Archive for June, 2014


June 27, 2014

Since the last update I did more of the Javascript course. I did some algorithm practice.  I watched a video on “testing on the toilet” at Google while I was ill (which made me laugh). I learned a bit more about security practices (including exactly why you use the standard protocols)

I’m not feeling that confident with the work i’ve done in the last two weeks since work has been busy and i’ve been sick. However I have actually still coded a lot and studied a lot. So confidence! and progress!

Yay go coding!

I am really looking forward to the next quarter. And I must book some holidays and chill for a bit.




June 17, 2014

I’m still going through stuff about the EU Directive on Consumer Rights.

I received an invite to Quibb. Its an interesting work based social network. Or more correctly there are some cool people in the network. I don’t see a lot of discussion, it seems to be more link sharing but I like it. 

No ruby today. Just and c#. I want to rebuild some of this with ruby on rails when I’m more comfortable with it. I have a feeling it will be a lot faster. 

I’m sure there was something else I did today that involved something new that I wanted to mention but with the heat, and lack of sleep I’m forgetting it. 

This weather

June 16, 2014

Its very hot, this weather. The git tutorial is nicely filling in some gaps. I’m up to lab 16. 

I don’t feel like doing more ruby today. I’m sleepy and too warm.

So I think I’ll mess around with c# today. 

Recent progress

June 15, 2014

I looked into “One month rails” and so far have decided not to try that. Like the chris pine book i’m probably passed most of what it can offer.

Instead I spent some time fixing my git ignore not to sent ssh files to github and fixing the connection to heroku for the new ssh keys. That’s all working correctly now. I’m going to finish the git immersion tutorial. I’ve been using it for a while using the github tutorial but I’m still not confident with it so maybe that will help. I’m not sure if it covers branching/removing files but that’s the bit I could do with more practice with.

I’ve started reading the beginning of Hartl’s tutorial. Hartl tutorial is for Rails 4. So I better finish my Rails 3 material first.



June 12, 2014

Finished Rails for Zombies. So starting back working on the Rails project this evening. 

Today I reached “Build Rock Paper scissors” in the Javascript codecademy course during lunchtime. I also went through some more google documentation and tried some basic graphs. its doable so i’ll have something there for the end of the month.  

Writing Rock Paper scissors in Javascript will be funny since I wrote that in ruby last month. 

Ruby on Rails work

June 11, 2014

I’m not really that fond of code schools rails for zombies course. Its doesnt seem as good as the codecademy track. I prefer the material and exercises more tightly coupled. Rather than the lecture up front and the exercises after. I don’t really find the material is presented all that well either. I wouldnt want to have to rely on this for anything. 

But I have a bunch of material on rails to get through after this, and going through any material/exercises is better than nothing. So I might as well finish it up before moving on. Starting Level 5 this evening.  

I was reading through the information on the “Directive on Consumer Rights” coming into affect this week (13th June) and it hit me today and probably everyone who needs to know about this doesnt know about it. Its easy to forget when you are in the global eCommerce loop, how many people don’t have the benefit of hearing about these changes.




June 10, 2014

Adding refreshing JavaScript, this week to the priority list. I need to use it (through Apps script) for work. I read through some of the Google documentation and started the codecademy track during lunch today. I have an idea what will be needed and should be able to hack it up.  However the codecademy track was good for ruby, so it will help me feel comfortable with JavaScript. 

Chapter 6 of engineering software as a service has information on it too, so that might help. I’ll go through that this weekend. 

Tonight continuing on with the railsforzombie tutorial. Starting from level 3. I’m feeling more confident as a programmer. But it’s difficult though as impostor syndrome still hits pretty hard.  I’m just reminding myself I’m technical and programming is all about creating a lot of things in each language. Once you have done that your fine. 



June 9, 2014

I through Ruby OOP1 in the codecademy course, and onto OOP2.


OOP2 completed. Onto rails for zombies part 3.

This week

June 8, 2014

Didn’t get the time I would have liked this week for Ruby on Rails. I had a presentation to give on Agile, Scrum and Kanban. Last Technical presentation this quarter thankfully, as I still have another work project to complete in June.

The talk and workshop, went well and received favorable reviews. I spoke to everyone in the workshop and they were engaged and asked interesting questions. I’m liking Google Presentation, the more I work with it. It’s nice to skip that step of attaching the slides when emailing a group of people after the presentation.

For Ruby on Rails. I still intend to finish the codecademy track. I have to complete OOP1 and OOP2 and i’m done. Maybe I’ll get through it today?

Then Rails for Zombies part 3 onwards. Then back to the project in Ruby 1.9 and Rails 3 and finish that.

I am finding it more comfortable to use the ruby way after covering it in the tutorial. Rather than what I was doing previously which was more C# in ruby, or basically what Google told me was the ruby method for doing a particular thing.

For C#, I’ll need to finish the SpecFlow stuff but that’s going well. I’ve successful tests using Selenium Webdriver in SpecFlow running.

All and all with the work trip this week and visitors on Saturday, I was only programming for about 8 hours this week in the evenings. So a slow week.

Ruby on Rails

June 1, 2014

This week I worked through more of the codecademy ruby course and more of the railsforzombies course. I’m planning on finishing both of these this week (assuming I get the hours free).  

I tried online pair programming and found it really useful. I did not however, speak, we basically paired using I.M and shared textpad for code. So I am still concerned that there might be more problems when speaking. I know the Irish accent is difficult for people. 

I created views using Haml (not too bad). And I deployed an example to Heroku (not too bad, basically like sending code to git).  

A lot of things clicked this week. I just need to work out how to focus giving time to this with other projects using c#. I know they say 1 hour a week for new things. But I dont find that enough to really dig into something and take something useful from it.