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Bikes, planes and battleships

2b_battleships_lrg (2)


“It does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop.” (Confucius)

So far things are going well, I seem to be making progress. Nothing to get super excited about but progress nonetheless.

We have been busy, continuing our previous week’s work on a model of the bike rental scheme for London. We call it ‘Boris Bikes’. This led to a final exercise of modelling an airport, making sure planes could only land when the weather conditions were favourable.

The great thing about these exercises is that they are flexible. We have different levels of newbie-ness, with some of the students being quite advanced so our teachers built the exercises in a way that we can all get the most out of them.

I’m still struggling to finish my airport though. There’s a “grand finale” scenario, where all the planes have to land and depart at the same time (I know, a pretty crazy airport) and I haven’t found a way to make it work just yet.

We spent week four learning to work in groups. The actual goal of the week was to work on a version of the game Battleships with colleagues and survive the week. It sounds simple, but people find this week challenging for many reasons.

For me the fact that I was not able to contribute as much as I would have wanted to my team made some days uncomfortable. Luckily my colleagues were always keen to explain anything I didn’t understand so I could stay in the loop.

Things are going to get even more complicated now with new frameworks that’ll help us finally create web apps. But that’s ok. For now, working hard everyday seems to be paying off. Even if it doesn’t seem fast enough.

I’ll continue to track my progress.