Yesterday we had our first ever collaborative coding session and I think overall everyone found the session useful as well as enjoyed the company of their fellow Swabbies because we didn't leave Bourbon until close to 7pm. For anyone that wasn't able to make it, we're sorry we missed you and we look forward to seeing you soon.
By request, we set up a weekday session this week for those that couldn't make it out yesterday (more information appears below). Also, we have a new code challenge for you to take a stab at if the first one wasn't enough. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that code challenges are now bi-weekly instead of monthly but tackle them at your own pace.
Our next meetup is scheduled for tomorrow, February 19th, for those of us that couldn't make it out on Sunday. If you were able to make it out yesterday and want to attend this one we're more than happy to see you again on Tuesday.
Since we'll be a pretty small group tomorrow, we're just going to meet in the upstairs seating area of the Pret A Manger in Union Square on 17th and Broadway from 6:30pm - 9pm. If you need to come later like around 7pm or 8pm that should be fine.
We're also going to have our weekend coding sessions every other Sunday rather than every Sunday and will schedule a weekday session on the Tuesday immediately following the weekend session. To be clear, we won't be meeting this upcoming Sunday, but will be meeting on Sunday, March, 3rd and will have a weekday session on Tuesday, March 5th.
I hope the readings suggested last week have been helpful. This week's reading is on regular expressions and for you guys that are cranking through the code challenges these readings may help you come up with a solution. :)
It was awesome to see a good bit of people come out to work on their project ideas yesterday. If anyone is looking to jump on a project or is looking for someone to work with them on a current project don't be afraid to send a note over the mailing list.
Quick shout outs
Shout out to Bourbon Coffee for reserving the entire space in the back for us last night. Also, shout out to everyone that was able to make it out yesterday -- we had a really great time and I'm glad to have seen some familiar faces as well as meet some interesting new people.
Code Challenge #2
Using any programming language you choose, write a program that counts the number of words in a string and outputs the number of times a given word appears in the string. Your program should ignore case and non-word characters and output the number of times a given word appears such that the sentence "I really, really, really love it when my dog licks my cat." will return 3 for the for the word "really", 2 for the word "my", 1 for any other word in the sentence and 0 for any word not found in the sentence.
BONUS: Adjust your program so that it also returns a total word and character count for a given string. (link to original post)
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or suggestions and have a great week!