Prework- The SQL

I was introduced to Ruby last week while I was doing the Flatiron School pre-work assignments. I was amazed by how easy this programming language is compared to Java, the first programming language I learned. One thing that stands out in Ruby is that there are different ways to do the same thing– the different types of loops for example: for , while, until loops, the .each method to iterate through an array,  and more.  School  classes (with lectures) start in two weeks. I can’t wait to learn more about Ruby and start building practical web applications with it.
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You’re The Ruby Of My Eye

I’m advancing on my pre-work tasks. Got the Git part done yesterday and downloaded the software for my Mac. From today till Sunday it will be learning  Ruby and it will be  intensive.

My goals for the week is to get as far as I can in the Codecademy Ruby tutorial.
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Lean Weekend

From 6pm on Friday (Oct 18th 2013) to 6pm on Sunday (Oct 20th) I participated in the Lean Startup Machine event in New York City.  This workshop taught participants, through practical exercises, the importance of validating an idea for a product before building  it.  By going out on the streets and talking to strangers, we were able to understand who would be the target customer, pinpoint their most impending problem, and verify if the hypotheses about them were true.
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Going Commando

Yesterday my goal was  to go  through the command lines tutorial. I enjoyed the Treehouse videos, but they were not enough.  I am getting more in depth in this topic than I should, just for the hell of it.

Learning how to navigate using command lines is foreign to me, so most of the commands such as touch, cat, cd, tail, and grep sounded bizarre at first. After a few video tutorials, get a hang of it easily. Blake, our instructor, mentioned that if students wish not to learn this well now it is fine. This is one of those things that you will eventually learn with practice as you must use it in every web development project you do.  “It’s similar to playing soccer”, he metaphors. “Say that you are learning to pass the ball.  It does not really matter if you can’t get the concept of it in your first try, you will end up using it so many times while you are playing the sport ( as passing the ball is a fundamental part of the game, unless you are a selfish show-off being) that you will learn by doing.
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