I want to build a utility app for myself. It doesn’t matter what’s this app is about – I’ll get to that later. What matters is that I get a chance to start something from scratch, which is always fun 🙂 .
I see this as an opportunity to capture and document the newbie experience as I go through the learning process! As I learn the Meteor platform and build my project, I will blog about my experience as a newcomer to the Meteor platform.
This should be interesting 🙂 . Read on for more about my motivation and plans.
The opportunity – capturing the newbie experience by blogging my learning experience
Learning something new can be difficult. If a community around a technology, framework, or platform, doesn’t offer a good on-boarding experience for newcomers, then those newcomers will be quick to browse to the tutorial of the next contender. The challenge is often that the community is not aware that this is happening, because community members have already forgotten what newcomers expect to learn from on-boarding tutorials.
By documenting my learning experience, I hope to achieve several goals:
- To provide unbiased review, albeit subjective, of the on-boarding materials that exist for Meteor newcomers, as of 10-12/2015.
- To provide feedback to the Meteor community from the perspective of a newbie, if the community is interested in such feedback 🙂 .
- Maybe to assist others who are also trying to start with Meteor to find their ways.
My starting point
I do have programming experience, so I’m not starting with no clue about programming and development at all. Most of my experience is around Python and C/C++. I am also comfortable with messing with systems of all kinds, which is a bit hard to quantify, but quite handy in learning.
Well, why not?
From the outside, it looks pretty amazing.
I’ll try to capture my reasoning for choosing Meteor nonetheless:
- Hey, look at that! Meteor is a full stack platform all on its own! I can supposedly use it with nothing else! That sounds enticing!
- Read some Quora, watch a couple of YouTube videos about Meteor.
- Sounds very promising. The fact that it’s a single platform and a single language for the entire stack should allow for extremely rapid prototyping.
Also, I like learning new things. That’s why I didn’t go the Python-route this time.
I don’t know in advance how exactly I am going to complete this learning experience. I have general ideas, a starting point, and a sense that I’ll figure it as I move along.
My “learning framework” is always project-based. I have something specific that I want to build, and I am going to learn what I need to accomplish that. I somewhat rely on my natural tendencies, to know that while learning what I need, I will look around and go beyond.
I understand that before I can dive into my own project, I have to start somewhere. I plan to start at the source, by going through the official Meteor tutorials. After that – who knows 🙂 .
In the next post I will describe the app that I want to build.
After that, I’ll start the learning process, which is going to be pretty dynamic, and probably non-linear.
Every time is makes sense, I’ll write up a post describing another step in the process.
Don’t expect fast progress though, as this is something I’m tackling in my spare time. Spare time is not abundant. Sigh.