Debugging is fun

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So a very cool feature of MS Visual Studio is the Debugger… being able to step through code and watch it in action is very helpful to a visual learner such as myself.

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Disclaimer: This is not my actual code – random image off the internet.

Right now I’m working on loops… yes basic loops again in my life. I am trying to be patient as I am sure I have learning gaps that I need to fill but at this point it is review. I have officially written loops as part of learning to code since I was in college in 2009 and the logic is always the same. However, visually stepping through my loops and the watching the variables change value is pretty cool.

Tip: Step through your code using the F10 button while debugging and add a ‘Watch’ to specific variables to watch them change as the code is executed. 😉

I am humble enough to realize that there are loops that get really complicated that would take quite a while to understand but these really are basic… believe it or not I am STILL on Chapter 2… there are a lot of activities and I have been quite distracted with other pursuits like some freelance work but this is soooooo slow!!!

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Ruby Case Statements

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As part of my ongoing self learning experience this evening I am experimenting with Ruby ‘case statements’. Not much to say on this as I am trying to grasp the power of this functionality but I wanted to share and publicly thank @skorks for this great post… I don’t know you but you’re awesome!

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Image borrowed from: http://www.skorks.com/2009/08/how-a-ruby-case-statement-works-and-what-you-can-do-with-it/ – great source of info on this subject. THANK YOU!

Late night coding… oh wait it’s only 8:41 PM? What a long day! No better way to end it though. TTYL!!

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Showtime at ACLTC!

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I survived an adrenaline and nerve filled day. The showcase of our capstone projects at Anyone Can Learn to Code. The entire room was quite a buzz the whole 2.5 hours. I received so much positive feedback and interest in my application/site – it was great!

If you have been following along and reading this blog I think you deserve the first look at my screencast promoting my capstone project – ‘Volunteer Management System’…. yes I know, I know I need a snazzy name and I’m working on it. I’m very open to suggestions. So if anyone views this screencast and has some naming ideas please share! I’m very open to suggestions at this point.

I honestly was so focused on the logic and functionality of my site I didn’t even consider the marketability factor which some think is really high… so huzzah! Although I am quite proud of my accomplishment completing this course I am well aware of how much I have to learn. It is my hope that my coding skills will continue to grow and that I am provided with the opportunities to evolve into a capable developer.

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