Code & Coffee
Author: John on February 18, 2014
My journey to learn Ruby and Rails started almost one year ago. I'm embarrased to admit, aside from a couple of lunch meetings, I've been traveling down this road on my own. Being new to the language and community, plus the fact that I'm an introvert, I found it hard to get out and meet fellow programmers.
Near the end of last year I decided to try and conquer my fear and looking back on it, I probably should have started with a smaller introduction to the Ruby community. In November of last year I attended Ruby Conf 2013 in Miami, Florida. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed almost everything about my experience there. But I felt so out of place. I went by myself and had no clue on what to expect.
After my experience with Ruby Conf, I decided that I need to take a more gentle approach to entering the fabulous programming community. I looked up RubyJax since I live in Jacksonville, FL. I saw that they host many events - most at the Hash Rocket office at Jax Beach.
So I've signed up for as many meet ups as I could, which include <em>"Code and Coffee."</em> This was hard for me on a couple of levels. First, I still feel inadequate as new member of the Ruby community. Second, I work from home and am really not a morning person. To get up at 6:15am so I have time to shower and drive to Jax Beach is a bit tough. It was especially tough for me today, my second Code & Coffee, because I was not feeling 100%. I enjoyed going last week but in my mind it was clear I was the new guy and I felt really dumb as I was surrounded by so many great programmers.
Then something happened. At this second Code & Coffee, I wasn't the new guy anymore. A new member showed up, I believe his name was Michael, and I was able to talk with him and give some advice based on my experience as a new person to the Ruby community. I hadn't realized how far I have come in my journey. Don't get me wrong, I still have far to go, but when that light bulb went off in my head, it really brightened my day.
Learn Something New Everyday
Last Edited by: John on December 29, 2015