I’m a week into the full-time course and I’m already learning that, while true, everything I wrote about in my last blog is only the tip of the iceberg. I know practically nothing. The most reassuring thing is talking to the others in my cohort, and knowing we are in the same boat.

It might be this boat sometimes, that feels like it’s sinking and in the middle of a storm, but at least we are all on it.

Let’s start with a win. I made my very first app from scratch! It rolls dice, that’s it. It’s not big, it’s not clever, and it’s certainly not perfect, but I made it myself. Plus, as a (semi-retired) handmade dice maker, it feels pretty cool to have…


I have just completed my third week of the Makers precourse, now one week away from the full-time bootcamp, and I’ve learnt as much about learning to code as about code itself. It sounds like the same thing, but I don’t think it is.

Let’s talk about memory. When I first started my coding journey I tried to remember everything, writing detailed notes as I worked through the Codecademy Learn Ruby track. What I know now is that this is pointless when you can have all the reference you need on your screen at the touch of a key. …


I’m a nerd, I’ve always been a nerd, and I always will be a nerd. I play D&D, I go to comic-con and I’ve recently developed an obsession with the ecosystem of bugs in my terrarium. Some clichés here maybe, but everyone is a nerd about something.

How I spend one night a week being super cool

When I was young, I wanted to be a doctor, so I got a degree in Biomedical Sciences, and then did absolutely nothing with it; I went travelling, I flirted with a career in interior design, and then I worked in hospitality for a number of years. Being a nerd became a hobby…

Jenny Bell

A baby coder starting her journey at Makers bootcamp

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