After one week of Code Academy my mind is off and running. We have barely lifted off and I have already started to get all sorts of ideas in my head. We started to dig into the Ruby programing language, create the basic structor for a rails app, and I have a stack of great books to start reading.
I couldn’t have asked for a more diverse group of people to learn with. The skills and knowledge that everyone has might be the single greatest thing about Code Academy so far. Sure I have started to get going with Rails, creating a very basic rails app with a few basic links and pages, but what I have learned from everyone just talking and sharing what they know has been amazing so far.
I can see how having more of a mindset about creating ideas and bringing those ideas to life is way more then just learning code and slapping an app together. It’s about thinking through what it is that you want to build at its core. Getting into the entrepreneurial mindset is what will really help carry my ideas through. I have to believe in the product I am creating, otherwise why even build it? Who is this product for and how will it help that person using the product be better at what they do? Those are questions that all relate to building a better product, but have nothing to do with a web app or technology. It’s what my product is at the core and that will never change.
So week 2 is beginning and I have a big hill to climb. Keeping myself and my product focused is important, but also is learning the code side of things as well. Since that’s truly what I am here for. After week one however, I now know that I will be learning much more then just Ruby on Rails.