Journey to Software Engineer: Chapter 2
I think learning React really helped me understand how the front-end should work. The idea of the “Virtual DOM”, state, component lifecycles, and functional/class components are all powerful ideas that are fundamental for the front-end. I came across many instances where I found myself trying to pass data up to a component, so Redux made my life a lot easier as well. It was also pretty fun working with single page applications via React-Router, which was different from what I previously knew about routing (which was via an Express back-end). Something I’ve been thinking about is the impact of having all of these libraries within the application, and if there should be a limit. While the functionalities of all of these libraries are amazing, I feel like it could be too much if we’re adding library after library. I’m scared the application may slow down and cause longer load time, which could potentially cause accessibility issues for people without fast internet. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but it was something to think about as I was adding package after package. I’ll look into this later on, but for now, it was fun learning the different libraries.
For our project week, we made a note-taking application by interacting with a Notes API that the school built for us. It was a week long project, but I ended up finishing in a few hours, so I had a lot of time to play around with new technologies that I had been reading about. On my last chapter, I said that I was learning GraphQL. Well, I decided to do something with that!
I can definitely find myself getting better as a developer, which is honestly a rare feeling. I feel like the more I learn, the more I learn that I don’t know. But, I gained a lot of confidence in my learning abilities and my skill-set, and just want to keep learning more! I’ve been learning bits of a lot of topics, including OS, SQL, DS&A, and Django! I’m excited for the back-end portion of our coursework, where we’ll be learning Node+Express with SQL. Because I had previous exposure to Node+Express, I’m going to try my best to create a few small projects with Django, a framework that I’m less familiar with. I’ve also been slacking on learning more algorithms and doing code challenges, so I’ll try to focus more on that as well.
Most importantly, I realized that I really love doing web development, so I find myself wanting to learn more and more. I’m super glad that I switched into this field, and I’m excited for what’s to come!