This week I dove into chapter 2 of Apprenticeship Patterns and read the pattern Your First Language. This pattern was about just starting out and only understanding a little bit of one or two programming languages. I thought I would go back to the basics for this week and this pattern would be a good read for that.
The problem this pattern presents is the feeling your job or finding a job depends on your proficiency in a specific programming language. The solution the pattern gives for this problem is to pick a language and become fluent in it. It says whatever language you pick should be your main one for years and will become your default skill you work on when practicing. The pattern mentions the choice is a challenge because it will be the foundation of your early career. Some of the examples the pattern talks about for how you can work on becoming fluent in a programming language is to work on a toy application and write tests for your programs so you can understand what is going on better. A big part of this pattern was finding an experienced coder that you can work with and help mentor you and how it can make the difference in spending minutes on a problem or days. The pattern also mentions the importance of not getting stuck on only using a single language and preventing you from learning a new one.
One of the reasons I chose this pattern is because I can relate to the problem it presents. As a college senior in my last semester finding a job in the software industry will be coming up very soon. I have used several programming languages over my years of school so I have not had to focus on a single language. After reading this pattern I think java should be the language I focus on and become more fluent in because it is the one I know best already. I think I should follow the advice of the chapter and look into working on a small project so I can get better at java. Another thing I would like to do is find a mentor to occasionally help me out. I think that could be very useful for my career. Overall I thought this was a good pattern to read about and it gave me ideas of what I can do to improve my programming skills and create the foundation my career will be built on.