So, thinking that I might have a shot at understanding some of the material, I went to the meet-up with a few pals in tow – Wisam (programming whiz, and awesome dude) , Burger Boy Matty M, and Jonny James (handsomest man this side of Yonge St).
The task assigned to us (“us” being the “total beginner table” – shoutout to our table-mates Connie and Tobi, you guys were awesome!) was to complete four tasks, and then collectively come up with some kind of project using Node between the 6 of us. Seems easy enough, right?
Well, the tasks jumped from “wow this is not as hard as I thought it would be,” to “… I don’t even know what these words mean”. Jonny and I paired up and tried to tackle the problems, which was my first time doing a paired-programming exercise, and I’ve gotta say that I really enjoyed it. We ended up only completing two of the four problems, but it was a really great process of brainstorming, coding, troubleshooting, repeat, and eventually triumph. Many fist-bumps were had. I even got to explain for loops using my nacho analogy (ask me and I’ll go into more depth. Also, I want it to be publicly known that I love nachos).