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Jack C.


Madison, WI

Member since:

March 11, 2013

What would you like to learn or gain from participation in Mad-Railers?

After I graduated college with a Chemistry degree, I realized that I didn't enjoy it at all. I searched for a career that I would truly enjoy, and I found out that web development is perfect for me. Programming allows me to use my analytical way of thinking to create something real, which is ultimately where Chemistry failed for me. I am lacking a lot of technical knowledge of Ruby on Rails, so I definitely want to learn a lot about the 'theory' behind the language and programming in general. I also am very excited to meet Madison locals who are as excited about Ruby on Rails as I am.

What's your background with Rails and similar tech?

I majored in Chemistry and I have a LOT of experience in chemistry research labs. I've found that one of the most similar things between chemistry and programming is how much tinkering goes into the process. The scientific method is quite applicable to programming. I started by working my way through the Ruby on Rails tutorial by Michael Hartl and Eloquent Ruby by Russ Olsen. I enjoyed both books and started developing a couple of websites based on what I've learned. However, I realized a more formal education would be better for me. I'm enrolled in Tealeaf Academy and working through their 3-pary Ruby on Rails course.

Are you working with Rails professionally?

No, I'm not, but that is certainly my goal!


Aspiring Ruby on Rails developer - eager to absorb everything I can!

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