• New Year in San Francisco

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    March 5th, 2013adminHackbright, San Francisco, Technology

    After a very extended vacation from blogging, I am back! But now I am in a new city (or maybe an old one?), San Francisco, for an exciting reason: I’m learning how to code at Hackbright Academy. Yup, after nearly three years in Istanbul, I came to the end of my strange and wonderful journey. I already miss the street cats and the minarets and the Bosphorous. I especially crave the Turkish breakfasts, with the varied cheeses, laced around tomatoes and cucumber, as well as the menemen and infinite cups of piping hot tea. But, most of all, I miss my friends. It can be an incredibly challenging (though rewarding) experience to be a foreigner, and it makes all of one’s personal relationships all the deeper. So, it was admittedly very difficult for me to say goodbye, and it’s brought me to truly appreciate this next step in my life.

    Yesterday was my first day at Hackbright, which I will blog about later. But, in brief: The group of women is a fantastically varied and interesting bunch, and I was happy to learn about some of them over lunch at Shalimar. We spent the second half of the day reviewing the Command Line Crash Course, followed by some fun maze games on Blockly. The mazes challenged us to “think like a programmer” — in other words, to logically determine how to find a solution, based on creating rules/statements that a frustratingly stubborn man would follow across the maze. My partner, Meggie, and I got to the tenth exercise, which left us (and the whole class, it seemed) rather confused. And this was where we left off — knowing that Exercise 10 presented where we would like to be — with the mental and programming tools to look at the problems presented at Number 10 — to ask the right questions and determine the proper steps to taking apart the issue and, ultimately, finding the answer.

    Now, off to my bus for another day at Hackbright!

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