My name is David, and I’m learning to program in Ruby. I want to be able to execute my own ideas and have a great time doing it. Since I’ve noticed that I work best with a small group of people that share similar educational goals, I’m looking to gather 3-5 others that would like to meet every week or two to work on coding — sort of like a book club, except we are teaching ourselves Ruby. I’m a proud beginner that wants good company and maybe you are, too?
Over the past couple months I’ve made a serious attempt at learning Ruby. I’m doing this so that I can build these web apps,
- A simple one on one Euchre game. This is special to me because it’s something my Mom and I invented and I promised I’d make it for her (but I think others would enjoy it too).
- An online textbook for my Dad. He’s a university prof who’s experimenting with new and exciting ways to teach his students. There are hundreds of online resources to learn how to code but very few on calculus or linear algebra. Could a gamified web app keep a student engaged or even inspire future mathematicians?
- The last is a project I think any beginning Rubyist would benefit from – a gamified environment for learning how to create proper methods in Ruby. Basically, I’d like to reverse engineer http://www.hackerrank.com and make it beginners.
These are just a few ideas I’m pursuing and I know I’m going about it the hard way. Finding an online tutorial is really easy but learning everything on my own has proven difficult. I learn best around others – through experimentation with proper guidance. Where can I find this type of environment? Should I spend thousands of dollars on a bootcamp or join a meet up?
Yesterday I received some awesome advice from Pete Forde. He suggested I create a study group that consists of like-minded individuals. I’m looking to meet people that like to experiment, learn and create. This could be the dead poets society of Ruby! I think the idea sounds exciting.
I’d like to hear from you if you think the idea is exciting too. Respond to this post, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email me through my website, http://www.davidbhurley.com.