I find it incredibly reassuring when I google ‘recursion’, the concept I really struggled with on this week’s challenge, this post on topcoder.com came up as one of the top results:
‘It is often hard, however, to see how a problem can be approached recursively; it can be hard to “think” recursively’
Yep, you can say that again. Of course it’s hard to think recursively. I’ve been educated my whole life to ‘get to the point’. To ‘stop going round in circles’. And now, I’ve find out that actually this is one of the most powerful tools in programming. I had some unlearning to do!
The Makers Academy PreCourse takes place in the four weeks prior to the three month bootcamp and involves completing set challenges and going through learning materials remotely from wherever you’re based.
Our first challenge was based on understanding the command line and git. Our task? A murder mystery to be solved by using only the command line to navigate a huge number of files and search for clues. Ummm, what? I’ve only been using the command line to execute my .rb files so far… which I made in SublimeText… and I’m not allowed to use that?!