The New Rendition of J-Cal
After passing the Mod4 code challenge a few weeks ago, one of my directors told me I was getting held back 6 weeks from graduation because I didn’t have enough projects in my resume. This made me really mad at first. I had already told everyone I was graduating in 3 weeks, and now I was graduating in 9 weeks? Well to be honest I’m glad I got held back.
Going through the modulars the first time I missed so much material. Starting on day 1, I was learning new things I didn’t know previously. Like optimistic/pessimistic rendering. I had heard the term thrown around so loosely so many times before, but I had no idea it had to do with whether or not the material was being saved to the backend, or how costly it is to save certain input to the backend, and sometimes it’s just better to render material on the front end. If only everybody could repeat their mods, I feel as if everybody would learn twice as much.
After 2 full weeks, I restarted my new rendition of J-Cal3: A Calendar for the People. Spending more time on getting the logistics right for the calendar to work was fairly beneficial. While the project is not fully complete, it is much more complete now, as in you can go through the complete process of making events and tracking them. Using string interpolation and current time formats I was able to feed the day you click into the event form, and using simple DOM Manipulation, I appended the events to the corresponding cell. Like I said, J-Cal3 is really coming along, but I can’t wait to make J-Cal4 in React, although I need to branch out into other territory.
One thing I need to work on is toning my life down and making school and coding an ultimate priority. Sometimes I stay up too late with my friends and I’m a mess the next day. Working on code is hard enough, the last thing I need is 4 hours of sleep. Oh, and eating right. If I want to be a swell programmer, I need to be well fed, but not fat. I need to get exercise and drink more water. My whole life is out of wack and it’s a miracle I’m performing as well as I am. It goes to show how many life choices I need to make to improve my game, but I’m willing to make it happen. It’s just, what first?