Leaps and Bounds

As I progressed through Code School’s free lessons, I noticed my grasp of the concepts involved was becoming more and more second nature. I decided to sign up, and at the purchase screen I realized they were giving me a heavily discounted first month, bonus! This began a whirlwind week of learning, as I devoured courses on JavaScript, Git, and a plethora of front-end goodies. I’ve probably picked up more intermediate and advanced skills in that week than in all of my previous learning. Now when I read Eloquent JavaScript and other JS books, the concepts actually make sense. I can read the code snippets and understand what is going to happen. It’s a great feeling.

That isn’t to say that everything sticks. If I don’t reinforce the learning, either by practical use or by taking notes, it gets rusty quickly. Sadly, it’s a silent process. I don’t feel the knowledge dropping away in chunks. I just notice it when I type some Git command and get back an error of some type. After this happened a few times, I knew that just (somewhat) passively absorbing the lessons wasn’t going to cut it, so now I have notebooks covered in my barely legible scrawl. It’s helping quite a bit.

I feel like I haven’t written a lick of code in a while either. I know I’ve had both WebStorm and Visual studio open, with code loaded, several times in the last two weeks. However, I don’t think I’ve done more than look in that entire period. That needs to change. I want to get back to the backgammon game and close up the issues left that make it an incomplete game. I need to work on the couple other programming projects I have going on in the background. Hopefully I can use all of my fancy learning to help me write cleaner code, quicker.

I also want to say thanks to the Code School teachers/professors, especially Gregg Pollack, Alyssa Nicoll and Jason Millhouse. They are quickly becoming the voices of JavaScript in my head.

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