This was my first time at General Assembly Seattle. It is in the heart of downtown, in a older marble hallway style downtown building with a security guard, very different from the nearby hipster Galvanize space. However, once you actually get up to the third floor and you are in the General Assembly offices…pretty much the same. Basically a hybrid of startup and community college.
The workshop I attended was 6 hours, from 10 am – 2 pm, with a 30 minute break for lunch. The workshop costs $120 but I bought it around Black Friday/Cyber Monday for 50% off. I have done a few intro JS courses online and attended a free 1 hour Intro to JS course at Galvanize but this is the first in person course I have paid for. My goal was to use it as a barometer for what I had learned so far and hopefully cement some of my previous learning.
How did it go? Well I pretty much lucked out. It seems that often these things are led by a student at the school or recent graduate, which has its benefits, but we happened to have an instructor with both a formal computer science and math education plus a full career as a programmer/manager of programmers at Microsoft. The best part of the workshop was the incredibly in depth answers he was able to give us no matter what question we asked. It was awesome! I am going to poke around for opportunities that are similar to office hours with experienced programmers because I thought it was a really valuable experience. I would definitely have paid just to sit in a classroom with that guy for 6 hours and ask general questions.
If you are curious about what we covered here are the buzz words for you:
- Data Types