Two updates in 8 months. I should be ashamed of myself. Tsk…tsk….
I don’t think I ever actually explained WHAT happened to me after I got that first developer job.
The first job I got was at a (very) small dev shop using Ruby and Rails. Without going into details, that job didn’t really work out. As far as positive takeaways I came away knowing that I had what it took to be a successful professional developer.
My next job was at a code bootcamp in the Los Angeles area. Not a fly-by-night, super shady type of bootcamp, but a legit and respected business. I started with the company as a Teaching Assistant for it’s 3-month all-day program. After a successful 3 months I got offered a position as Junior Instructor, which I accepted and remained in until I left in September 2015.
Without a doubt I would have to say my 10 months working at the bootcamp was the most educational and enjoyable job I’ve ever had. Not only was I able to improve my programming skills by teaching what I knew to others, but I felt a sense of accomplishment as a human being by playing a role in people changing their lives. I was able to learn from and be mentored by co-workers who were not only knowledgeable, but compassionate, determined, and enthusiastic about software development.
I’ll be writing in this space more often because I have noticed that since Meteor’s adoption is not nearly that of Ruby-on-Rails that the amount of established conventions and standards is very very small. I have some ideas on how to write more straightforward and maintainable code using CoffeeScript and Meteor that I’d like to share here.