Trying Another Approach

by Nick Jensen on October 22, 2013

I spent this last weekend at Anza Borrego. The sights and sounds of the desert filled me with a sense of tranquility which I haven’t experienced in years. Anza Borrego differs from the Mojave (a dull and brown desert). Don’t get me wrong, I like Joshua Tree. Still, Anza Borrego’s beauty tops most of the other deserts I’ve been to. The desert’s plants provide a sharp contrast with one another; bright shades of red and green growing out of white sand. It looks more like the ocean floor than a desert. Besides its visual aesthetics, Anza Borrego offers one thing which you will never find in LA. Silence. Absolute silence carries its weight in gold for those who live in Los Angeles, and that silence provided me an exceptional opportunity to reflect on my blogs. For the first time in years, I could hear myself think. No distractions. It’s the perfect time for introspection.

Up until now, I’ve been covering JavaScript chapter by chapter, and I honestly thought it would go smoothly because learning HTML went smoothly. Learning JavaScript, however, is by no means, a smooth process. In fact, it’s time-staking and tedious. The basic concepts of JavaScript are relatively simple, but those same concepts branch into so many different scenarios. in my last entry, I discussed JavaScript objects, which proved to be quite straightforward. But did you know that there’s more than one type of object? In JavaScript: A Beginner’s Guide, there are so many different types of objects that they are divided into chapters. Believe it or not, the chapter I went over in my last blog entry was just an introduction to objects.

If there is one salient lesson that I have learned throughout the last few weeks, it’s the concept of unpredictability. Never assume that a project will go exactly as planned. That and always be ready to adjust your strategy in order to meet goals. I originally thought I could both learn and write about a chapter of JavaScript every day. As it turns out, I can’t always do that. Writing about my experiences is the easy part. Learning the concepts and figuring out how to fit all of them into a single blog is difficult, if not completely impractical. I actually spend more time testing out my JavaScript codes than I do writing about them.

Sitting in the silent desert of Anza Borrego gave me the opportunity to clear out all cognitive backfill that’s been clogging my brain. Now that I have some clarity, I have come to a decision. I am changing the way I approach blog entries. I will no longer approach JavaScript chapter by chapter, but instead by concept. If I have already gone over the basics of objects, then I won’t be covering material on variations and types of objects. From the very beginning, my goal has been to touch upon the basics of JavaScript. It’s time for me to get back on track so I can move on to other blog projects (such as covering Dreamweaver). JavaScript is a fascinating code language, but I want to move on to other software tools.

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