We did a 2 hour Installfest Friday night, complete with delicious sandwiches and salad from ModMarket. We got our machines setup with everything we needed to become beginner programmers.
The next day we started our RailsBridge Intro to Rails course. What I loved about this workshop was that there was a track for everyone – beginner, intermediate, and advanced – and each person was free to move at her own pace. While I had never coded in Ruby before, I did have some experience in other languages (like Python and HTML), so I was able to move through some of the basics a little faster than others who had never done anything before.
The TAs were also amazing! A big thanks to GoSpotCheck, SendGrid, and Galvanize for sending such awesome experts! (I’m sure I’m forgetting someone, so if I am please let me know…) Whenever I had a question they were so wonderful at not only telling me where I went wrong, but also explaining any concepts I was curious about. They made learning something new fun and comfortable.
The experience was overwhelmingly positive and the response was incredible! We had far too few spots for the demand and hope to do another one of these in the future. If there is ever a RailsBridge in your area I highly suggest you attend!