Apprenticeship Week 1

By Matthew Cowie  ·   April 3, 2013  ·  1 minute read

Topics: Apprenticeship

Only one week into the apprenticeship and already I've learned much!

Matthew Cowie was Neoteric Design’s spring 2013 apprentice, learning topics in backend development, database design, and Ruby on Rails. He continued on to become Neoteric’s developer.


Only one week into the apprenticeship and already I’ve learned much! We’ve brushed up on the basics of Ruby, gone into testing with Cucumber and RSpec, and I’ve gotten to observe some code mantenence. My main piece of work has been an example project to solidify those skills. With Joe, I’ve been working on an implementation of the game Mastermind, enforcing proper style guides and frequent testing. Learning how testing can help inform design has been one of the big takeaways of this week.

I’ve also gotten to observe a number of business processes. Seeing how Neoteric manages their many projects and delegates work has been interesting and informative. I’ve also gotten to sit in on an agile planning session, something I’m looking forward to learning more about. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect coming into this program, but so far it’s brought a lot of new experiences and I’m excited to delve in deeper in the weeks to come.