Starting the first project

So this is my first post here, been reading a lot, and have appreciated how amazing this site and the community are!

I started last week and have made a start on the first project “Making feedback survey”. Not sure if this is the right place to put this, but am just wondering how long did this take people in general? I started yesterday, maybe about 5 hours in and feel like I’ve made little progress. Worried I’m not quite getting it, when I do the mini topics I’ve been picking it up just fine, but now it’s the storyboard part, my brain seems to not compute! Hopefully I get over this hurdle, but any advice on how you all got over the first hurdle would be appreciated! :slight_smile:

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One of the most important things to not losing interest is to not stress out about it. If you start to feel stressed, take a short break (5-10 minutes) or even a long break (a few hours or tomorrow) if that’s what it takes.

Concerning how long it takes, I wouldn’t worry about that at all. Everyone learns at different rates. Comparing yourself to other coders is pretty much just another way to introduce stress into the situation. My recommendation would be to read each of the “User Stories” that you are not meeting the requirements of and find where those were applied in the previous courses, to help jog your memory on the topic.

If you take this approach, and just keep at it; before you know it you will look back on this project and be very pleased with all of the progress you have attained.

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A week is not long at all when it comes to the grand scheme of things. Some people pick things up quicker than others, but theres no timeline that says “to be good you need to finish this in x amount of time.” You will find as you continue your journey that its going to take time, and some topics like JavaScript will take months before you are comfortable with it. Even then it will take more time to have the understanding to use it in a project effectively. Programming is not one of those things that is going to happen quickly. It takes a lot of time and commitment, but its worth it if you stay with it.

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This helped so much! I was trying to make it fancy before I even managed to complete the steps, just restarted and have managed to get all the steps in and am now trying to make it look good! I think I made the mistake of looking at what others have done and thinking ‘oh I need to do that straight away’ rather than just going with a basic look and building it up. First time coding, but damn, I can feel the itch already!

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Glad to have helped Laura!

I know a lot of the people in these forums are experienced programmers, and have a lot more insight they can share with you. I, on the other hand, am still very new to this thing, and I’m learning right alongside you. But I want you to know, when I read your post and actually went back to look at the project you are referring to it made me feel really good about how far I’ve come.

I want to thank you for posting, because whether you meant to or not it really helped me with my confidence going forward! Keep at it and maybe some day someone will come along and help inspire you in a similar way :smile:

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