Reading failing test messages does help

After about four weeks of being at Makers Academy, I am finally coming to terms with writing tests. They actually do seem helpful, haha! I can actually now depend on my tests to tell me, why my programme isn’t working. Before, I didn’t really trust myself to write tests that tell the truth, but during last weekend’s challenge, most of the time, when I just saw a failing test and thought I knew why it was failing but didn’t read the error properly, it would take me ages to figure out what was wrong, just to find out that my tests were screaming at me (for example: “YOU HAVE TWO BUTTONS WITH THE SAME NAME ON THE PAGE! AMBIGUOUS! CHANGE THAT NOW!”).

The fun I have ….

For anyone interested, here’s my turn on creating a twitter clone: https://chittr-here.herokuapp.com (More info can be found on my Github: https://github.com/AnnemarieKohler/chitter-challenge). I didn’t have much time left to do much CSS, so next week during lab week, I want to polish it up a bit more. CSS is dangerous though, before you know it, 3hours have passed to find the perfect border colour…

Week 3 day 1

CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S ALREADY WEEK 3.

Sorry for the caps. This is so weird, on one side, it feels like I’ve always done this but on the other, it feels not long at all, haha.

Anyways, this week we’re going to start on web stuff: The ruby web framework Sinatra, Heroku and some HTML/CSS. This gives me massive comfort, as I’ve got some experience with that, especially the HTML/CSS I don’t have to stress out. I believe in week 8, we’ll be doing some more advanced HTML/CSS, and then it will probably get a bit crazy.

Yesterday morning, we had our code review and this time, because my mentor let me know that he wouldn’t be there, I grabbed one of the alumni helpers, who looked through my code. This was super helpful, as it showed me exactly where I need to improve my code.

I will probably try and get another mentor, as mine has already graduated and seems too busy to come in. This is a bit annoying, but I’ve already spoken to a coach about this and hope we can find a new mentor, otherwise, I always have to grab a helper, which wouldn’t be ideal but ok.