Another week completed already! With the end of week 2 brings the close to the first half of the class. At the end of each class, the instructors give a survey to determine if you feel ‘behind pace,’ ‘on pace,’ or ‘ahead of pace.’ While I still feel I am in the ‘ahead of pace’ category, I have been learning quite a bit!
One of the cool things about Hack Reactor is that, no matter the complexity of the material, they always find a way to challenge you with the exercises.
This started with a brief refresher on the Boolean data type. We then spent most of our time working on If/Else statements. I really enjoyed taking what we had previously learned about DOM Manipulation and applying conditional statements based on user input.
I was very impressed with Hack Reactor as they took a seemingly simple concept and really made students push the limits of while loops. As I would normally use for loops for a majority of my functional programming, it was interesting to see how you can really leverage while loops, such as creating a simple rock, paper, scissors game.
While jQuery can take a little getting used to, it definitely seems like the way to go for DOM Manipulation. I really enjoyed learning about jQuery effects as well.
We had a Halfway Hackathon! As a team, we were required to develop a project idea, and using all that we have learned so far, develop that idea individually in 3 hours.
I really enjoyed working with my group to problem solve and create a really fun version of the classic ‘Breakout’ game.