Another sunny, sunny day in Bristol. It’s been so nice to be able to work at home with the doors wide open. (Our new house has big glass panels in tje kitchen which open fully – I love sitting in there to work with them open) This weekend was quite a lazy one – Friday afternoon, I shopped, Saturday, I wore this and worked on my not-so-secret project (I’m still quite nervous about telling people about it so I’m a little reluctant to talk more about it until it’s in a presentable state!) and Sunday, my friend Julian came over and started teaching me some Ruby. Because I don’t have enough to do in my spare time apparently.
Ruby is quite a nice language to learn if you’re new to coding, and it has a community around it that encourages girls to get involved, which is always awesome. A few weeks ago, Julian was helping out with the first Rails Girls event in the UK over in Bath. There’s a London event later this month (applications are now sadly closed) but I’m certain that there will be lots more soon. If you want to get started now, tryruby.org is a browser based tutorial which talks you through everything.
I wanted to learn Ruby because I’ve been meaning to learn a language for a while. I didn’t have any particular projects in mind, but Julian talked me through an example app, and at the bottom of the page, it suggested other projects that you could work through. One of them was a thing to build a map of where attendees of an event were from…sound familiar? I was so excited to see that – so I started working on a version that will replace my bloggers map with an automated version – no more waiting for me to update! (If you’re interested in that sort of thing, you can find it on my GitHub page – it’s nice to be using my account for more than a joint to-do list!)