Coding Log — January 12th, 2018 — Day 25
Coding Time: Full Day
Here’s what I did today:
I didn’t do a lot of this today. I had some major procrastination come over me. It’s one thing to get distracted, it’s a whole other thing to actively want to do something else.
So, I’m going to stop.
Continued Trying to Zero In on a Path
I know I keep going back and forth with this. I’ve spent more time trying to bridge that gap between basic and intermediate JS than actually learning JS itself. I know.
However, I think there’s a lot to be said about taking the time to choose the right path. Especially after the experience from jumping from YDKJS to Watch & Code — I want to do something that feels right. I only want to do things that feel right. Even if that means I spend more time thinking about what to do than actually doing it.
I truly believe that once I overcome this hurdle, I will be unstoppable. Once you can build something, anything, using a dynamic programming language, it’s only a matter of time before you build a full-scale app on your own.
I did a lot more reading & thinking today. I read one article in particular that really hit the nail on the head.
- Stage 1: Learning Syntax
- Stage 2: Building Your First Thing
- Stage 3: You can Build Anything… With Time.
- Stage 4: You can Actually Build Anything
I suggest you read the whole article.
Sidenote: I said “thing” in Stage 2 on purpose. Saying “Building your first app” adds too much gravitase and pressure to something that should be very small. More on this below.
Right now, I am clearly at the beginning of Stage 2. I need to build a very small thing. I’ve just been struggling with what that thing should be and how to go about it.
Decided on my first thing!
On the recommendation of someone in the CodeBuddies Slack chat, I went super small.
They suggested building a carousel. Huh! That’s an option?
When they said that, it was like a lightbulb went off in my head. They gave me a basic list of components and I thought, “Yeah… I can do that… maybe. Sort of!” This is definitely something I can try to build instead of just being completely overwhelmed by how large even the smallest websites seem.
So now, I’m committed to building this.
There’s a few tutorials out on the web for dead simple carousels. I plan to try and build it on my own and once I hit a wall, I’ll consult a tutorial. I’m not focused on following a tutorial completely to try and get the best, perfect carousel. I refuse to copy/paste. I will simply use a tutorial to debug and get ideas.
Build the carousel! I’m committed to this being a 1.5 day project.
Day 1: Work until exhaustion. Day 2: Finishing touches/Deployment/Things I missed that a good night’s sleep will help.
There are still a few half-finished books & courses that I’ve committed to finishing that I’d like to list here for reference.
- The Web Developer Bootcamp (Udemy Video Course) - 43 hours of video content, so far gone entirely untouched… It’s giving me FOMO as I continue to wonder if it’s the magic sauce I’ve been missing this entire week. I just don’t have a gut feeling that another video course is the right course of action right now.
- CS50x - Newly re-recorded for 2018! Someday.
Will I ever get around to them? I don’t know. I don’t know if I’m that kind of person. Eventually, sure. But truly possibly on the nights and weekends after I’m already getting paid to code.
See you tomorrow for another day of wandering & whimsy!