NSS Bootcamp Week 1 Recap

I started my bootcamp journey this week and it’s been interesting; I’ve met some really great people, felt validated then almost immediately deflated, and have more certainty than before that this is something that I want.

Code Bootcamp is hard. Make no mistake. We took baby steps this week until about 10am Tuesday (Day 2). Then they threw us in the water. It’s really cold, and I’m not certain there’s a bottom, but I, for now at least, appreciate the teaching methodologies they are using. It’s scary, no doubt, but I think it really instills  a hunger for learning.

So far we’ve “built” four REALLY basic websites/application, styled using CSS, and today we jump right into JavaScript. There’s no way to “know” it all. It’s staggering how much there is out there. I can’t even think of a good metaphor for it. Even 10 years from now I’ll probably only ever have touched 30% of what you can do. I have worked 15 years with Adobe Photoshop and can retouch with the best of them, but I’m pretty sure I still only ever knew about 50% of what you can do with it. But with PROGRAMMING multiply that times EVERY language and it gets pretty deep rather quickly.

I really think I’ve stumbled upon a truly life changing thing here. I feel like I’m going to make lots of great friends and colleagues through these 6 months. The network has begun! Bonus – I’ll probably get my ping-pong game back up to boot!

#TeamNodeDoubt #UnicornStrong #NodetoriousBIG #DRY #theSnackery #NodeDiggity #IDontReallyKnowWhyImHashtagging

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OPEN HOUSE at NSS! UI & UX Commencement

I made it through!

Some of you have heard, some have read, but I’ve been taking a professional development course over at Nashville Software School; UI & UX For Digital Product Design. Whelp, today is our commencement celebration!

Four months (really 3, but who’s counting) of mind bending and shaping have really changed my perception of how I interact with the world and how I should hope to improve how others interact with the things have a hand in creating.


The Open House is Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the snazzy new NSS space. Here’s a link to the NSS blog posting for the event.

Nashville Software School
500 Interstate Boulevard South 3rd Floor,
Nashville, TN 37210

Come say hey, or just to check out the new space! Free food and beverages too!