My name is Kaari Strack, and I am the new Junior Rails Developer in the Civo team. I graduated from Makers Academy in April 2018, so I'm fresh-out-of-the-box when it comes to industry experience and veteran medals - but don't let that put you off! I don't!

I joined the team just over a month ago now, and the learning curve has been fierce, un-relenting, and dangerously awesome.

Since arriving at Civo, I've discovered the following:

  • There's so much more to Rails than meets the eye
  • SQL and HTML are fussy about almost everything ever
  • rake db:rollback is my new, merciful God
  • You can never have enough migrations
  • And finally, bootstrap checkboxes will one day be the end of me

So, yeah. It has been GLORIOUS! I now have enough notes to repaper my living room, and would absolutely do that if it wasn't just plain weird. It's official - I LOVE MY JOB!

My first project is an internal one that has many finicky, fiddly little things to keep me occupied/reaching for the nearest coffee. It's the largest codebase that I have worked on to date, and I am thoroughly enjoying getting stuck in!

It's very rewarding to see something tangible come from my ceaseless typing, something that can be used by others in a professional setting! I'm very excited to see how far it goes! There have been many "wall-meet-face" times, sure, but it's all part of the journey - and one I am looking forward to pursuing.

Soon I'll be getting my teeth in to the Civo.com codebase, adding new features here! Can't wait to interact with our rapidly growing community of developers as I do.

In addition to the endless code level-ups and skill-boosts, I am very fortunate to be working in a team that takes the "ail" out of Rails on a daily basis. Together we have engaged in lunchtime PUBG squad runs, outings to the Cinema, team lunches, and a two-day stream of our own Virtual RailsConf 2018 over pizza and witty banter!

I think they're all excellent specimens of human(ish), and I sincerely hope they feel the same about me - I guess I will find out after I post this! Gulp.