Toronto Boot Camp Learner Wins Inaugural Trilogy Coding Competition

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Madeleine Griggs

Madeleine Griggs was 7 weeks into the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Coding Boot Camp when she learned about the coding competition sponsored by Trilogy Education. Her class had just finished an intense project on APIs, and they were about to start an equally challenging section on databases. Despite the heavy coursework, Madeleine was intrigued by the prospect of putting her growing web dev skills to the test. She decided to enter the competition. 

Madeleine’s decision paid off. Last Friday, she found out that she had won the inaugural Trilogy Career Services Coding Challenge. She bested 40 other submissions from individuals currently enrolled in or who have completed a Trilogy-powered boot camp.

Competitors were challenged to create an application that would help calculate a tip at a restaurant. While participants were free to construct the app however they wanted, the final submission had to fulfill certain requirements: 1) Take in the value of the bill. 2) Take in the desired tip percentage. 3) Include the option to split the tip amount by number of people at the table. 4) Calculate the amount of tip per table and return that value to the user.

Madeleine’s submission went above and beyond the competition criteria. In addition to the required items, her submission featured a stylish and responsive user interface and included the option for the user to round the bill. She used HTML5, CSS3, jQuery 3.4.1, and JavaScript to write the program. She also added extensive code comments to the JavaScript so that others could easily understand how the calculating functions work as well as CSS variables for colors and fonts so that they could be easily changed if needed.

“Madeleine’s submission was outstanding,” said Mariam Sallam, technical curriculum specialist at Trilogy. “The UI was spectacular, the README file was on point, and the code was clear and error-free.” 

Madeleine worked on her submission over 4 days for approximately 4 hours each day. She tackled the competition problem in the same way she approaches her day-to-day boot camp work.

“I definitely approach the boot camp projects similarly,” she said. “I always try to make the projects as polished as I can, even if it’s not a course requirement. By putting so much time and effort in, I gain so much more knowledge. Then, by the time I get to the point that I need to make something that’s really polished, I’m already able to accomplish that.”

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