I just finished my first week onsite at Dev Bootcamp and man, oh man, what a week. The week went by so quickly, I can’t believe it’s already Saturday. I’m going to try to recap each day because I think it’ll be interesting to see my progress, especially in nine weeks time when this course is over.
– Ice breakers
– Wrote a program that converted Arabic numerals to Roman numerals
– Wrote a program that converted Arabic numerals to English numbers
– Wrote a program that translates words to pig latin
– Wrote a program implement enumerables
– Wrote a program that benchmarks
– Engineering Empathy on sexism
– Wrote a program for the Fibonacci sequence
– Wrote a program to list anagrams for a word
– Wrote a program for linear search
– Wrote a program for binary search
– Wrote a program for a simple racing game
– Wrote a program to create a Boggle Board
– Need to complete a program that solves Boggle Board
– Hip hop
– Started a program that will solve sudoku
I think the overall theme of week one was about algorithms and nested arrays. It’s been a while since I touched math, so it was kind of a difficult week for me to get into that way of thinking.
It’s been super exhausting. Sleeping 5-6 hours a night to wake up at 6:45am to go back to campus for another 12 hour day. But it’s been so much fun! I like a good challenge, so it really gives me an adrenaline rush to try to figure out a problem. We also incorporate other activities into our day, not just programming.
Also, the people in my group are all super amazing, interesting, and supportive. A few of them have a bit of background knowledge in programming, but the majority of them have pretty diverse backgrounds. I’m really glad that these are the people I’ll be spending 60+ hours a week with for the next couple of months.
For a while, I really wanted to attend this all female programming course in San Francisco. I thought it would provide the best and safest learning environment for me, since after all, I am a female and this industry hasn’t been known to be so accepting. However, ultimately, I am really happy that I decided to go to DBC. DBC really strives to make us all better, well-rounded people. We have sessions of discussing these kinds of topics, like sexism, to educate everyone about the discrimination and micro aggressions that marginal groups face. So instead of pretending the problem isn’t there, DBC is really try hard to improve the problem.
Sorry if this blog post is really jumbled. There are more things I wanted to write but I can’t really organize my thoughts at the moment. My brain is kind of fried and I have to get ready to go back to campus now to finish all the programs that I didn’t finish for the week.