It’s Saturday and I’m spending yet another weekend on a seemingly impossible homework task which I already know will look easy when Michael explains it to us on Monday. This is how my day unfolded:
I got up early and start at 9am or so. I’d already been thinking about how I wanted to approach the homework and it didn’t seem overly difficult. I start working on it. Setting everything up, starting to code… and it’s not working. OK, no problem. I’ll just google it. Then implement the answer that I found. Hm, seems wrong. Some more googling and trying and testing and even more googling. For hours. I am wondering if I’m wasting my time. Nothing works. Should I just give up and do some Codeschool tutorials instead? Or some Ruby code quizzes? Ah, I know! I’ll do some CSS. Wow, now it looks cool!
That makes me want to try again. It has to work! Surely I must be able to figure out a way? I google some more. I HipChat the others. Michael gives some hints. I try this line of code and that line of code – hang on, didn’t I try the same thing at 10am this morning? I don’t know what’s what anymore.
6pm, I open the wine. Ahhhh… The world of code is a better place with a nice glass of Rioja. My French classmate says on HipChat that the homework is a real ‘head breaker’. Agreed! Let’s install some more debugging gems. Wahhaay! My error messages are even more colourful now!
That’s where I’m at. It’s Saturday night and this is actually what a lot of my Saturdays look like during the WDI course. I haven’t given up hope, I’ll try more tomorrow.
On Wednesday night I went to Codebar for the first time. Codebar is a weekly workshop supporting minorities in the tech industry. It’s completely free and experienced developers help students with whatever they are currently working on: tutorials, a personal project or the GA Chat Ajax post request homework. I was glad that I had help with it. It was hard!
On Thursday I decided to change my attitude. No more winging, no more saying that it’s hard. You are what you believe you are! Steve Jobs never said that something was hard, did he? So I said in our daily standup that the homework was fun and I got it all done without any problems. And that felt so good! (I did warn everyone that this was an experiment).
On Friday we didn’t learn anything new but just reviewed the homework with Alex in the morning and then Jarkyn explained Ajax get and post requests in Sinatra again which was really useful.
The weekend homework is to do a basic bank balance calculator using Ajax requests on Rails for the first time. And you know where I’m at with that one.