The Iron Yard academy teaches intensive, three month courses that are churning out junior-level programmers into the Atlanta tech talent pool. Meet one of their recent graduates, Diego Medina￼ to hear about his experience at The Iron yard and what he is looking to do next.
What program did you just complete?
I just finished a three month long Ruby on Rails bootcamp at The Iron Yard. I learned about the fundamentals of Rails, testdriven development, agile development strategies, and most importantly, I learned how to solve problems.
What past tech projects have you worked on?
As part of The Iron Yard, I was required to build a new project every week for homework, but my favorite projects are some that I worked on outside of class. Here are a few choice examples that I particularly enjoyed working on.
- Lucid Lit: For my final two weeks at The Iron Yard, I decided to create a project that I’m passionate about: Lucid Lit. Lucid Lit is a website to crowdsource book annotations and to make it easier for people to read classical literature. I am the Lead Developer and Designer of this project.
- Connector: I volunteered at Code For Atlanta to create a website where users can keep track of current and past Code For Atlanta projects. I am one of three rails developers working on this, including a developer from Salesloft and Nebo Agency. I am currently in charge of the projects feature and design.
- Seeded: Seeded is a website I worked on for the Atlanta Start Up Weekend. This is a resource for students and teachers to reach out to their community to get volunteers for and crowd fund their projects/ideas. I was our team’s lead front end and back end developer.
What are your best technical or creative skills?
What’s next on your list to learn?
AngularJS. There are a lot of interactive features that I want to add to Lucid Lit to improve its usability, and AngularJS will help me get these features running quickly and smoothly.
What’s your ideal internship/job?
I would love to work at a small business where I will be challenged. I want to find a company with an environment that will encourage me to continue learning new things and hone my development skills. Above all, I want to work at a company where I can make an impact and contribute to the company’s success.
Interested in startups?
Definitely! Startups are where the action is!
Post graduation plans?
￼My plans after graduating are to apply to Ruby on Rails positions and to continue working on my portfolio. In particular, I want to take Lucid Lit to the next level by gamifying the app and adding more interaction with AngularJS.