I've just scraped by Week 3 of web dev coding bootcamp, and it feels like the moment that I set my intention on embarking on this new learning journey, the Universe has been sending a whole slew of new hurdles and distractions along my pathway.
From the tumultuous experience of moving into my first NYC studio apartment while simultaneously juggling acclimating to a new environment and attempting to set healthy routines, to navigating the conflicting internal emotions of an unexpected loss and being physically and emotionally available for family and loved ones -- I can assert that the past 4 weeks have been the most eventful in this post-COVID world. (I've finally dusted off my mainly unused 2020 planner and flipped through all of the blank template pages to October!)
Last week, we learned about conditionals and debugging in JS, as well as loop iterations using for and while.
While learning about the dark perils of endless debugging, I found it interesting that many peers and my instructor in the cohort were discussing the 80/20 rule of debugging, which states that "Coding is 80% Google Search, and 20% knowledge".
While this may be true, I also learned that you must also know WHAT information to search for and use on Google, as I learned this sobering lesson from my coding instructor via our team #slack channel;
"I will no longer be accepting assignments that use
VAR. We need to
LET go of
VAR and use
I was confounded... How is it that I've just started and the information that I've been learning from, is already out of date?
My instructor shared with us that languages are always evolving, and although physical books may be helpful for a season, it's important to get in the habit of referencing digital documentation and digital living textbooks.
I now understand that
let can be used for global and local variables, and
const can be used for variables that are not going to be manipulated or changed (i.e.
const pi = 3.14159;)
It got me thinking on a broader scope of my life in general, I have a choice. I can either be bitter and complain about new technology and be stuck in my ways, or I can be flexible, open and adapt to the ever evolving and changing climate of tech.
I decided... it's time to
LET it go.