I was recently working on creating a quote for a small to medium size Ruby on Rails project.
As I eased into the project, thinking through the data structure, working on user stories, user engagement, what the future of the app would be, finding the “core” of the application and things along those lines, I started to realize how much I have been missing two things.
I’ve recently been working a fair amount on a new blog/website called ImagineWP.
What I’ve discovered as I dig farther into WordPress, what it is, what it does, how it works, themeing and plugins, is that at its core WordPress is code. Of course I knew this before, the entire thing is written in PHP and uses PHP for its theme files and plugin files.
The other evening I spent some time by myself thinking about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. Well, at least the life part of that... and maybe a bit of the happiness part.
At any rate.
I started thinking about what all has been going on in the past few months in my life. The job search. The bit of vacation. Some opportunities that looked really good and fell through... some opportunities that didn't look quite as good but worked out.
And that I think is it. Life.
Now... for the rest of the story. What I've been working on recently.
[caption id="attachment_6284" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Just how similar are these two languages? I'd say it depends if we are talking about syntax or "foundational principles..."[/caption]
After completing the intense three month Ruby on Rails course at the Iron Yard I didn't think I would ever want to learn a new language. I mean, I knew for a fact that those where the three hardest months of my educational experience... and I didn't want to have to go through that immediately again.
As I've been applying for jobs I realized a number of times that there are a lot of junior/entry level jobs out there that don't necessarily ask for or need Ruby on Rails. That wasn't enough to get me to start learning to code with Java, but an opportunity with a local company was.
[caption id="attachment_6277" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Dawson Hanging on a Gate - Hopefully this makes sense with this post by the end... :)[/caption]
I've been asked an interesting question a number of times in interviews over the past week or so. Today I thought I'd explore my response to the following question.
What do you enjoy the most about web development?
Now there is a loaded question if I ever heard one. If I say that I don't really enjoy any of it I probably won't get the job. If I say that I enjoy all of it you'll probably realize that I'm a bit disillusioned with life and move to another candidate.
So how should I respond? With the truth no doubt.
Here is what I really enjoy the most about web development...
Just a bit of context though... (I feel like I need to make sure that we are all on the same page before I get too far.) At the end of June I completed the most difficult educational period of my life - three months at The Iron Yard in Atlanta.
At the end of those three months everyone in my cohort started looking for jobs. So, its been a few months since I started looking and applying for entry/junior level Ruby on Rails positions.
Job hunting is something that I've never really had to do. I've always worked for people that I've known. There were no cover letters, no application process, no resumes, no interviews... So I've been trying to figure the entire process out while doing it for the first time.