Pop & Self

Today, after we paired with someone from the Web class to work on our resumes, my partner (Luis) said he enjoyed my blog (thanks!) and that I should blog more about my personal journey with coding—that it'd be something he'd want to see if he was an employer.

I'm gonna try it.

viewDidLoad & scope

The complexity of the task at hand—learning a language, a program, and learning to program—is coming into focus more and more. It can all be intimidating when I look up at the view from the base of this mountain between bouts of writing and troubleshooting code. I worry that the skills and methods I used to get here won’t be enough to sustain me moving forward.

Ice Cream & Memory

I imagine keeping real-world legacy code running will be a lot like sculpting ice cream in a hot, windowless room, so I hope the people I work with will have the same lust for life that the peers I have now do. I think that'll go a long way towards making the process seem more exciting rather than doomed.

Mutating & Mindfulness

This whole C4Q project would be simpler if being in a bootcamp was just about buckling down and grinding out work and other things we associate with (masculine) toughness. But I don’t think it’s that one-sided. We’re also here to learn what we may need to take on to go on and what we can let fall away or release for a season or two. Taking on an intense form of education like a dev bootcamp can be about softening yourself without also losing yourself, your critical thought, and your engagement with the world.

Optional Binding & (Really) Networking

They're very vulnerable places, beginnings, as you open yourself up to changing how you see the world. I had my first dream about coding two nights ago. Last night, I had another one. It was strange, but a little wonderful, too. It was also a sign of how profoundly the mind and body take in your environment—which can be good and bad, as no environment is perfect.