I have been in the IT industry for two years now but I haven’t had the chance to be a full-time developer. I have an academic background in C/C++ and Java and professionally I have done some QA testing and software integration. I have been learning Ruby on Rails on and off by myself for a year now and in my spare time I draw and play pc video games. I am currently hooked on the Borderlands franchise.
I am now in my fourth week of bootcamp and I have learned a lot so far. Thanks to my Java background I have a general idea on how everything works, but I never went this in depth before. The last time I touched an html file was in high school so I needed a review with front-end web applications. I find myself thinking of new ideas everyday that I want to implement on my own. I am now able to create a basic front-end for my web app and it will still need polishing but at least the structure is there to tweak.
I’m hoping by the end of the term I will be able to build an app in an Agile fashion. It would be great to practice working on a story as a group by hashing out the details and completing the acceptance criteria. This will give me the opportunity to practice more software development best practices like TDD and pairing.
I’m having fun meeting new people and networking with Dallas startups. The people I met have been encouraging and I am motivated to continue down this road. I’m excited to see where this leads!