We are coming to the end of Phase 4 of 5 at Flatiron. I honestly can’t believe we’re this close to the end. My time in this program has flown by. When they tell you at the beginning that this bootcamp is “like drinking water from a fire hose”, they’re not joking! This phase we switched gears and dove headfirst into JavaScript land. This was the phase I was the most excited for because my goal is to be a front-end software engineer. I’m planning on learning Vue and React post graduation. For this project, we we’re tasked with creating…


One of my favorite inventions of the last decade is the food truck. Okay, I’m sure they were are around before, but their gain in popularity in the last ten years is undeniable. You can visit almost any city and you’ll find a gourmet grilled cheese truck parked outside of a busy office building, a tamale truck posted up in front of a brewery, or a wood fired pizza truck at a private wedding. Food trucks are everywhere. In Knoxville, TN, where I live, there are tons of amazing food trucks to choose from. Yelp search results returns 104 trucks…


Ruby, Pawel Olek

So far in my journey learning to code, Ruby on Rails has been my favorite language to dive into. Ruby on Rails is an incredibly powerful and flexible open-source programming language. As someone that loves structure, I love RoR because the documentation is so comprehensive and the language itself is pretty straightforward and human-friendly. Unlike Java Script, which I’ve found to have a lot more of a learning curve because it’s more of an “anything goes” language. The wild west of code. But not Ruby. It’s such a powerful language because in a matter of hours, you can go from…


Have you ever wondered what happens when you type www.google.com into your browser, and in a blink of an eye, bam! You’re on Google’s home page? It’s pretty amazing how such a complicated process can just look like magic to a user. We do this lots of times throughout the day. We make what’s called HTTP requests using our browser. And then in under a second, a LOT is going on under the hood. We take it for granted and most people don’t even think about how it actually works.

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If you posed this question to a software engineer, you…


So now that I’m in my 3rd phase (of 5) of my bootcamp program at Flat Iron School, I’m starting to feel like my head is above water enough to start digging a little deeper into other topics in computer science besides just object oriented programming. It’s becoming apparent to me that what I’ve learned in the last few months, while it’s felt like drinking water from a fire hose, is actually only the tip of the computer science iceberg. Wild, huh?

I thought it would be fun to do a weekly series called Discovering the Magic of Code. As…


Welcome page of Romp!

Whew! Phase 2 of my software engineering program at Flat Iron got here fast. We are approaching the end of this phase which means one thing: project mode. We have been learnings tons of fun new things this phase- from CSS and HTML basics to ActiveRecord, SQL, and finally Sinatra. For this project, we were instructed to use Sinatra to build a content management system application. Our app must meet the following requirements:

  1. Build a Sinatra app using models, views, and controllers
  2. Use ActiveRecord
  3. Use multiple models
  4. Utilize “has-many” and “belongs-to” relationships
  5. Users must be able to sign up, sign…

My Neighbor Totoro, 1988

I have always been a huge fan of the Japanese illustrator and director Hayao Miyazaki. He has made many beloved films such as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service to name a few. For my first CLI Ruby gem, I thought it would be a lot of fun to use the public Studio Ghibli API to display all of the cat characters in the Studio Ghibli universe, and then allow a user to interact with them in different ways.

What Will Your App Allow A User to Do?

The app allows a user to…


Throughout my 20’s and into my 30’s, there has been one and only one constant: change. My 20’s were tumultuous, to say the least. When I graduated college in Texas, I moved to Tennessee, on a whim, because I was looking for an adventure. I lived in both Nashville and Knoxville and met lots of wonderful friends and had tons of amazing experiences.

In Knoxville, I opened a small business as a custom cake designer under the name Milk + Honey. That business was my baby and I gave it everything I had, but unfortunately it was not financially successful…

Kristin Ponsonby

Dev in training, baker for life.

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