Week 7 Day 4 – Padawans on a Boat

Padawans on a Boat

Padawans on a Boat

Yesterday we took a day off and went to a boat trip organized by the Rails Girls Summer of Coade team and Applift.
They invited us to this lovely house boat on lake Tegel for an afternoon with cookies and BBQ, nice conversations and sun!
I have to say that the weather was perfect. Blue sky, warm sunshine. And a lake. This must be heaven.
So, no more words. We let pictures speak!

Sun and Water <3

Sun and Water <3

Padawans on a Boat

Padawans on a Boat

Having fun with awesome people

Having fun with awesome people

Having fun with awesome people

Having fun with awesome people

Goodie Bag

Goodie Bag

Colorful Hair

Colorful Hair

Magda & Laura

Magda & Laura

Padawans Love <3

Padawans Love <3

Sunset on the lakeside

Sunset on the lakeside

Hello frOScon, hello RedFrogConf!

Hello Froscon

Hello Froscon

Padawans on Tour! This weekend we traveled to Cologne for our talk on RedFrogConf As you can see, we had a lot of fun :) See some visual impressions:

We started very, very early in the morning from Berlin….

Padawans on Tour

Padawans on Tour

The lack of sleep caused a photo session….

We are selfie queens!

We are selfie queens!

And the people around us didn’t like the fun we had :)

Magda taking pictures

Magda taking pictures

We arrived to Cologne around 10 in the morning and took a nice walk around the city center, to the office of ArangoDB. Our coach Lucas is working there and allowed us to leave our luggage before we hit on the sightseeing tour.
Together with the nice people of ArangoDB we had a delicious lunch (picture is missing because of hunger) and then we walked towards Ehrenfeld to have a coffee and see more of the city.

Ute showed Magda her favourite coffee place in Cologne. And Magda liked it a lot.

Coffeebreak

Coffee break

We spend the evening with Ellen, Lucas, Bodo, Dirk, Bodo’s brother and his girlfriend.

And after a short night we went to the conference.
Unfortunately I (Ute) took no pictures on Saturday. Mayby because the day was overwhelming with its impressions. And maybe because we had to finish our talk preparations.
But believe us, we had fun. Especially in the evening.

Sunday was the big day for us! Our first talk. We were excited. Everything went well and we got a lot of positive feedback.
We also got invited to give the talk on RailsCamp again in September. A very nice event by the way. You should definetly come there and say hello to the Padawans.

Yay our first talk on a conference!

Yay our first talk on a conference!

Mentor Bodo is also a speaker

Mentor Bodo is also a speaker

Having a lot of fun!

Having a lot of fun!

Bällebad Action

Bällebad Action

Okay, you might think that we only had fun on that weekend. Yes, you are right. We had.
But we also learned a lot.
About executable documentation for example. This was very interesting and gave us the inspiration for our next gem :)

Executable Documantetion

Executable Documantetion

We can only say that the weekend was great! We met a lot of friends and made new ones. We had interesting conversations. We got job offers. This is our Summer of Code!
We gave our first talk.

Week 6 – Collaborative Division

Jedi Super Power of the Week 6 - Collaborative Division

Jedi Super Power of the Week 6 – Collaborative Division

This week’s super power is easy to guess, if you read the previous blog posts.
Magda and I divided our powers, using our special skills to do the best for our project. Through this „collaborative division“ we managed a lot.

Sometimes we have to decide if Synergy is the right Super Power to use, or if it’s better to seperate for a while and complete tasks on our own, using our own special personal skills.

Week 6 – Preparations

We have a Logo. And Shirts for our Talk at froscon

We have a Logo. And Shirts for our Talk at froscon

This week was a little bit different than other weeks of our journey.
Besides of working on Ataru we had to prepare our first talk for a conference: the RedFrogConf
RedFrogConf is a subconference of frOScon, happening on 23.&24.8. in Sankt Augustin near Cologne.
We submitted a talk about our Summer full of Code and got accepted. So we had to prepare a 30 minutes talk aaaaand give the keynote of day 2. Pretty exciting, isn’t it?

Since I (Ute) have a passion for colors, typography and Phostoshop, we decided to devide our powers to get the best results.
While Magda was digging deeply into Ataru (and believe me, she did an AMAZING job!), I created some slides in Star Wars style:

Working on the slides

Working on the slides

I really like to work with Photoshop, so the whole presentation is made out of a very big psd-file :)

A Star Wars opening crawl

A Star Wars opening crawl

But we wanted something more than just slides fitting to our Padawans corporate design.
The talented Rebecca Konrad created Padwan logo for us. It unites the official Padawan sign, the Rails Girls roots and the coding part of our journey. Beautiful! You can see it at the first picture above.

Time was running fast, but we managed to get some T-shirts printed, we could later wear during our talk.
Week 6 ended with traveling preparations and the Padawans are looking forward to a great, exciting weekend.

Podcast Time – Bits of Berlin

We were guests of a podcast again: Bodo and Tam from Bits of Berlin invited the ladies from the RapdiFTR Team and us to speak about our Rails Girls Summer of Code journey.
You can listen to this episode here:

We absolutely recommend to follow Bits of Berlin. They have interesting guests and listening to their podcast simply makes a lot of fun :)

Week 5 – Passion gives us wings to fly

Secret Jedi Super Power - Passion

Secret Jedi Super Power – Passion

This week we wrote a letter to Ataru and made it become more than a project or something we do to learn coding. Ataru is now alive and „our baby“. We understand more of the big picture and we have also passionate feelings about our work.

So passion is the Secret Super Power of Week 5. It’s the passion that makes us think differently now.
If you ever had that feeling, you were really into something, you know what we mean.
Passion will help us to resist the dark side of the force and give us the wings to fly :)

Week 5 Day 3 – The path to enlightment is long

Today we went for two other issues:

  • making it possible to check more than one markdown file at once
  • name test methods after the name of the related markdown file.

 

Week 4 – Friendship is magic

Secret Jedi Super Power of the Week - Friendship

Secret Jedi Super Power of the Week – Friendship

This week we re-discovered the greatest super power ever: friendship.

It all began with the last weekend at eurucamp. We met a lot of fantastic people there and could once again realise, how open and supportive is the Berlin’s Ruby community.

eurucamp friday hug <3

eurucamp friday hug <3

Having friends is more than having fun together. Friends help each other. As learners, we every single day acknowledge, how special it is to have around people, that spend their time coaching us.

We with our coaches Jan & Sebastian

We with our coaches Jan & Sebastian

And you shall not take it for granted. We are blessed padawans.

Some of those wonderful eurucamp people became our friends during the week after the conference. Even more magic happened and two of them began to support us as remote coaches.
Meet Dirk and Lucas from Cologne. Lucas is working for ArangoDB and Dirk is a freelancing Rails developer.

Meet Dirk & Lucas from Cologne

Meet Dirk & Lucas from Cologne

We finished the week with some artwork.

a visual draft of Ataru

a visual draft of Ataru

As we decided the day before we created a visual draft of Ataru. It will help to show us the big picture.

So week 4 is officially over. Hard to believe, the time flies!

Week 5 Day 2 – Make Ataru talk

Yesterday we wrote down the functionality we want to implement by the end of our next sprint:

  • a command line interface
  • checking many markdown files at once
  • naming the test methods created for each code sample after the name of the coresponding markdown file.

Today we implemented a very simple command line interface, made an executable file and created a gem out of the Ataru files. You could install Ataru now, if you wanted to :)

On the way we learned about the standards for command line interfaces.

 

 

Week 5 Day 1 – A letter to Ataru

Today we held our first proper Ataru design meeting with Jan. We spent over two hours talking about the tool’s functionality. The crucial part is how Ataru will actually test the code samples from the documentation files. It became clear, that this is also the tricky part.

The first idea we had – to connect the code samples to already existing tests for the application –  cannot be realized.
We had to find another way to solve that problem.

It took us quite some time, but finally we came up with another solution, that we’ve shared with our coaches on github, asking for their opinions. They gave their okay. We were proud to have found this solution by ourselves.

At the end of the day, we have learned few very important facts about software developmment:

  • finding a solution to a problem can take time
  • talking helps a lot to find it
  • writing code is only one part of developing a project.