One of the coolest aspects about reaching this milestone in the course is we were now able to tackle larger projects within small groups. This environment led to a lot of knowledge sharing, and I enjoyed picking up coding techniques and product management strategies from my peers within the cohort. Programming is hardly ever an individual undertaking, so it was a great experience to understand how folks with different backgrounds, skills, and mindsets approach solving the same problems.
Just two weeks in to the Ruby On The Beach bootcamp experience, it's incredible to look back at the software concepts I was struggling with ten days ago and laugh at my own naiveté. Although my goal of becoming a bona fide programmer is undoubtedly still far away, it feels great to make progress every day and I've undoubtedly traversed a massive amount of material already.
"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
For the next nine weeks, this blog will adopt a decidedly different flavor compared to my previous travel writing. During this time I'll be a student at Ruby On The Beach bootcamp, learning software development while living in Ubud, the cultural and artistic capital of Bali, Indonesia. This is ultimately an intellectual experiment in pushing the limits of what I'm mentally capable of, and I'm excited for what's to come.