Dev Academy Bootcamp: Phase 1 – Week 2 — Object Oriented Programming
The focus of this week has been Object Oriented Programming.
During this week I have learnt:
- a lot about classes and fruit trees! (The first activity was creating an Orange Tree Grove and then converting it into a Tree Grove with different types of fruit trees – enough said.)
- introduction to test driven development
- law of Demeter
- private / public
- user stories
- MVP – minimum viable product
- made cookies and ovens (no, not in the real sense)
- parsing data
- MVC – model view controller
- working with others
Wednesday evening our homework was to watch a video on Models, Views and Controllers, to set us up for Thursdays challenges on MVC. We had built a Flashcards console app the day before and on Thursday we had to change it so that it was suing MVC design pattern. I enjoyed this and using classes really started to make sense to me.
It has been good to get to a point where we are making things that do stuff – actually making a flashcard app (even if extremely basic and only in the console) compared with making orange trees, cookies and hospitals.
After completing our Flashcard challenge and making it follow the MVC pattern I was feeling pretty good leading into our first group project on Friday.
I wasn’t too sure what to expect except that we would be working as a team of four Rubyists and building something to do with what we had been learning over the first two weeks. The project was pretty open, we could decide what we wanted to build, obviously though, a console run program was used, as thats all we know so far.
Our group of four has probably focused more on our group processes over the last two weeks then the technical aspects of coding. I have enjoyed this as I have learnt a lot already about working with others in the environment. I feel that this meant that we had a strong base as a group to work from with our project. We took our time with planning out what, when and how we were going to do things. Although we may possibly have gotten bogged down in choosing a product/idea to make if one of the teacher aides hadn’t come over and given some thoughts and suggestions.
A side note – I am really appreciating the way that the teachers and teacher aides at Dev Academy interact with us. When needed we are given the time we need to solve a problem, rather then being given a possible solution to soon and we are also gently nudged in a certain direction when we might be going off on a tangent.
Our planning board started of with a user story and then we had a think about what we needed and then put the parts into the MVC design pattern.
We used a Kanban board when we got into the creating. I really liked the physical nature of using a whiteboard as I enjoyed being able to move the post it notes once tasks were complete.
We unfortunately hadn’t gone over agile roles before we started. Even though as a group we worked really well, I feel that if our roles had been more defined rather then blended we may have been even more efficient. I guess a good learning opportunity!
So, what we made – Cocktail Suggester! Github link – https://github.com/libbyschuknight/cocktail_suggester and a demo.
I really enjoyed working on a group project, right from deciding on the idea to presenting our minimum viable product to everyone at EDA. There are couple of features we nearly got to – printing out the recipe of a cocktail, adding a cocktail to the list.
Cool things from this week:
- learning about the ascii artii gem for the console art / fonts
- on the macbook being able to swipe across when in full screen to go from presentation to code to terminal! (Got rather excited about this one – must be all the presentations I’ve done in the past where I couldn’t do that!)
- oh and MVC has been good, it has tied in a lot of components that now make more sense!
Also this weekend, Rails Girls Wellington has been on at Enspiral Dev Academy and from all the tweets it sounds like it has been a great time. At the RailsGirlsWgtn weekend last year is where I was first introduced to Ruby and where I found out about EDA. A lot has happened since then and I never would have thought I would be actually a student at EDA. It has been one interesting year. I hope to in the future join the cool people that make RailsGirlsWgtn happen. For those that stepped into Ruby and Rails land this year, anything is possible!