First Java Program and My Side Project

Tiffany White,

I breezed through my first Java project with relative ease and little help. I can thank the year of struggling with things like Python and JavaScript for that level of comfort. I did need help with Operator Precedence and I probably will still need help with it in the interim. I also reached out to Stack Overflow for an answer: how do you escape and % sign in a format string? I knew \ plus a letter escapes a lot of line breaks and characters but it doesn’t escape a % sign in a format string. So how do you escape a % sign? With 2 % signs. Interesting.

I got to experience the thrill of debugging something myself. That feeling was satisfying. I am learning.

So what does my first Java program look like? Well, because of the requirements, the code is really verbose. I don’t think I could use a method call at all to sort of DRY it out. I may be able to do that down the road.

See what I mean by verbose? But we’re beginners so I guess she wants to make sure we know what we’re doing. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

So I had the chance this week to work on my address book. I am looking for ways to use Google’s Contacts API and am in the process of looking for API courses or videos. I also want to write my own RESTful APIs eventually so I need to get cracking on the learning of that.

I am only taking 6 credits so I have some in between time. It won’t be that way next fall as I try to get scholarships and with most scholarships, you have to be 12 credits to get them. It doesn’t bother me– mostly all my gen eds are completed so I can focus on Computer Science for the next two or three years.

Anyway, I’ve used some simple Bootstrap to set up a few of the pages. Here’s the static html code for the index page:

It’s going to be a Node app hosted on Heroku. I can’t wait to get it finished.

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