Category Archives: Spring 2020

Beginning Apprenticeship Patterns

This weekend I have begun reading a fascinating book called Apprenticeship Patterns by Adewale Oshineye and Dave Hoover as part of my software development capstone class.

As I was reading through the first chapter, my initial impressions were this book would be helpful but I found it surprising that the authors state there is an actual “need” for books such as this one in order to be successful as new software developers. Before reading this, I was sort of under the impression that entry level positions would be more friendly to new developers with other more experienced developers helping you along the way.  I also found the quote from Pete McBreen to be rather surprising too, I never thought there was an “abundance” of developers, as most articles you read tend to give off the impression there isn’t enough software developers. This first chapter and the way this book is framed in the idea of software development being an apprenticeship has certainly begun to change the way I am thinking about the field and how its not just a job but a lifelong journey.

This section from the first chapter also has begun to change my thinking in how I view my early jobs in software development. I never really thought of the first job you have as a developer in terms of focusing and learning for yourself, I have always thought of it as starting position and performing a task for a company, but I do like this idea of “selfishness” in the beginning.

Chapter 2 seems like a good chapter to start with in this book and will be where I begin with reading and learning about the various patterns. I particularly like the idea of learning how to sort of reset yourself to be able to learn new information from others who are more experienced than you. I find this chapter’s introduction to be especially relatable as in learning I strongly prefer to listen rather than talk so I think chapter will have some good patterns to learn from to further strengthen my learning skills as a listener.

I am also interested in reading Chapter 3, as I find the story of Dave very relatable with having only a small amount of knowledge at the beginning and finding it daunting to know there are others who know so much more than you and how to learn from these people, especially during the beginning of your career.

I want to read Chapter 4 as I agree with the message and want to learn how to strive to continuously improve as a developer instead of becoming complacent and satisfied with the current knowledge of a skill.

Finally, I want to examine Chapter 6, especially with the idea of learning more by reading books and how to do this with regards to software development. In particular, I hope the patterns in this chapter helps elaborate how to find the time and motivation to do so when it is no longer “assigned reading”.

Overall, I am excited to begin diving into the patterns in this book, particularly the ones in the earlier chapters as these seem like they will be the most helpful to me right now with where I am as a developer.

From the blog CS@Worcester – Chris' Computer Science Blog by cradkowski and used with permission of the author. All other rights reserved by the author.

Refamiliarizing Myself with LibreFoodPantry

After reviewing the various links posted on the main LibreFoodPantry website I think the most interesting item to me was the “What’s New” page. I really like the concept of this page and as someone who has been following the project for the past couple of months primarily through Discord notifications, I think it is extremely useful to have a page on the main website that highlights important changes in plain text versus a bot posting GitLab events through Discord. I am a bit surprised there isn’t more on this page yet, given the many new changes to the organization of projects I saw yesterday in the first CS-448 class. I also wonder how this page is different from the announcements channel in the Discord server.

From the blog CS@Worcester – Chris' Computer Science Blog by cradkowski and used with permission of the author. All other rights reserved by the author.

Beginning CS-448

This week is the beginning of the spring 2020 semester and the last course of the software development concentration, CS-448. I am excited to finally be working as a developer on one of the LibreFoodPantry projects and can’t wait to get started!

From the blog CS@Worcester – Chris' Computer Science Blog by cradkowski and used with permission of the author. All other rights reserved by the author.