First thing that surprised me about the Female Founder’s Conference is that it was all women. Okay, I know, that sounds ridiculous. I expected it to be all-women speakers, I expected it to be majority female crowd. But I did not anticipate that none of the male partners of YC would be in…

“The most common career aspiration named on Girls Who Code applications is forensic science. Like Allen, few if any of the girls have ever met anyone in that field, but they’ve all watched “CSI,” “Bones” or some other show in which a cool chick with great hair in a lab coat gets to use her scientific know-how to solve a crime. This so-called “CSI” effect has been credited for helping turn forensic science from a primarily male occupation into a primarily female one.”

This is probably how women programmers feel ;)

I’m still learning Ruby!

I haven’t posted here for a while. Not because I’ve stopped learning Ruby, but because I’ve switched gears and am trying to learn it a different way.

I learn best by doing. And it’s obvious that I “do/make something” in order to learn a programming language. So I’ve partnered with a friend to make a PoC (proof of concept) for one of his ideas. Because it’s not my idea, I get to concentrate on just one thing - learning; Learning how to do what he wants done, in the best possible way. I know my code won’t be super optimal, or maybe it will be. But I’m happy to work on this because I’ve learned so much in the past few days, just trying to solve simple problems. 

  • One Month Rails has been really helpful in getting me up and running with the basics. I enrolled in this class a few months ago while it was still on Skillshare for $25 and it is the best $$ I’ve spent this year! I know I can learn all this by just going through Hartl’s tutorial, but with the recent changes to Rails and Ruby versions, it has been hard to not get stuck in different parts of the tutorial (and that frustrates me & makes me give up. I’m human!!!). 
  • Since not getting through App Academy, I’ve not looked at any other programming bootcamps, but I’m considering, which looks like a much better fit for what I want to accomplish.

Congrats to keepcalmandprogram for getting into General Asembly and Morgan for starting Dev Bootcamp! :)

As historian Nathan Ensmenger explained to a Stanford audience, as late as the 1960s many people perceived computer programming as a natural career choice for savvy young women. Even the trend-spotters at Cosmopolitan Magazine urged their fashionable female readership to consider careers in programming. In an article titled “The Computer Girls,” the magazine described the field as offering better job opportunities for women than many other professional careers. As computer scientistDr. Grace Hopper told a reporter, programming was “just like planning a dinner. You have to plan ahead and schedule everything so that it’s ready when you need it…. Women are ‘naturals’ at computer programming.” James Adams, the director of education for the Association for Computing Machinery, agreed: “I don’t know of any other field, outside of teaching, where there’s as much opportunity for a woman.”

(via kristinaplusplus)

Done with 4 chapters!

I completed 4 chapters from Hartl’s tutorial today. It has mostly been setting up, understanding the file structure created when rails new is invoked and a general look at Ruby in the context of a Rails application.

We are yet to get to the more important parts of the tutorial, but the rate at which I’m studying, I should be done by the end of this weekend! (Yes, I have no fun plans for the weekend because I wasted last week by not doing anything remotely related to coding!!)

Happy (almost) 4th of July!