks 3 weeks officially in the books.  It’s honestly been an amazing experience so far.  I’ve come a long way since my adorable little dragon animation a few months back.  I’ve learned what an API is and how to use one, utilized increasingly complex JavaScript tools, and even  designed single page interactive websites completely from scratch: check out the world’s greatest casino I made! (But don’t try playing rock, paper, scissors.  I didn’t quite get to finish that part!)

At this point, I’m enthusiastic as ever about learning and programming in general.  As I mentioned in my video series and other posts, a huge part of the appeal in learning programming was the adventure of life-long learning. 

When I was teaching, I always felt like I never really learned that much.  Sure I developed better ways to deliver content and foster others’ learning, but everything felt more like enhancing or tweaking things I’d already learned.  Nothing was ever novel or completely unfamiliar.  Even when I took some classes in grad school, I had the same feelings.  It was always just adding on to previously used methods. 

Fast forward to today, 3 weeks in to my program, and I’m reminded daily of how much more I, and more importantly people as a whole, are capable of when learning is a daily endeavor.  Learning is fun!  The course is extremely demanding and moves at an aggressive pace.  I think they said a rough estimate was that we covered a semester’s worth of college material in a little bit over a week.  WOW!  That really got me going.  I felt like I’ve been given cheat codes to learning.  (And by given, I of course mean paying for with a lot of $$$$)

When I first started the course, I wasn’t sure what my experience would ultimately amount to.  Will I get a job in the industry?  Will I fall in love with something previously unknown to me?  Is there a creative side lurking behind that math-oriented brain of mine?  These are still unknowns, but the joy I’ve experienced so far is visible to those close to me.  My parents were wowed by the reverence with which I talked about my experience so far.  My mother even shocked me when she said “I haven’t seen you this enthusiastic about anything outside of frisbee in a decade.” 

That really stood out to me. I hadn’t realized how much I’d been just cruising along and going with the flow before I started the course.  It’s truly refreshing to be passionate about something again.  I’m proud of the things I’ve created.  (Check out this video to see what I’ve done in the past week!)   

Things move quick in the course, and part of me wishes I had a bit more time to soak in what we’ve learned and practice building things at our current knowledge level to really hammer home the fundamentals. One thing they don’t tell you about these bootcamps is how little free time you’ll have!  But I’ll gladly take the trade off.  If I’m this excited about building crappy little single page websites, I can’t wait to see where I am in 9 more weeks.

The last thing I’ll mention is the current project I’m working on!  Our first project was to create a single-page game.  It had to be multi player, responsive and interactive, and well that’s about it!  The choice was ours after that.  For some reason, I chose to go with Bingo.  I honestly have no idea why I chose it.  I had a vision in my head and I wanted to see if I could make it come to life, so Bingo it was!  The project is due in about 63 hours from the time of this writing.  I better get on it 🙂

Until next time!

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