LoopLAB – 1st Bootstrap project complete

So, huzzah, I’ve been busting my ass powering through the Udemy Bootstrap course and have completed the 1st project, a website for a fictitious company called LoopLAB.

Bummed it contains regular lorem ipsum and not kitty ipsum but ok. Hopefully Emmett will get on that soon.

Very happy this morning in that I figured out why some things weren’t working. Happy to have figured it, but also feeling like a dope as to what the problem was.

The cool jQuery stuff won’t work if you inadvertently delete your link to jQuery. Duh.

Two of those cool things are scrollspy and smooth scrolling. Very fancy.

Now to back it up to Github and off to the second project!

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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.