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Sixth Week of Code Academy

Code and Coffee
Chicago has a wonderful software development community, especially for Ruby on Rails. I attended my first Code and Coffee which is a weekly meet-up hosted by the good guys at Hashrocket. I met Dave Lyon, the event organizer, and met up with several other Code Academy students. It's a great way to get the morning started--MacBooks fired-up, coffee, like-minded software craftsman and an informal atmosphere.

Pairing
This week I paired with Geoff Massanek and Brian Mehrman. Geoff has been a Java developer for some time now and is easily the most skilled Code Academy student. We built an app without scaffolding or model generation. It was a great learning exercise as I had to remember the base classes from which models and controllers are derived. Geoff wanted to used HAML which is a shorthand for writing tags. Although it was good to get exposed to HAML, I think it's a bit too much for my learning stage right now. Regardless, thanks for the fun pairing Geoff!

Brian comes from the video game industry and is a whiz at just about everything. We paired up to create client side AJAX and had fun manipulating jQuery effects during class.

I still need to pair with some other students, but not everyone gets to class on time. We're halfway through Code Academy, so I hope to pair-up with the rest of the Tuesday/Thursday class.

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Sixth Week of Code Academy

Code and Coffee
Chicago has a wonderful software development community, especially for Ruby on Rails. I attended my first Code and Coffee which is a weekly meet-up hosted by the good guys at Hashrocket. I met Dave Lyon, the event organizer, and met up with several other Code Academy students. It's a great way to get the morning started--MacBooks fired-up, coffee, like-minded software craftsman and an informal atmosphere.

Pairing
This week I paired with Geoff Massanek and Brian Mehrman. Geoff has been a Java developer for some time now and is easily the most skilled Code Academy student. We built an app without scaffolding or model generation. It was a great learning exercise as I had to remember the base classes from which models and controllers are derived. Geoff wanted to used HAML which is a shorthand for writing tags. Although it was good to get exposed to HAML, I think it's a bit too much for my learning stage right now. Regardless, thanks for the fun pairing Geoff!

Brian comes from the video game industry and is a whiz at just about everything. We paired up to create client side AJAX and had fun manipulating jQuery effects during class.

I still need to pair with some other students, but not everyone gets to class on time. We're halfway through Code Academy, so I hope to pair-up with the rest of the Tuesday/Thursday class.

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Sixth Week of Code Academy

Code and Coffee
Chicago has a wonderful software development community, especially for Ruby on Rails. I attended my first Code and Coffee which is a weekly meet-up hosted by the good guys at Hashrocket. I met Dave Lyon, the event organizer, and met up with several other Code Academy students. It's a great way to get the morning started--MacBooks fired-up, coffee, like-minded software craftsman and an informal atmosphere.

Pairing
This week I paired with Geoff Massanek and Brian Mehrman. Geoff has been a Java developer for some time now and is easily the most skilled Code Academy student. We built an app without scaffolding or model generation. It was a great learning exercise as I had to remember the base classes from which models and controllers are derived. Geoff wanted to used HAML which is a shorthand for writing tags. Although it was good to get exposed to HAML, I think it's a bit too much for my learning stage right now. Regardless, thanks for the fun pairing Geoff!

Brian comes from the video game industry and is a whiz at just about everything. We paired up to create client side AJAX and had fun manipulating jQuery effects during class.

I still need to pair with some other students, but not everyone gets to class on time. We're halfway through Code Academy, so I hope to pair-up with the rest of the Tuesday/Thursday class.

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