Day 5: Pre-work

My first Cross-Country Meet

After learning a few lessons about financing my journey, I have finally obtain the pre-work to prepare me for the course work. I still remember my high school coach telling the team to go out for the cross country team to condition during off season. Most of the team took at as a joke and I was in that camp unfortunately. However, I quickly realized running long distances is not for the faint of heart. A quick lesson is to pace yourself, as if you sprint off at the start you will quickly see others pass you and your energy struggle to maintain the course. Also, being in the right mind set is key.

Schedule Pre-work and Pace Self

Once I reviewed the pre-work, I sketched out a three week calendar to finish the work. This would provide me a week for each lesson, just in case I needed to revisit any concepts. It is a lot to learn and I feel I may even need to practice a little during the weekends. The first lesson from the pre-work was about being in the right mind set, to accept the fact that we continue to learn throughout life. We must embrace this opportunity to stay curious and exercise that muscle between our ears. Maria Popova, from Brain Pickings, provides a great collection of stories about how to live and what it means to live a great life.

Learning CLI

The Command Line Interface (CLI) was the first bit of practice to learn the computer. The command line is accessed through the terminal (e.g. bash on Mac) on most machines. Think the black window with white text that it appears everyone knows at the Apple Store, but it looks like a foreign language to you. The CLI is a great way to communicate/ request actions of your computer using plain text commands. Treehouse offers a decent introductory class to familiarize yourself with the basics. From starting off with typing <$ cd ~/> to access the Home directory (e.g. think the folder that houses your applications, desktop, my documents and etc. folders)to using <$ nano <filename>> to edit files without opening them up from the graphical user interface (GUI). A while ago, I had an issue where too many files had been saved to my hard drive and it would not allow my computer to start normally. Now, I am wondering if I could have started a session in the terminal and used <$ rmdir> or <$ rm <filename>> to remove a few directories (e.g folders) or files to fix the issue. Also, learning how to exit sessions is a great tool as well (e.g. the ‘q’ command will be your friend). I got stuck using <$ vi > command and had to google how to exit. After sweating and thinking I had ruined my computer, I found that all was well and I just needed to type the quit command. There is so much information out there on the command. If you fancy, e.g. I just like the way that sounds, please feel free to explore more. Now, on to the HTML, CSS and JavaScript lessons…

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