Gaining Clarity

August 19, 2017

When I first started to code, I basically did what I was told to do by the instructor of the web course I was taking, or by the instructions on the website. It was a very simple process, copy/pasta everything! It was amazing to see it come to life when I ran my code!

However, as I started getting serious about coding, the old saying of "You don't know, what you don't know." became very apparent to me. I began to realize that I did not know the meaning behind all the things that I was typing into the IDE (The software you use to write and run code). While simple things like "String" (text), "int" (numbers/letters) and the like were very obvious to me, how they all worked together to do what they do was completely missing from my understanding.

So, to help myself with this, I'm currently reviewing all of the lessons that I've gone through so far in my Java course (This is the main programming language I will be learning in the bootcamp) and using a program called notepad++ to write out and define everything that I don't understand. I'm already seeing an improvement and it gives me hope that I will be able to get where I want to be before the bootcamp starts.

I will also be doing something that I learned from a new friend I made last night at the COGG Meetup. It's basically a "Kata" (practice routine) of coding. I still need to figure out what the "Kata" will contain, but I think I'll start with things like the "Hello World" application. It's a very simple program and contains a lot of the things that I've been clueless about so far. As I improve (and I will!), I'll add and remove as needed. This should keep things interesting and challenging.


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