my journey to become a web developer | 03

For the grand finale of ‘Update Week’ it’s time I bring you into my coding journey progress. 

I decided to conquer the world of coding this spring. I signed up for a Skillcrush Web Development Blueprint, found several more online resources and dove-in head first. June was focused on HTML & CSS and July was focused on JavaScript. During those 2 months I found amazing support in the form of in-person meet-ups and new online friends. I still stand behind the fact that the Dev World is one of the most welcoming I’ve encountered. 

Coffee & Computers & Coding

But then August happened. Though it was one of my favorite months this year, it pretty much forced me to press pause on a few things. 

August was the last of my 3-month Blueprint focused on Ruby & Git. 

Long story short: I dropped the ball and allowed the fear of installing Ruby to prevent me from continuing the course. *To those who think that’s the craziest thing you’ve heard, you’ve never tried installing Ruby. 

After a month of essential inactivity, I decided this past Sunday to face my inner Ruby demons and conquer the downloading of Ruby

It did take close to an hour, a Dr. Pepper, and the consultation of many of forums&websites&blogs&resources. But eventually this beauty was returned to me when I asked my terminal which version of Ruby my computer was currently running: 

I downloaded Ruby 2.2.3!

That’s Ruby 2.2.3 in all of her glory. 

Since this beautiful screenshot was taken, I have grown leaps and bounds in my confidence as a coder. Weird, I know. 

BUT 3 months ago I had no idea what a terminal was, I had no idea what computer programming was about, and I never thought I’d be writing Ruby scripts! 

My coding passion has been renewed to the highest power and for the first time, the thought of coding every day, creating meaningful things, and knowing how to be smarter than my computer is exactly what I want to be doing. 

I still have a few more weeks on my official Blueprint but there is absolutely no way my learning will stop there. I want to go back to dive even deeper into HTML&CSS&JAVASCRIPT&RUBY&GIT and all the things. 

And eventually, this girl will need to muster up enough courage to put myself out there and really use these tech skills I’ve gained these last several months to a real working use.

But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. 

Until then, need me? I’ll be Ruby-ing ;) 

My first Ruby script | Always 3

Pst. Here’s my first bit of Ruby I wrote alllllllll by myself. It’s a script that prompts users for a number and then through a series of mathematical events, always returns 3 as the answer.