The latest part of the Web Development Bootcamp course that I tackled was a really fun code-along project. I’ve talked before about how valuable I’ve been finding these code-alongs, and this project was great because it was so comprehensive.
It’s a pretty simple idea: the player is shown an RGB value, and has to click on the colour that value represents, from a choice of six coloured squares [or three squares, if you choose easy mode.]
This wasn’t really something you had to figure out for yourself. Over nine videos the instructor walked you through the creation of the game. I tend to get a bit overwhelmed when I start working on something; there’s so much to do, I get caught up in making things look the way I want them to- it’s all a bit much sometimes! I think being able to hear the logic of an experienced coder from start to finish is why I find it so helpful to have code-along projects like this.
I think this also points to one thing I haven’t done much of yet: pair programming. My schedule’s pretty erratic, so I’m ruling that out for the time being, but it’s definitely something I’m looking forward to doing in the future!
I did start using a new strategy with this project: I watched each video twice- the first time I purely watched the video, and only actually coding along while I watched it a second time. I found that this helped my understanding a lot, because I didn’t need to focus as much on writing as the instructor was speaking- I already new what he was talking about.
I found this project really motivating, and I’m looking forward to completing more of this course! I hope everyone else is feeling as positive!