I came to the programming party a little late in my college career, only having a year and a half of classroom experience under my belt. Due to my limited CS background, I was rather anxious to start work at a web development startup, fearing my qualifications were not up to par. However, my feelings of inadequacy quickly subsided after starting at DockYard! I was welcomed by a comfortable learning environment and an atmosphere of positivity and productivity. My coworkers are very approachable and always willing to answer my questions. Because of DockYard’s intimate size I am able to see all sides of the business, and get to know everyone in the office.
In addition to all the reading, I have worked on a small side project: a simple blog site (my introduction to test-driven development) that I rebuilt 3 times, each time adding more features. The saying, “repetition is the mother of all learning”, has certainly resonated with me after this exercise. Also pair programming with others in the office has also been extremely helpful, giving me an idea of the day-to-day. Overall, I feel lucky to be at DockYard in the midst of the growing field of web development. Already I can say my experience has been invaluable and I thoroughly look forward to the rest of the summer.