Month: August, 2014

Day 43 – day off

Yesterday we didn’t turn on our computers even once. Why? Because it was the official Rails Girls Summer of Code Day Off. We decided to spend that day separately – you know, sometimes it’s good to stay just with your own thoughts…

Karolina had enough time to read a whole book (for those of you who don’t know polish – book is about minimalism as a way of life). She said it was absolutely fantastic not to hurry and stare at the watch for all the time.

Magdalena is a huge fan of nordic walking and walking through the mountains and forests in general. Of course we don’t have any mountains in Warsaw, but luckily we have quite large forests. So she spent her time here:


Yes, it was really necessary day. Now we feel as if we have more room in our brains… room for coding of course!


Day 39

Yes, we were very silent for over two weeks, but we are alive and kicking! We just didn’t want to write for the next time about learning Javascript – it would be boring. But the time for implementing our theoretical knowledge into practice has come and we decided to share our tasks.

Karolina took the responsibility for generating the top ten most visited species. It came out that default version of PostgreSQL used in Species+ app doesn’t work properly with json. She started to install the higher version… and after a few days she became the real PostgreSQL expert 😉

Magda is currently working on passing particular data from our ahoy database to the activities page. She installed two Javascript libraries: c3 & d3, then Gon gem. At the moment she is figuring out how to write in Ruby something like: “Dear Javascript. Here you have 2 columns in ahoy events table. Please be so kind and show the line chart where we plot the percentage of ‘Taxon Concept’ and ‘Search’ events over time.” She experiments, tries many different solutions and obviously she has fun.

But recently there were also difficult, rainy, gloomy days. Sometimes we feel as if we were crushed by a half-ton stones. Everything seems so overwhelming and you think: “No, it’s definitely not for me. It’s too much. I have to write to Anika and tell her I want to give up. I can’t manage.”

Did you have such moments during the RGSoC? Me, Magda (actually I write this note today) felt it last week. This is the short movie for those of you who are in doubts:

Day 27


On Friday we were working on our visualisation page (as you probably remember it was our next challenge). This time everything went smoothly – we completed the task and the same day commited the brand new code to the repo. At the moment the page is empty, but we are going to fill it with some charts & graphs very soon. Another task is to add a list of top 10 visited species & subspecies to the activity page per taxonomy.

We are still busy with learning JavaScript. Sometimes it seems to be easier than Ruby & Rails, but immediately afterwards it surprises us with another syntax error. But the real fun is yet to come – without JavaScript we won’t be able to create visualisations…

In the meantime we had many fantastic meetings. 28th July we had nice hangout live chat with RGSoC organisers, Anika & Floor, and 2 teams: Participate and Code Padawans. 2 hours later Magda was a guest at Warsaw Women in Technology meeting. She said a few words about Rails Girls movement and RGSoC in particular.

10511336_696483660407533_4606876193576761162_(CC BY 2.0) Jakub Bożanowski

Yesterday we summarized the first month of RGSoC with our coaches: Tomasz & Piotr, mentors: Simao & Agnieszka and with our supervisor Laura. They were proud of our progress and said that our questions are getting smarter every day – it means it’s definitely not bad 🙂