Thats a wrap on week 2 of bootcamp and this week we covered all things Git & Git Hub, including a practical which involved updating the student roster at Manchester codes and pushing the changes to the remote repo. Its quickly sinking in why Git Hub is fundamental when it comes to collaborating and also safeguarding your code should the worst happen!
The challenges this week have not come from my coding studies but from daily life and the thing I have been battling with, is getting a stable routine in place. Due to commitments from my day job, I was forced to miss one of this week's lectures, which felt pretty rubbish knowing that all my cohort mates were getting stuck in and making use of valuable tutor time whilst I was knee deep in paperwork!
I should have learnt from last week though that a lot of my worries are caused by my own fear of falling behind and in reality, lots of other people in my cohort have busy lives as well! We are all at tackling the same problems and able to help each other with different areas. I'd also like to say a special thanks to Jasmin (Tutor), who patiently answered all of my Git/Git Hub related questions during Saturday mornings drop-in class. This meant that I quickly caught up and even managed to start the HTML module which felt really good because it means that I now have the framework for my very first portfolio! Fair enough it only contains some basic information but it's my little piece of something which is really satisfying.
Other bits and bobs from this week include creating a new LinkedIn account to properly begin networking with other people in Tech, listening to the Codewords podcast by the awesome Rob B whilst also walking the dog, looking at Free Code Camp for additional materials to strengthen my knowledge, seeing Biffy Clyro at the O2 (it was awesome) and looking for Tech meetups / events in my local area.
I don't have a crystal ball, but if all goes well, week 3 should see the end of both the HTML and CSS modules with inevitably a few bumps along the way! Wish me luck and I'll let you know how it went next week.
This week's key points!
Team work makes the dream work - Its ok to ask questions and help each other. Everyone learns something in the process.
Little and often is the key - I am juggling a lot at the moment as I switch careers and its ok not to feel like I smashed it every day. Little and often throughout the week allows me to chip away and make a lot of progress, even when things are a bit mental!
Podcasts are a great way to listen to the perspectives and opinions of other people in the Tech industry and you can listen whilst you're walking the dog!