TIY Week 2: Treading Water Barely
What the effffff just happened?
Recapping the week…
The biggest project we tackled throughout week 2 was the TodoMVC. Breaking it down for you — that’s “Todo” as in a reminder list, and “MVC” as in Model View Controller. Sounds easy. It isn’t. I hate it. It hates me. It’s harmony. Wiring up the basic functionality of a Todo list application is a bitch. It probably shouldn’t be, but it is for me at this point. Between trying to use .js in the browser for the first time, trying to get familiar with MVC and where the divisions lie between Model / Controller and Controller / View, I got pretty disheartened. Just keep working I suppose.
Week 2 projects — final tally
- TodoMVC: Failure
* Nested Accordion: Not a failure
* FullWidthTabs: Quasi failure
* Quotes Rotator: Failure
I find myself wondering how we stack up against other cohorts. Are we slow? Are we normal? I’m not even going to suggest that we are picking things up faster than normal. I read a lot before I came here. I know I’m supposed to feel like I’m drowning. I am. That doesn’t make it any easier. That said, I got some new tools in week 2 that were pretty alright. Browser-sync helps with working offline and it’s pretty legit. And the best website for finding keyboard shortcuts for every [emoji](www.emoji-cheat-sheet.com) ever? Bless these little victories.
Wrap it up…
I ended week 1 by giving survival tips. I’ll get to that, but wanted to list a few things I learned in week 2 first.
Is this what’s known as the rookie wall? 1) I’m tired. Staying up late was cute in week one; now it’s just plain dumb 2) Tea makes me pee more than coffee does; re-evaluating my week 1 survival guide 3) Note taking during lectures isn’t working. Stop writing and typing and listen, moron 4) I’m treading water in the deep end of the pool and my legs are getting tired. Never skipping leg day ever again
Tips for surviving week 2 1) Look forward to failure * This happens everyday 2) Maintain a growth mindset * That essay we had to write in week 1 is very pertinent all of a sudden * There’s a TEDtalk about it…just sayin’ 3) Sleep * See above — do as I say, not as I do 4) Keep reading and learning core concepts * The only place I see progress through all the failure 5) Don’t bulldog the bad shit * “The code always wins” — said the leader guy 6) Blogging is possible, but entries always lag a week * Write them before Monday, or you’ll have to think too much about what happened in what week 7) Beer
That’s it for week 2. Week 3 coming soon (I forrealz already wrote it like 5 days ago)