May 10, 2013
If you have never experienced any koans (there are koans for a lot of other programming languages) it is an interesting way to learn a new language. Each koan is designed to teach you a different aspect of the language by having you modify code in unit tests to get them to pass. As you pass through each koan the topics get more advanced.
So far I have only worked through the first 3 or 4 Groovy koans, but I am picking up things pretty quickly. The more I work and learn about Groovy I like how simplified it is compared to Java. I am really loving the auto properties and that it already has closures. I can't wait to get into some of the more advanced topics in the later koans.
**Side Note: Groovy Koans utilize Gradle for building and running the tests so you can get a nice preview of how easy it is to use Gradle over Ant and Maven. I am thinking Gradle will become my new build tool.
November 10, 2012
Earlier this year I started to get the itch to do some learning of languages other than Java and C#. I randomly came across a blog post about a site that had a developer pledge to do a coding assignment once a week for a year. It was called Code Year and it was pretty fun, but at a certain point I got busy with other things and fell behind by more than a few weeks. Last month I realized I was over 30 weeks behind and wanted to catch up. I made a pledge to do t least one assignment a day until I caught up.
I am proud to say that I have not only caught up on Code Year, but I have now completed every available training assignment on the site. So far I have learned jQuery, CSS, Python, and Ruby to a point where I can actually write meaningful code in each of them. If you are looking to branch out I suggest you check out the site.
*Codecademy – www.codecademy.com
*Code Year – www.codeyear.com
May 2, 2012
My new position uses a completely different technology stack. I’ve gone from maintaining older Struts applications with no ORM tools to now working with the following stack:
So far I have only done some small things with each of these, but I will be starting a new project soon and expect to have this stack mastered by its completion. Wish me luck!