This post was written by Drew Kerr, a current Ruby on Rails student here at The Iron Yard in Austin.
We are now one month into The Iron Yard and it has truly been an experience that I am grateful to have had. If you are on the fence about joining a program like this I really hope that my post would help lead you to the right decision. With that said, DO IT!!!! You owe it to yourself and regardless of your background take the challenge head on and embrace it. You won’t be disappointed.
I am in the Ruby on Rails class and it has been a wonderful journey thus far. Sure you are learning how to program but more importantly you are developing a new way of thinking. To be able to develop a skill set so pertinent in today’s world is invaluable. Keep in mind, we are in a day in age where an idea can truly become something tangible, that is extremely empowering and also liberating.
With that said, it has been a ton of work. We have made tremendous progress but there is still work to be done. Our first week we were learning the basics of Ruby and now by week four we are actually building small applications. One thing I want to point out is that this is a learning experience unlike any I have ever had. It actually took some adjusting being able to go into assignments and not know all the answers. The thing I want to convey is that you are learning how to approach a problem in order to solve it. Learning does not stop. You will be given the tools to get started but it will be on you to take it further.
I also would like to point out that the people in the class are very cool. Truly cool. We have people from various careers and backgrounds and it makes for a wonderful experience. So in closing, if you are considering attending a coding bootcamp then give The Iron Yard some thought. The instructors really love what they are doing and one month down I am starting to hit my stride and get acclimated to the craft. I’ll be back with another post after the second month is done. One.