As I was programming, I began to run into some forgetful moments. Yes, the hints on Codecademy are excellent and Google is a beaut, but I was starting to get a bit annoyed. There were times where I felt that the exercise I was being asked to do kind of skipped over some instructions (alternatively, this may simply have been because I had forgotten a previous task or simply wasn’t paying attention with the instructions or tips provided for the exercise). One particular annoyance occurred during my exploration into “while” loops. I went from the very simple programming of very basic while loops, to having to suddenly write a while loop that logs “I’m looping!” to the console three times without using console.log calls. Sure, for you programmer masterminds out there, a very simple task. For me, a pathetic beginner who feels a great achievement writing a VERY easy while loop, this was a very daunting task. The exercise had some of the loop previously written, but I became quite confused with empty brackets. I couldn’t recollect this being mentioned before, so I was at a bit of a standstill. I checked the Hint, but was still confused. I ended up calling upon my husband for some back up (and yes, he did look at me as if he was trying to instruct a small child…). Needless to say, I figured out how to do the task. Afterwards, I decided that perhaps part of my difficulty was that I kept forgetting what I had learned previously. I then decided to quickly go back and review the courses (which I LOVE about Codecademy). As I reviewed the previous courses and exercises, I began to jot down little reminder notes. Doing the process a second time and now having notes to refer back to is immensely useful. As I have proceeded into more lessons, I can now quickly look up a note I did and be able to complete the activity more easily.
Below is a … um … G version of a switch I wrote. He he.