Whew! I’ve been accepted into the Rails Engineering program at the IronYard! I’m really excited about this new chapter in my career. This is something that I have been really been wanting to do for about 5+ years and now with my wife’s full support, I am charging ahead with getting as prepped as I can be. Typing, Ruby and Git will be my focus for the next 3 weeks. My instructor will be Shelby Switzer.
There is a new FREE git education resource that Michael Hartl introduced a day ago by Michael Bates on his new publishing platform, Softcover and its great. Check it out if you are wanting to get knowledgeable about the really important functions needed for the command line for any new developers.
I read a blog post from Jeff Atwood concerning the “seriousness” of typing speed for software developers, ie, he could not take a developer serious enough if they could not touch type fast enough to type out what they are thinking when coding.
This is a very weak area for me. I have developed a combo huntNpeck and touch type method of typing, but it is far from accurate and far from productive. If I want to be taken seriously as a developer, I need to ramp up my skills before the Iron Yard Class starts March 31. I have about a month to get serious and then 3 months of classes to get seriously considered when I complete the course.
My current goal is to practice three times a day. I do not know where it will take me, but Atwood was scoring 84WPM with 100% accuracy when he wrote that blog post….seems like a lofty goal, but I have to shoot for something. I am starting in the 20WPM with 60% accuracy…ugh!