Code Day

Spent most of the day on the computer, pecking around. I’ve got a rough idea for my next project, but so far… I’m stuck trying to wrap my head around authentication and Express.

Today was one of those days where I didn’t get much committed down on paper. Most of it was spent looking up links and tutorials, which led to other links and other tutorials. A lot of motion, not a lot of traction.

The frustrating part for me is that I have about 30% of the logic done (things that I can re-use from prior projects). I just seem to be struggling putting all the various pieces together, getting them to work with one another.

On a positive note – what I’m currently doing at work does involve Express a little bit. So as that project progresses, I’ll be better versed in how to proceed with my personal project.

So today was alright, I guess. A lot of reading, with more reading and comprehension to go. Just wish I had a little more to show for the day, is all.

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  1. Hi Felix,
    I can totally understand you. Researching for projects can be an exhaustive task and at the same time you feel like you didn’t do anything because you haven’t coded that much. But looking up links and tutorials is so important to get your architecture right and have an easier life in the long run. So you should feel good about it. :-)
    Btw: I noted that you mixed px and em in your design on the right in the image (if that is what you are currently working on). You may want to consider sticking to em (or rem) and create variables. For example: create variables for
    $margin-default: 1rem;
    $margin-big: 2*$margin-default;
    and use this in your
    .navbar{margin-bottom: $margin-big}
    .videoSearchTerm{margin-left: $margin-default}
    I found that this makes creating a consistent and responsive design so much easier. If you already know this and the above code is just work in progress, then please feel free to ignore my comment.
    Have a nice day,

    M. Reply

    • Hi M – Thanks for the note of encouragement! I’ve got much more to learn, and even after a lot of links and tutorials… I still don’t feel so solid on things. I learn better by making things and making mistakes, which leads to an impulse of throwing out the map and just driving. Which I know, as you said, is not as good in the long run.

      I think the screenshot is from an old project, and one I throw in as a placeholder. But while I do know about em/rem being better for a more responsive design, I’m pretty sure I got sloppy/lazy there (and in other spots). So good catch, and good reminder!

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  2. Hi Felix,
    I absolutely agree – as you said learning by iteration is the best way and also the most fun in my opinion. There are always so many new things/best practices to learn when being programmer, so you can never know everything, which is a good thing if you ask me.

    Just recently I had to migrate old messy non-responsive css code into nice structured responsive sass code. So I guess that led to a hightened awareness of the px/rem thing. That was quite a task and I thought for future projects I will get at least this part consistent from the beginning since it will save a lot of trouble later.

    Can’t wait to see what you are creating for your next project. :-)

    M Reply

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