Cameron Buckingham is a student at gSchool, a 6-month coding school in Colorado (now Galvanize). He blogs each week about his experience at gSchool- this week, Cameron talks about working on projects with local businesses, a thoughtbot-sponsored Ruby on Rails tutorial, and updates us on the RubyConf San Diego conference he's applied to speak at.
A huge change occurred in our program over the past week. We have gotten the opportunity to work on select projects with local businesses to improve our coding school. So in essence, the focus has shifted to working with live code bases and moved away from lecture-filled days. gSchool is responsible for setting up contracts with businesses that allow us as students to hop into current projects and write code. These projects have offered several students the chance to meet the business owners and discuss with them their vision and help them get there.
We currently have three businesses involved in this program, so not all students are able to be a part of it yet. Although the goal is to alternate people in and out of the program as features are completed within the code base. The people who are not yet involved, are working on their personal projects or finishing select tutorials. I am slotted to work on a project next week so I used this week to catch up on some great video tutorials that I had been putting off to complete my personal project.
Another thing on my radar this week is awaiting an answer from RubyConf San Diego on my talk. If selected, I will get to give a talk to a couple hundred people on the developer bootcamp business and some of the challenges and successes it has had over the past several years. I would really like to give the talk, so I will update you on whether I get it or not on my next post! Thanks for reading!