My Bootcamp Goals

It’s easy to lose focus when you are not being held accountable. I already knew this, but I’m living it day to day now. That’s why I’m trying to come up with some goals. I need to be able to concentrate on things that will help me achieve these goals in the most efficient way possible. If something doesn’t work as planned, it may need to be re-evaluated or scrapped altogether.

I talked about some of my goals in episode 5 of the Go Code Yourself podcast (listen at www.gocodeyourself.com or download using your favorite Podcast player), but I wanted to put them in writing- to keep me in check. When I think about it, my main goal is to get up to speed on modern programming languages and practices. This sounds very broad and generic, so I tried breaking it down. I wanted to have some concrete and measurable goals. Here are some of the things I want to accomplish, in no particular order:

  • Be able to perform well on a technical interview
  • Review data structures and algorithms
  • Create small test applications for each major topic covered
  • Create slideshow decks for some of the topics (these can be used as review material later on, or to teach someone else)
  • Dig deeper into data science / data mining / machine learning (I’ve scraped the surface of these topics in the past, but would like to get more hands on experience)
  • Use public APIs to create a usable and useful Web application (already have a few ideas, will share them as I get closer to working on them)
  • Publish my code to GitHub (https://github.com/orlandoferrer)
  • Document as much as possible (topics reviewed, material used, practice exercises)
  • Weekly blog post with progress made, topics covered, and any interesting finding
  • Get better at reading other people’s code (read more open source)
  • Improve Stack Overflow ranking
  • Apply to Hacker School
  • Create slideshow deck with my “bootcamp” experience
  • Read more books
  • Exercise (I won’t be covering this topic on the blog, but I needed the encouragement!)

Whew, looks like I got my work cut out for the next few months!

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