Caitlin Palmer-Bright

Aspiring Full Stack Developer

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More than just coding…

I’ve just come to the end of my first week as a software development intern, and it’s been even better than I expected. The whole team has been so supportive, I’ve been able to work on tickets that are challenging but not impossible and I’ve had multiple people checking in throughout each day to make sure I wasn’t stuck or getting too frustrated. I can’t imagine a better first week, though I could have done without my computer throwing hissy fits every few hours and having to reinstall things over and over again. Ah well!

I found a lot of the skills that were most useful this week weren’t directly coding skills, but they were closely related.  I thought I’d put together a list of the things I feel have been really helpful in making things run smoothly this week.… Read more...

2RK – Week 5/6

Week 5 was a short one thanks to holidays,  but we made the most of it by finally getting started with Ruby on Rails! Even though we had a really solid base in Ruby and Sinatra this was still a bit of a challenge, adding controllers to the MVC mix.  If I’m honest, I was loving just working in pure Ruby,  but the step up to Rails has been amazing – equal parts frustration and satisfaction (though the ‘frustration’ parts seem to take a lot longer!). I feel like I’m getting better and better at solving problems and finding the cause of errors.

We started off by looking at creating models, and learnt about has_many, belongs_to, has_many through and lots of other associations. We made sure our data had everything we wanted it to by adding validations to our models, and learnt how to add and remove fields with migrations.… Read more...