Makers Academy – Week 1

With week one of Makers Academy over I have a feeling of not really knowing what I have learnt. I don’t feel I have gained anything really from the first week and I am not sure to it’s relevance. Except maybe to show us the materials to go to when we get stuck on a project. I am probably just not the sort of person that can sit and do a series of exercises one after the other. I feel I have to work on something or work towards a goal. Do a task that I can be an individual on and not sit and repeat the same thing that I have done 100 times again and again. This I feel however, is probably just me. I get easily frustrated when I do not feel that I am making large steps towards my major objectives. More of which I will discuss in a separate post about my 3 month plan.

I think this feeling of frustration may be largely my own doing, to gain the motivation for doing these tasks, which may indeed help me in the long run, I have had to cut myself off from all background noise and work alone in a room. Even then I have only managed to complete 25 of the 40 or so tasks. Hopefully I can catch up this week. We shall see.

Makers Academy – Intro to Ruby – Day 3 && 4

I have taken the bad habit the last few days of coming into MA a little bit late and not getting as much done as I can. To make up for that I stayed until 8pm this evening, making good use of the quiet room so I was away from the shouts of people playing Ping Pong or Wiff Waff in the main room. I got quite a lot done and concentrated on the “Extra credit” of LearnRubyTheHardWay (an intense but easy, oh the irony, way to learn it).

My proudest moment of the last two days has been managing to whittle 22 lines of code down to just 3 that did exactly the same thing just a lot more efficiently.

  1. from_file, to_file = ARGV
  2. File.open(to_file, “w”).write(File.open(from_file).read())
  3. puts “File #{from_file} has been copied to #{to_file}”

The above code copies one file over another file, these files are input when running the code.

I am certainly learning Ruby the hard way however, but I think that has something to do with the lack of hours I am putting in rather than the content I am using.

p.s. The extra “&” is a geeky joke. Forgive me.