LEAP and Other Apprenticeships: Job Paths for Non-Traditional Background Programmers

(Previous: You Can’t Program a Duck)

From the LEAP website: www.industryexplorers.com

Last week marked my one-year anniversary of working full time as a software engineer!

I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. When I look back to what I could do a year ago, I can see how much I’ve learned and grown as a developer, and I feel really proud of that. At the same time, I can see how much I still don’t know, and I love that part of my job is to keep pushing myself to learn more, one week at a time.

A year ago (last week) is when I started LEAP, a Microsoft-sponsored apprenticeship for non-traditional background programmers. Continue reading “LEAP and Other Apprenticeships: Job Paths for Non-Traditional Background Programmers”


Learn Ruby the Hard Way, Part 1: Command Line

(Click here if you want to read about why I’m writing this series)


I got a recommendation to try Learn Ruby the Hard Way from Ada Developer’s Academy. I figured they must know what they’re doing, since they regularly turn women with no programming experience into full-stack developers.

In the Introduction, titled “The Hard Way is Easier”, Learn Ruby the Hard Way promises that:

If you go through this book, and do each exercise for one or two hours a night, you will have a good foundation for moving onto another book about Ruby to continue your studies. This book won’t turn you into a programmer overnight, but it will get you started on the path to learning how to code.

I thought that was a reasonable promise, given my level of experience. Continue reading “Learn Ruby the Hard Way, Part 1: Command Line”