Last week, it felt like we all breathed for the first time in months. Our big research paper was over. It was terrifying, it was hard, but I don’t think a single person in the class walked away thinking that it was a waste of time. We all walked away with such a broader knowledge base and I was extremely happy for it.
But, the hole that was made by a lack of Lackaff was quickly filled with a new, accelerated schedule and an addition of projects from other classes. While at first was overwhelming, it makes sense. I am ready to dive further into the concepts that we have been learning and really start creating. I hope that most of us feel that way. I might be in the minority, but I want them to throw everything they can at us. I want to be the most prepared for any situation once I am in the job market. I promise I have a point, my ramble is over.
One big area that ramped up is our coding classes. Now, I know next to the research paper, this is the area that most people have the biggest fears. I will be the first to say that I need help, I want to do it all myself, but I don’t need to. I also recognize that I shouldn’t do it all myself. An outside prospective can usually make my work better.
It can be hard to ask for help though. No one wants to feel like they don’t have the intelligence to do something, and no one wants to admit that they might have a shortcoming. It’s okay. We all do. It’s okay to ask for help.
I wanted to give everyone a list of some other great resources that I have found or been told about.
- Learn Code the Hard Way – This site is for a series of books that have been recommended to me by many coders as a great reference tool.
- Become a Programmer, Motherfucker– While the title is very graphic, this site has lots of links to many other great resources. It is brought to us by the man who created Learn Code the Hard Way.
I want to finish by saying that the best resource we have for things that we don’t know, or are unsure of, is each other. While this isn’t intended as the perfect moment for us all to sit around the camp fire, swaying, and singing songs (although we should definitely do that); this is my favorite part about this program. We work together, we help make each other better. We don’t all want to do or be the same thing, and we all recognize that there are 25 other people who have different skills than our own. I’m never happier than when I can help someone, because I know tomorrow, they will help me.