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June 6, 2017

RC week #8

A whole Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5 Week6 Week7 eight weeks has passed since I began my programming journey at the Recurse Center!

Ok. Here’s what happened on the eight week.

Day 50

  • I actually forgot it was Memorial day! RC was still open and a few people were there.
  • Sketched out a React project that I want to work on.
  • The idea is to create a simple visual todo board where you can just dump text notes, url, images and sketches on it.
  • Another way to look at it is as less specific than a todo list and more concrete than a mood board.
  • Here is a sketch of the idea:

Day 51 

  • Wasn’t feeling well today. So I stayed in, read a book and watched a lot of Better Call Saul (so good!)

Day 52 – 54

  • I’m getting stuck a lot while working on my first React App, which also means I’m learning a lot(I think…)
  • I keep going back to the official docs on React, which I think are written really clearly.

I especially really like this overview: Thinking in React. There are essentially 4 critical steps in architecting a React app.

  1. Breaking the UI into a hierarchy of components.
  2. Build a static representation of the app.
  3. Model a representation of your UI state.
  4. Identify where that state will live.
  5. Add reverse data flow ( component -> state)

So far, I’ve been able to go through 1-5 for one component (text notes) and now I’m working on Images. The notes are also draggable using React Draggable library. Here is a sneak peek!

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