Ruby On Rails: The Project

I wanted to know people's stories. How they got into this industry. What they liked about it, what they didn’t. When they would mention a word I didn’t know, which was most words I would interrupt and ask for a definition. Which would then lead down another path in the conversation. The questions I used are the same ones I use everywhere, with everyone. And I have Tim Ferris to thank for them:

  • Top five learning resources to get into bla bla…i.e. Books, movies, youtube videos, short or cheap courses...

  • Self-care habit or just habit you’ve taken up that’s improved your mental health or productivity or quality of life.

  • If you could sum up all your years of wisdom into one piece of advice that you could give to someone younger and inexperienced what would it be?

These questions always lead to interesting conversations and I'll be writing about all the wise wisdom I gleaned from these incredible people in future blog posts. 

You can even check out one of the coaches blog...

Lunchtime was the moment I realised that these people, who were milling around me clutching coffee, where probably some of the smartest people I had ever been in a room with.

The quote: ‘If you’re the smartest in the room, you’re in the wrong room.’ Came to mind, and I decided I was most definitely in completely the right room.

After lunch and my shameless networking session we had the option to choose our own  adventure.

One workshop was on the scaffolding side of things. Looking at how ruby gems work and how to get them to do what you want. The other was on the user side of things or making stuff look pretty.

I chose the latter. 

The workshop was held in a back room. Our coach, Nick, immediately started by pulling up He then proceeded to use the Inspect tool, that up until then for me had always only been an annoying accidental click that pulled up a very complicated page of code. Using that tool he changed all of the titles to comic sans, all the images to cat pictures, and made the background bright pink.

This was only in his browser however and naturally my first question was how could you do that so that everyone would see it like that.

Apparently that's hacking, and it’s illegal.

After the workshop we stopped for cupcakes. 

Then we split off into groups to start on our “project”. Our “project” had been hinted at up until this moment with ominous delight. The people at our table formed a group. We started brainstorming. Deciding that we wanted some wholesome, relatable content that had substance and was educational.

A gallery of memes was the project.

My sister came alive. I’ve never been fully on board with 'Da meme way'. But it was fantastic to see her face, which up until that moment had been fluctuating between confusion, frustration and outright terror at all the coding stuff, light up. She took change brilliantly, suggesting that we make memes of the RailsBridge coaches.

Relatable, and almost like an injoke. She went off to take pictures of our coaches. While the rest of the team started creating the website.

By the end of the day we had an idea of what we wanted and even better, a vague idea on how to achieve it!

We walked out of our first day at RailsBridge overwhelmed but excited.