Are there rules? Do weekends count? Are you reading this? Does anyone care? Am I really just an imposter?
These are some of the crazy thoughts I encountered from days 16 to now… which I believe is day 18, it’s kinda crazy the pressure I have put on myself to keep this up now that I have publicly declared my commitment. It drives me in one sense, and it drives me insane in another. Regardless, I am making some great progress.
I’m still a bit flip floppy all over the place after reading Gordon Zhu’s excellent article and starting his course (details in my last post here) and realising that I have lost focus and started too many things at once which is so my stile truth be known.
So the weekends are a bit tough for me to accomplish much but I did spend time intermittently on FCC where I was stuck on a challenge. Straight after the Golf Code challenge. Strangely I powered up until this point and now I am really bogged down.
Days 16 -17
This was about the use of switch statements that have multiple inputs with the same output and I was struggling to get my head around it. I thought I would need to run the values together in an array and I got confused by the numbers vs values and strings… so I was stuck for quite a good few days ruminating the solution.
Turns out it was easier than I thought, just hadn’t read the instructions well enough! Doh!
Once I declared the case values on separate lines it validated straight away, feels good though because I think my comprehension of switch statements is much stronger now.
So between that brain buster, and reading Gordon’s article a few times, I also dived back into a book on WordPress that I bought many years ago from Smashing Magazine. Back then it was too much for me and I didn’t have a handle on the Loop and PHP at all so it just went straight over my head, but NOW… now I really understand what it is talking about. Even though it is wildly out of date now being six years old it still has plenty of interesting stuff to go over.
I still have it in my mind that I want to develop a killer WordPress theme one day, and one thing really caught my attention while going over it this weekend. You can use multiple Child Themes inside of a WordPress Theme to just switch out styles. I don’t know why I had never thought of it but I guess because I am still so green behind the ears… anyway, I keep thinking about what my Theme is going to be about and what kind of features I am going to create to make it stand out and that really struck a chord with me.
I’ll keep progressing that idea and see what comes of it, just feels good to know that I have learnt stuff and my knowledge is definitely building.
Today I wanted to take a ‘break’ from the learning and do some actual coding. So many projects have backed up while I keep putting things on hold to study but that’s the nature of programming I guess.
So today was all about doing and I really enjoyed getting stuck into it, totally surprised myself at how quickly I could smash a website together using Bootstrap and some good question asking on Google.
I am building a site for my partner and his business, it’s still got a ways to go but I did quite a decent amount of stuff to it today. Check it out.*
I have lots of works to do on this page featuring the vans because there is clearly some weird stuff going on with the cards I have used and the placement… I simply copy and pasted more cards to the end of the rows and I think it is throwing things out of whack because I haven’t used the styles properly. Got a bit excited to throw stuff up!
What did surprise me was how much I knew and how to get the pages up and running and links to each section, changing the CSS to style the active page in the menus… and even getting a sort of working contact form going.
Clearly miles of improvement to go, but another moment in my journey to becoming a developer ticked off.
Definitely had enough for today though, sheesh my brain turns to melted cheese by the end of the day.
Oh, one last thing, I googled when I will finish my first 100 days so I have a goal to work towards, turns out to be August 11 which feels like it is coming up way faster than I like. Might turn into 200 or even 300 days of code before I’m any good at this.