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Chugging along in the Intro to Javascript course. Am just about to start section #15 out of the 22. Everything still feels very clunky and weird to me in JavaScript, but I am trusting the Skillcrush peeps who keep assuring me that soon it will all become clear (or at least, clearer).

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.

 

THE DOM

I’ve been in beautiful California doing fun things, hence no blogging. I’ve been doing small chunks of the Intro to Javascript course, though, and am now on section 13 out of the 22.

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.

Feel like I am getting a bit of a grasp on objects, properties, functions, etc. It’s all felt very theoretical though, so getting to really put it into action will be nice and hopefully make it feel more real. This article – Why You Learn the Most When you Feel like You’re Struggling as a Developer – has been helpful today. I’m also taking a freebie webinar by General Assembly on Introduction to Javascript soon – I always think that additional ways of looking at something I’m learning is a great way (usually) to get more insight.

Until them, back into THE DOM (said as dramatically as possible).

 

22

There are 22 sections in the Intro to Javascript class. Glad I did not wait to start – the first few lessons have been on computational thinking, logic, pseudocode and whatnot. Good stuff, very interesting, have zipped through. Don’t want to zip through too fast and not absorb any of it and have to revisit later in the class, though. I’m on the 6th section.

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:

You’re welcome.

Icon Indecision (plus some HTML!)

I’m at the point in the Skillcrush course where I need to create a “simple icon” in Illustrator. I’ve been noodling around with the Bezier game – https://bezier.method.ac/ – to try and feel a little bit more in control of the pen tool. It’s helpful, for sure.

I’d like to create an icon for this site and also for myself, for freelance/side projects.

I haven’t gotten very far. I’ve done some sketches, but nothing that I’m crazy about.

I have to get this completed in 4 days, when my Illustrator trial runs out.

Yikes.

I also did some html-ing of the practice PSD I’m working on. In addition, working with git to create a new branch, merge it with the master, and then push it up to GitHub.  Looks like I successfully did those first two things, but am stuck on pushing it to GitHub. Skillcrush has a main “questions” email that I have written to multiple times – they are super helpful and get back quickly. So I’ve sent along my screenshots and will hopefully get an update on where I went astray, and then actually have an updated repo.

Tonight I just added all the text to the html. Next I want to link in the images. And THEN tackle stying.

Things I’ve Learned: Bézier Curves Can Bite Me

We’re getting a little familiar with Illustrator. I’ve downloaded my free trial, and our first task after getting familiar with the workspace was to copy a very simple logo. This involved using Bézier curves, which I quickly learned I do not have a natural aptitude for.

The side of my thumb hurts from mashing down on it to try and bend my curves into submission.

I was not entirely successful by any means:

wobbly
Wobbly.

There’s an online game https://bezier.method.ac/ to help learn how to work with the pen tool and those incorrigible curves. Think I’m going to be spending some time in there to try and get a little better.

PWD

I’m taking the Break Into Tech blueprint from Skillcrush. The course has three parts, and I am at the beginning of phase two.

Phase one was lots of HTML and CSS, and then learning to work in the terminal, and then Git and GitHub. I really enjoyed these classes. I don’t think I made anything super amazing, but getting results and problem solving along the way was hugely satisfying.

I’ve been working in Atom to type code; have dabbled in codepen, set up in GitHub, and got my subscription to Photoshop.

For phase two, you can choose different tracks: designer, developer, or designer & developer. Basically, I want to learn ALL THE THINGS, so I’ve put all the courses into my track. I’m in the first class, Visual Design Fundamentals and Tools.

The main thing I’ve learned so far is this: I don’t want to be a designer. I appreciate good design and feel like I can recognize “bad” design, but it’s not my strength. I miss coding. I’m slogging through Visual Design Fundamentals and Tools with my eyes on the prize:

The next class I’m taking is Introduction to Javascript. Whooo!!

I’m very excited.

In the meantime, to try and keep coding a bit because I miss it and don’t want to forget everything I’ve learned, I’ve downloaded a PSD and am attempting to code it; follow along in GitHub!