Is it Holiday Break Yet?

We spent the majority of this week going over putting a full MEAN project together, which is what the belt exam we took on Friday consisted of. I feel like the first part of this made so much sense to me and, though it was kind of a struggle, I felt like I was understanding Angular. Then I go to put it all together and somehow, it all falls apart.

"Sports" Day visit to an exhibit at the Chicago Water Tower
“Sports” Day visit to an exhibit at the Chicago Water Tower

I have hand-drawn maps of what relates to what, because I’m a visual person. It seems like it makes sense, but then I have problems getting my application to work. I think my frustration point is in that when I see a solution, I’m actually not that far off from what’s correct, I am just inexperienced, which makes debugging difficult. After quite a few late nights of studying and trying to drill information into my head, I felt relatively well prepared to take the exam on Friday.

Then I hit a bug. One that took me close to an hour to find. And one that was relatively minimal in the scope of things. JavaScript, and Angular in particular, is really unforgiving when you make mistakes. Sometimes it won’t log a single thing as wrong, but the program still doesn’t work. It turns out it’s a missing comma or that you used “URL” instead of “Url”. It’s definitely taking a different mindset to find things like that. Anyway, I wound up failing that exam pretty hard. Life will go on.

The train sat long enough to finally get a shot of this building
The train sat long enough to finally get a shot of this building

After the exam, I helped some of the instructors move stuff up to the new dojo space! The one we’ve been in is temporary, with the permanent space finally getting done this past week. It’s a lot bigger, and will be expanded, plus it’s on the 6th floor, so there’s a killer view. It felt good to do a little manual labor and take my mind off of the test.

I hung out with a few people from the dojo on Saturday night and went back to Glenn’s Diner. I’d eat their sturgeon once a week if I could. It’s absolutely unreal. The highlight of my week was getting to see my friend Megan on Sunday!

Megan and I were in the same motorcycle club in Denver, The Scarlet Headers. She had been wanting a change of scenery and her job allowed her to transfer to Chicago, so she’s been out here for about a year. She’s also into drinking really great beer, so we met up at Hopleaf in Andersonville. They have a really great menu (we both got the Duck Reuben…unreal) and a killer beer list that rotates pretty frequently. Andersonville itself is another really cool little neighborhood in Chicago. Super good local shops, fantastic restaurants, and only a ten block walk from the apartment!

Giant rubber band ball at an oddities shop in Andersonville
Giant rubber band ball at an oddities shop in Andersonville

I plan on trying to retake the exam this week, but have decided that I won’t do it unless I’m 100% confident in my skills. If it’s not this week, then next! Or the week after that!

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