The Manila side of Exist Code Camp 2011 has just come to an end. As a graduate and a participant of the bootcamp, I find ECC to be the most stressful, most intensive and hardest challenge I have ever encountered in my life as a programmer. During the six weeks of training, I and my fellow trainees pushed ourselves to our limits as we tried our best to finish all the exercises and projects our instructors gave us. We all experienced countless nights of sleep deprivation, and frustration, over the training.
Personally, while I continuously whine about the pressure and sleepless nights I got from ECC, I find the training to be the best thing that ever happened to my emerging career in programming so far. All the things I learned and got from ECC drastically improved not only my skills in programming, but also my skills in interpersonal relationships.
Months before I joined ECC, I tried to study different technologies in Java like Spring and Hibernate on my own. I spent months studying only to find out that I haven’t learned much. But in just six weeks, ECC has taught me more than what I could learn in six months studying on my own. The reason for that is because of the guidance the instructors gave us. They pointed us to the right direction — they told us what to learn and how to learn it.
The instructors during the training are amazing. Not only are they very skilled at programming, they are very approachable as well. One of the things that I find great about them is that they are very frank and straight to the point when it comes to talking about our flaws, both in programming and attitude. I find their approach to be the reason why I have improved so much during the training.
The thing that I treasure most from ECC is the people I have encountered during the training. I made friends with people who are programmers and have the same interests as I do.
In conclusion, if you’re someone who is starting a career in software development, joining Exist Code Camp is definitely the way to go. You won’t ever regret joining it.
Terence Ponce is one of our Exist Code Camp survivors in Manila for 2011. He studied IT in the University of Santo Tomas. Get to know more about him on his blog.