I’m Ruby & Rails newbie, I come from PHP but never did any serious development. I’m currently on the Iteration E on the book and I can say that I’m doing fine until now: I understand the code (90%) and I’m solving the Playtime exercises most of the times.
Thing is, I think I’m moving pretty slow (3rd day, page 122) since I’m reading the same pages again and again, trying to assimilate everything and I’m constantly thinking: “what have I learned until now? what I’ve learned before? can I do this again on my own?” and things like this.
I mean, for a newbie, all this info and the things that happen magically by the framework can be overwhelming. Every iteration on the Depot application contains a bunch of new stuff to learn, understand and remember.
Are we supposed to understand every bit of code that we’re doing while developing the Depot application, or we may understand some things later that are explained in detail in the following chapters (after the application)?
Am I the only one that feels kinda “lost” in the info? Many times while I’m reading a page, I’m thinking about the terms & things I’ve learned in the previous pages and scroll up to check them again. Not that I don’t understand them, but I forget them as I learn new things again. I’m always thinking that if I’m asked to start again from zero and do everything I did until now, I wouldn’t be able to do a lot of things.
On the other hand, sometimes I think that just by reading a book and just type code you’re given (even if you investigate it) is not enough to learn ― you must eventually try to build something on your own, face your problems and solve them.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging anyone or anything, I’m just sharing my thoughts here and see if anyone else is experiencing the same “issues”.