This is the end…

… of MakerSquare, anyway.

Today is “Career Day,” otherwise known as the day we take over Capital Factory for the evening and show off all the great apps we made for our final projects. Within the next couple of days, I will make it a point to post our presentation slides and the screencast of CrossfitHub in action. In the meantime, you should know that Nick, Justin, and I built a terrific app using Rails 4, Postgres, ActiveRecord, Javascript, jQuery, some sweet Ajax goodness (I’m particularly pleased with how comments on a post will appear immediately after being posted, as inspired by Facebook), Firebase, and Foundation with some custom SASS.

Ever since yesterday, when my student spotlight went up on the MakerSquare blog, I’ve been cracking up about having been pegged as “creative with a tech twist,” which I’ve been joking is someone’s polite way of saying, “she’s got purple hair, talks about music a lot, and likes to cut her t-shirts into new and exciting shapes… and we aren’t sure what to say about that.” I would have preferred that they had said “tech with a creative twist,” but looking at what I wrote 11 weeks ago when asked what excites me about being a web developer, I suppose I can see where they got that.

I do see writing good code as an art form, more now than I did even then. And while I can’t draw, paint, or play a note of music (although I am absolutely a karaoke rockstar), I am a “creative type,” especially since I’ve become a web developer. I can come up with an idea for something cool, and iterate over it until it becomes an idea for something I can build, and then get a team together to actually make it (like Lyric Ipsum). I can create it, figure out what parts of it suck or could just be better, and make those improvements. I can join a team, work on someone else’s inspiration, and still contribute in meaningful ways to the project (I chose to work on CrossfitHub not because I’m at all interested in Crossfit, but because I wanted to work with Justin and Nick and build something big and complicated).

Anyway, tomorrow is the real last day here. We’re going to work on polishing up our resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and GitHub accounts, and do some training for technical interviews. I hear there’s going to be BBQ for lunch, and I’m excited about that, too. (By the way — my LinkedIn already looks pretty sweet, hint hint!)

One Response to “This is the end…”

  1. Awwww, your Grandma and your Mom are your heroes. I don’t understand all the tech stuff, but the personal stuff is going to make you so successful in this world. Congrats on finishing.

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