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Great meeting as always! Glad to see I'm FINALLY getting the hang of at least the first couple steps of FizzBuzz.
Also, I just found this, thought you guys would enjoy it!
0 · March 18, 2013
Also, Bill, my username at GitHub is Brian-Hudson.
You're all set up. Glad you enjoyed yourself: you did great!
Tonight's the night!
As always, if you have any trouble with the outside door being locked, call my cell[masked] and someone will let you in.
Exciting news! I've just posted "HOW TO: Graduate from Fizzbuzz" on GitHub: https://github.com/WestMichiganRubyTraining/discussion/issues/10
If you're not part of our GH organization yet, send me an email with your GH username and I'll hook you up. (GitHub and the organization are both free)
0 · March 7, 2013
Very pleased to see so many people from the group signing up to go the regular session on Monday. If you can, please come!
For those interested in The Factory training program, I expect Dan Morrison (the instructor) to be at the meeting, so you could say hello and ask him questions about the setup.
0 · February 28, 2013
The FizzBuzz Speed Challenge is online: https://github.com/WestMichiganRubyTraining/discussion/issues/7
Bring it on! :-)
Even if you're not ready to post your own time yet, there's a complete implementation there for analysis: take advantage. Plenty of time left to become hardcore before the next session...
Anybody who's not in our GitHub organization yet, email me and I'll get you hooked up so you can play along.
0 · February 26, 2013
Unfortunately, I missed in February because I was out of town. Just so you know, The Factory just announced a 6-week course on Ruby/Rails development that they will be hosting starting March 19. There is a cost, but thanks to some partnerships, you can apply for a scholarships which reduces the costs to just $100. More details here: http://workthefactory.com/colearning/teaches/intro-to-ruby
While I plan to apply, I will also attend these meetups. Never can have too many opportunities to learn!
0 · February 25, 2013
I mentioned that The Factory had something in the works at the meeting: glad to hear they've got dates nailed down. Sounds like a great opportunity. Thanks for the link, Adam!
1 · February 25, 2013
I signed up. Hope I can get a scholarship...
Does applying for the scholarship also reserve my seat in the class. I filled out the form, but if I don't get accepted I would still like to know I have a seat in the class so it doesn't fill up while I wait to hear back. Anyone know?
Thomas, that's a good question, but I have not heard. I would shoot an email over to [masked] if you have not already. Someone there should be able to answer that for you.
Sure hope we can get past the first parts of FizzBuzz. Since we have to start over each time we never get past the JSON output.
0 · February 20, 2013
This is why regular practice between sessions is so important: 2 hours a month isn't enough time to make any progress. The first 3 steps won't take more than 5 minutes once you're fluent with them and not fighting with syntax, etc. Also, feel free to ask for help if you're having trouble.
Contrar, when we knew already where we were going and coded accordingly you made us rip it all out a go a single step at a time. We can't get anywhere we havent already been that way.
This is the Code Kata idea, the more you do a task, the better it sinks in. Creating a method, creating a class, looping, comparing, etc, these are something you will be doing a lot of in your future of a Ruby programmer. Bill wants this to be second nature, he wants this to be muscle memory. There will come a time when you can hammer the entire 7 steps of FizzBuzz out in the first half hour. At which point I'm sure he will ask you to do it again. :)
Also I think I heard talk about doing a project once a majority of us have this muscle memory down.
Couldn't have said it better myself, Ben. I think with even 5 minutes a day of practice everybody could be to the testing section in 15 minutes by the next class. And yes, once we've got the core group comfortable with these concepts all sorts of project opportunities open up!
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