Coding When You Can

I think I may need a new blog theme. I set this site up super quickly – prior to this, I was trying to get my personal website set up with Hugo and I spent hours doing what was supposed to be a super easy install (yes there was some learning curve with Git and the Mac command line for this Windows girl). I then ran into issues with my hosting and thought you know what, screw it. This is taking up way too much time, and I’m here to learn how to code iOS apps, not to use Hugo for my personal website. So I went with my old familiar friend WordPress, picked out a free theme in about 2 minutes, and here I am. What I was getting at here is that I hate that the blog looks like crap unless I put a picture in the post! I mean, how many selfies can I take with my computer before it’s just boring for everyone?!

Tonight I decided to get behind the keyboard for a little while, even though it’s late and it’s Sunday and I’m up against giving my daughter her bath and bedtime routine. It seems like with my schedule, I can only spend time coding every couple of days. I think the important thing is not the frequency, but just the fact that I keep coming back to it. I’m a very determined person, and I am determined to make time for this and to see it through. The wheels in my mind are already churning about what my first app is going to be. I’m going to keep it very simple at first, but I’m excited. And I’m already kind of “over” the demo app. Is that terrible to say? I just want to care about what I’m developing, and I do not care about a food tracker. I’ve never tracked food a day in my life!

However I think I’m going to complete the tutorial. I’m about halfway done, and what’s left is back end stuff – defining a data model and actually saving the food ratings and displaying them back to the user.

Today I worked on the ratings control of my demo app. I learned how to add images to the Assets folder, how to style those images, and how to use the star rating in various selection states (highlight, empty, filled, cleared) based on the user’s actions. When a user uses the ratings control, I now have the selectedRating tracking a number behind the scenes. I also learned about property observers, although I don’t really understand them yet.

So next time I work, I’ll define a data model. I’m interested to see how this works, since my prior experience is with a SQL backend. That’s it for today! I’m off to go wash dishes then give my toddler a bath…#momlife

PS – I recently ran a SEO business and the minimum ‘good’ blog post length for SEO purposes is 1,000 words. It’s giving me some kind of enjoyment to write such a short posts, knowing that I am doing this just as an outlet for myself, not to hit some kind of magical word count or keyword score. Short blogging is so much easier 😉

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