I am now a month into the Season of Ruby, so aside from the usual retrospective, it is a good time to reflect on what I have learned to this point. In the last month I have made the following strides:
- Set up a github account and pushed code up to it.
- Re-familiarized myself with git and got more practice using it on a day-to-day basis, creating and merging branches, as well as pushing code to github and heroku.
- Learning the basics of Ruby and used it to develop an implementation of the Conway’s Game of Life
- Picked up a little Rails with the Ruby on Rails Tutorial
What Went Well
- I am really enjoying the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, not just for how it teaches Rails, but as much for the developer practices that it encourages.
What Can Be Improved On
- Practice, practice, practice. The tutorial is really helping me put all this together, but I need to keep repeating the lessons to make sure it sinks in. Similar to what I went through with the Ruby Koans, I don’t want to develop a false sense of understanding, so I need to keep writing code and making sure to dig beneath the surface.
To make sure I am really grokking the lessons from the tutorial, I think it would be a good idea to take a few hours at the end of this iteration and write a simple app. Something similar in complexity to the micro-blogging example in the tutorial. It doesn’t need to be a complete application, but the parts I get to need to be “right”, so I will time-box it at 3 hours. Does not need to be visually pretty.
Iteration 4 Stories/Tasks
Keep chugging away on the Ruby on Rails tutorial. I am through chapter 5, but this is going to be a long week at work, so I would like to be able to get through chapters 6 & 7 this week.