Rails App Assessment Survival
I’m starting my third project and assessment for Flatiron School’s learn.co. After reflecting on my past assessments, I wanted to pause and jot down a few reminders to myself.
Don’t be a dum dum! Keep these points in mind.
- Clean code is wonderful! But, ugly code is better than no code. You need to start somewhere.
- Call the methods you want to have and think about the info you want returned. Fake that return. Then, make the methods real!
- Don’t be afraid to break your app.
- When the app is working as desired, stop working and submit your project. You have forever to improve the app.
- Dream about how awesome you can make your app. Chop those big ideas up. And, then, abandon some of those ideas.
- Check in with yourself. Are you overwhelmed and crying? That’s a good time for a break.
- Learning is miraculous.
- Relish creating an awesome project at your own pace with little oversight and requirements.
- Take a day off. Go outside. Exercise. Eat healthy meals.
- If you see code you want to use, don’t copy and paste. Type the code out. Take time to understand while you can.
- Accept your app’s occasional or persistent ugliness.
- Be proud of yourself and your progress.
- Celebrate all your small victories with commits!
- Some days you might hate your app. That’s ok.
- Don’t worry about Learn.co labs. Focus on your project. If you are worried about progress, look through all your commits.
- Ask for help. Talk with local mentors. Reach out to Learn.co experts.
- Track your time with WakaTime.
Learn. Love. Code.