Again, I am overwhelmed by the interest in the Code Year project from fellow catalogers. Kudos to everyone for taking on the challenge of learning to code. It’s time to dive in and get dirty!
How is the first week of Code Year 2012 for everyone (Code Year Course list/Calendar)? Did you complete the course yet or are you working on it bit by bit (lesson by lesson) all week? Who did the Supplemental lesson?
Did you feel like tearing your hair out? Or was it fun? Or was it both?
Who got started early? I admittedly signed up for Codecademy this weekend and plowed through the first 4 lessons of Getting Started with Programming course. I’ll be working on the other half of the course lessons throughout the week. I know it will help to cement it in my brain if I spread it out and have to keep going back and reviewing. I also have a sneaking suspicion I might have to create a command cheat sheet until they stick in my brain.
A trouble spot for me I’ve already identified: TYPOS. Lordy. Talk about error messages. I had to re-do a few of the lessons just because of typos. I know I have some minor dyslexia (spellchecker was invented for people like me, I swear it’s true), and I’ve learned I need to be extra careful when coding or writing in mark-up language(s) (HTML, MARC, etc.) where capitalization, spelling, and punctuation are critical. That was reinforced quite strongly by a couple of the coding lessons this week (damn “ReferenceError:” returns). Clearly I have to take my time, work carefully, and can’t do this when distracted or frequently interrupted so I don’t lose my focus. At least not yet. Maybe when I’m more comfortable/experienced I’ll be able to code successfully in my office. But for right now I need a quiet environment (no distractions) where I’m not interrupted by questions/staff/colleagues/etc.
What are your trouble spots? Does noise distract you or do you like music while you work? Does a busy environment help or hinder?
Oh, btw, I’ve learned that M&Ms help the coding process. 😉
- CatCode Wiki (we have a Resources page now!) – PLEASE just ask to be added. The request gateway is there to keep out the spammers. If you’re not a bot, you’ll be approved. I have over 110 people listed on the Code Year Catalogers post and less than 80 users on the wiki at the time I wrote this post. If you haven’t signed up, why?
- CatCode Twitter list – over 90 members! whoa
- Search #catcode hashtag on Twitter
- Code Year ALA Connect group
- Lifehacker’s Learn to Code
- O’Reilly books and videos (try the Head First series of books, Head First Programming)
- CatCode posts on this blog