My Eureka! Moment
Last week I crashed and burned, but pivoted to a new tutorial, and it blew my mind. I went straight to the source and went to Reacts Getting Started guide: https://facebook.github.io/react-native/docs/getting-started.html
I followed those instructions and installed the Expo app on my Samsung S7, I’m holding out on upgrading until the Pixel 2 comes out, fired up the React server on my MacBook, scanned the QR code on my phone and voila! The default screen for the app showed in all of it’s glorious-ness! (I don’t think that’s a word, but whatever.)
I have been cautious about building any kind of app. I felt like the learning curve was way too steep, or that I just wasn’t smart enough to make one. Even a simple one.
But that’s not the case. If you can build a lego set you can follow tutorials that will teach you how to build apps. You will mess up. You will have a typo that will result in an error, but with A LOT of time and A LOT of effort you CAN do it!
This moment is one that I want to remember forever. It was my Eureka! moment. I realized that a whole galaxy of ideas can materialize in the form of an app. And that I don’t have to be afraid to dream so big, but to dream big, put myself out there and crash, burn and learn. Anyways after firing up the app on my phone, I learned what Props were and what State is. It was really silly, but I also learned how to create a Text Input and how to translate every word into a pizza.
I’m looking forward to share about the next tutorial that I am going through. I’ll update you guys next week!