Read the above title again, We talked, We ate, We learned and WeCode. You noticed that word WeCode, nope it not a typo it actually a name of a certain group in FCT Abuja, Nigeria. Please forgive me if I said I didn’t know about this awesome group till recently, when I was browsing through an Event App on my phone for any tech event around my area I found Tech Meet Up for Saturday 16th Sept, 2017 and I signed up. I will never regret that click.
My first WeCodeNg Tech MeetUp at Aiivon Innovation Hub
Locating the venue was difficult but Google Map was available so you know the rest.
The technology revolution will change a lot in Nigeria but a friend of mine once said “Even the Devil is afraid of Nigerians…! Yep the scheduled time was 10:00 am but African Time (and this is a problem technology will forever fight), so I was 10 minutes late, I ran out and sent a tweet.
© Hassan SaniI'm late for @AiivonHub_Abuja meet up09:10 AM - 16 Sep 2017
Well not till I got to the venue that I realized I was actually about to attend a Nigerian Event so African Time is paramount.
But I guess these guys didn’t work with the African Time, probably here even before the receptionist, I didn’t snap this. Pic Credit WhatsApp Group another not African Timer
By 11am guest arrivals and it was time for the MeetUp
Two topics were discussed
- Web Development using ANGULAR 2/4 and ASP.NET core
- Introduction to Scikit Python Library
Yep I learn a lot from the two guest speakers, I learned to install and run Angular 2 and ASP.net although he used VS Code.
I always didn’t like VS Code, I am an Atom type of guy, please let not do that fight here.
I learned that machine learning was a lot easier than I though it should be, seriously with just 3 lines of codes and this guy’s AI was already predicting that the next person coming in will be a guy. At a point I thought I was in one of those Marvel’s Avengers movies: The Age of Ultron, this second speaker used Python.
So we talked, we learned but don’t forget I also mentioned we ate check the picture below
Now why will these bunch of people call themselves WeCodeNg, I’ve been here for more than an hour and I’m doing a checklist, We Talked, We ate, We learn but did we code? hold on you will see.
A panel of these guys and some set of questions from all of us; now that’s call coding so we did code. The 4 interesting questions for the panel from the audience.
Question 1: How did you combine schooling and learning how to coding?
don’t let your grades suffer, make use of the tutorials available and this kinds of Tech MeetUp.
Before all these tutorials, meet up, libraries, frameworks and stable internet was not easily accessible. At least overnight browsing at a cyber cafe was the trend, we developers had 3 names back then: when they want to respect you: Software guy, when you want them to pay you: Web Designer and finally they don’t understand what you do and they feel you are making money for no reason: Yahoo boy.
Question 2: How do you migrate from Learning code to expert?
As a developer you are always learning, Try to put something out for people to use and wait for the harsh feedbacks, Programming is not easy
Question 3: Can you use only php to build a web side?
now this question is here because it exposed some dark secrets that some people were plotting to assassinate the ever loving PHP.
For any language you want to learn it’s better you understand the basics first then learn the libraries or framework that may come with it.
So you see We talked, We ate, We learned and We code. For now that’s all we did, if you want to know when next this is happening visit www.wecode.ng.
If you have any similar event coming up please you can send me a tweet visit inidaname.github.io don’t forget to follow me I always follow back.
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