Did you ever play with legos as a kid? Who am I kidding, of course you did, or at the very least stepped on one once in the middle of the night. I loved legos, the creativity it allowed if I just dumped all my different sets together to construct my juvenile megaliths.
While I’m still learning React, I’m enjoying it for much of the same reason. One thing that seems to be a persistent problem for me when coding is when my files start to look like an unreadable jumble. At some point it gets difficult to pick through.
As I type this I am closing in on completing Flat Iron’s Software Engineering bootcamp. I’ll be honest, it’s beyond weird to see it laid out like that. I almost didn’t think this day would come.
I have a lot of pretty big feelings about it. On the one hand, I’m overwhelmed with my final project, as I’m sure everyone else in my cohort is. I feel like I’ve spent too long coding with too little to show for it. It’s a little too easy to look at what I’ve accomplished and say: “well, that’s not much”.
Except, that’s not…
Adjusting to a new visual language has not been easy. Let’s take some time to break it all down.
I am the worst about flying blindly into a project, so for my phase 2 project ( a fun little web-app where students at Hogwarts can attend a class to brush up on their magical skills), I decided to take a different approach:
Yeah, I know. That’s a lot. Let me break it down for ya.
First I broke down my User Stories into CRUD actions. This gives me a clearer idea of how I want my app to function and what methods I might want to implement to achieve functionality. I tend to like really ambitious ideas, but I…
Yesterday, I finished my very first command line app.
Yeah, that sentence still sounds weird. After three days of blood, sweat, tears and toil I created my own small inventory manager, based in general on RPG inventories.
Initially I definitely bit off more than I could chew. I like big ideas; figuring out all of the little working parts feels a lot like building with those K’nex science toys my Grandma used to give us as kids. I loved building with them and, as with most things, paid the instruction manual no mind. …