Today is August 1st – the first day of the month – which seems like a great day to start something new. I’ve been studying programming for the past several months and it’s had it’s ups and downs. The thrill of seeing small pieces of code do something - and the frustration of poring over lines of code that ‘should work’ – but don’t. It’s an amazing moment in my life – not working full time and focusing on learning something new, and it’s full of potential distractions and ambiguous deadlines.
My intention for this blog is to document my progress, questions, learnings and connect with others on this journey.
Here are some hacker stuff I am working on today:
-Watched the first 60+ minutes of Udacity’s “Intro to Comp Sci” class while riding the exercise bike. It was painfully slow at times, but I am going to try to complete the course and not skip ahead. Most of it was elementary (even for me) and repetitive, but I suspect it may pick up speed.
-Reached out to a self-taught hacker chic that spoke at last night PyLadies Lightning Talk and we are going to try to meet up later this month
-Working on a game program inspired by code I found on pygame.com and code from the book “Making Games in Python with Pygame” by Al Sweigart. It involves moving a cat to catch the squirrel. My cat moves just fine, but the squirrel isn’t appearing on the screen so that is what I need to sort out.
Here’s a glimpse at the part that is working: