I’ve gone back into Skillcrush and looked again at the project at the end of the course; it’s in four parts and now I’ve done three. I still hadn’t wrapped up those other lessons I couldn’t crack the code (it’s still funny!) on. It’s an exercise where we keep doing more and different things to the same code, which we copy and paste into their editor with each new piece. I’m trying to get it all up and running in JS Bin so that I don’t have to do the copy paste. With their layout, after I get the solution code, I have to scroll up and down to compare their code with what I’ve written and it makes me nuts, basically.
But of course this new bin is fighting me and giving me some long-ass weird error message in the console.
I’m chatting in Slack with an instructor about it now, actually. It’s even weirder because she says that she can run the code without any errors, so what the hell.
For sure it’s been helpful to have a second go at the material and I think/hope it will make me feel more confident/like I know what I’m doing. At the very least get me to finish the assignments at the end of the Skillcrush course so I can move onto the next class, which is Responsive Design, which I’m psyched to learn.
Codeacademy also has an Intro to Sass class that I want to come back too, as that’s something I want to learn.
But it’s like – what does that all MEAN? and which one goes where?
So have spent a good bit of time comparing my working code to the solution code, thinking that the LOOK like they match but apparently not because mine’s not working, and playing “where the fuck is the difference?” Like so:
Wish me luck on finishing the last couple of exercises, so I can do the bonus project without feeling sneaky. The exercises include working with some jQuery code, and include asking a prompt, swapping images, telling the code to wait, fading in an answer, making an object shake, and other fun stuff.
Had a lesson about debugging, and Skillcrush shared this article – Teaching Novice Programmers How to Debug Their Code over at code:union by Jesse Farmer. It’s a really interesting article despite the somewhat-uninteresting title. The article’s point being that debugging is a skill that all programmers need, and so teaching of that skill is something that should be emphasized and intentionally done.
The idea that debugging means you didn’t do a good job in the first place definitely strikes a chord in me. “[Students] often feel that [debugging] time is wasted or that it’s a kind of punishment for them not being smart enough to write the correct code the first time through. “If I knew what I was doing,” they think to themselves, “I wouldn’t have to spend so much time debugging.” ”
The article also notes: “Teaching [students] how to debug their own code effectively is the single most valuable skill we could teach — it’s the skill that makes acquiring all other programming skills easier.”
Anything that is going to make acquiring other programming skills easier is something that I want to know how to do, so bring it on, buggy code!
Coming up, we start learning about jQuery. I’m stoked.
Finally have been introduced to the DOM and what it is – and am amused to know that it has such an un-interesting actual name.
THE DOM to me sounds like something out of The Godfather, or perhaps 50 Shades of Grey.
Until them, back into THE DOM (said as dramatically as possible).
Question: does anyone ever create a flowchart and NOT run out of paper?
And yes, because I have a middle-schooler in my life, this title did make me think of:
Yesterday I finished the Visual Fundamentals class. Not sure why it was so tough for me, but glad it is done, and I can understand better how a PSD comes together. Came up with the above logo (?? I think? made it when i was trying to work on the “simple icon” but I think it’s really more of a logo), and also the actual site icon that is showing up in the browser tab. Super duper cheers to K. at Skillcrush, who helped me to get the icon to a point where I felt like I could move on, and for saying nice things about it.
Kudos as well to Adobe Illustrator for letting me have ONE MORE DAY in the free trial; was pretty sure the trial was done but everything was loading up ok – started to feel like, ok, I can still do what I need to do, when a screen popped up saying the trial was over. Unnnggghhh. But it had a handy button that said “extend trial” and so I clicked on that and was granted one last day. Whew.
Oh, and the Skillcrush folks managed to get me squared away with my push to Github. Still not entirely clear on how I went astray, but hope to keep creating branches, staging and committing them, merging them and then pushing to Github so I can get lots more practice.