SB Apprenticeship: Day 57

The ladies of SB made jack-o-lanterns!

The ladies of SB made jack-o-lanterns!

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What are you going to do today?
  • What do you expect to learn?

Happy Halloween! And Happy Friday!

Yesterday I worked on my bookstore for a little bit and then wrote a blog post about why I chose SB. Brandon and I paired a bit and I worked on katas.

Today is more of the same. Brandon showed me an actual Rails tutorial for Stripe that I hadn’t found before, so I’m going to work through that. I’m also going to read some more of Eloquent Ruby.

Hopefully I will finally learn how to make Stripe get a customer from my code.

SB Apprenticeship: Day 56

Lookit all those passing tests!

Lookit all those passing tests!

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What are you going to do today?
  • What do you expect to learn?

If this bookstore project has done one thing for my Ruby knowledge, it has made me completely unafraid of migrations. I guess ‘afraid’ is the wrong word, I was just under the impression that they were more significant than they are, like you should only make additional migrations in rare circumstances. Otherwise you should just be able to work around it. Obviously I was pretty wrong there. 🙂

I was able to fix the UnknownFormat error from yesterday, turns out my method was such a mess that it wasn’t even getting to the line where I declared the format. Josh helped prod me in the right direction, and it was on to the next error message! Which is still Stripe error while creating customer: Must provide source or customer. Sigh. Yesterday was Brandon’s day to work from home, but he was able to help me a bit over Slack, and said that he would help me more when we pair today. Since I wasn’t having any success fixing that I decided to work on the Cucumber tests so I wouldn’t be too far behind. I got a lot of them done, until I ran into the test that needs Stripe to work. But getting so many of them done was a relief, since I feel more caught up. Most of the tests that are left are somewhat repetitive, so as soon as we get Stripe working I should be able to fly through them.

Today I’m going to hopefully get the Stripe stuff worked through with Brandon. The documentation stuff for Stripe is good, but it’s not particularly newbie friendly — I don’t actually know where some of the code it gives you goes, for instance. Yet another thing to add to my increasing list of newbie tutorials I should do.

Yesterday Brandon said he was going to show me how to use the element inspector to view the details of network requests, so I can see the data that I’m passing to the Stripe API. I’m looking forward to that; I like learning the little tips and tricks to figure out what’s going on almost more than I enjoy learning to code in general. I also need to make some adjustments to my project based on the tests, one wants an order summary page and another says I should be able to adjust the quantity of books in my cart. So let’s see, today’s todo list is:

  • Figure out why Stripe isn’t seeing my customer
  • Add a summary page
  • Figure out the damned quantity thing
  • Finish Cucumber tests

I expect to learn to how to make the Stripe API talk to my code correctly, and hopefully how to adjust the quantity in my cart. I worked on that for a couple days, until Brandon told me that it wasn’t actually part of the requirements for the project and I didn’t have to do it, which made me happy, because it was way harder than I expected it to be.

SB Apprenticeship: Day 55

I got the form! Now I just need to make it work...

I got the form! Now I just need to make it work…

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What are you going to do today?
  • What do you expect to learn?

I found an old Railscast that helped me walk through setting up Stripe, which mostly worked, but I keep getting this weird error that google is not particularly helpful with. Anyone have an idea of what Unknown Format means?

ActionController::UnknownFormat

ActionController::UnknownFormat

Google (and by Google, I mean Stack Overflow) seems to think that I need to my respond_to needs to have a format associated with it, but I have format.html { redirect_to books_url }  in the method already. Sigh. This method is kind of a mess, though, so I need to refactor it. Maybe I’ll see if I can get some help with that, since nothing I’ve tried seems to help the situation. I haven’t been sleeping well this week, so I think I’m getting frustrated more easily than usual.

Today I’m going to figure out this method and fix that error, and then finish working through the Stripe tutorial.

I feel like I answer the “what do you expect to learn” part of this prompt with some variation of “…that I’m doing <whatever thing I am working on> wrong” way too often. I’m not always sure how I should be answering this question other than the fairly generic way that I do. Anyway, I expect to learn what that error means and how to fix it. I should probably also figure out how to tell whether or not my emails are sending, and if Stripe is actually charging the fake credit card I’m giving it. Lots to do today!

SB Apprenticeship: Day 54

Now you can check out!

Now you can check out! (Ignore the styling)

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What are you going to do today?
  • What do you expect to learn?

I have a checkout page now! I followed the tutorial in the Agile Web Development book, so now there’s a purchase button, a separate page to enter purchasing details, and it sends you an email both when you place an order and when it ships. Well, I think it sends an email, I haven’t actually figured out how to test that yet, but the book seemed confident that it would work.

It just occurred to me that one of my “if I win the lottery and don’t ever have to think about money again” daydreams has always been to own a bookstore, and I’ve always wanted to name it “Speak Friend And Enter,” because I’m a gigantic Tolkien nerd, and I’m missing my chance! Why am I naming my bookstore “Jessa’s Bookstore”?! That’s so boring! So anyway, I think I’m going to change that and look forward to the look on Brandon’s face when he sees it. Hee hee.

Today is Stripe day! Much like Rex Manning Day, I’ve been looking forward to this since I started this project. I can’t exactly explain why this has been the detail that I’ve been focusing on, maybe because it actually feels real? I use Stripe, I used it last night to pay for my hot chocolate at Cocoa Cinnamon, and even though this is a fictional bookstore, the ability to add Stripe and make if functional is a precursor to working on real projects at Smashing Boxes. Also, it’s the last major feature to add! So that’s pretty exciting.

I expect to learn that Stripe is incredibly complicated to implement, despite its clear documentation, because that’s just how my life works.

SB Apprenticeship: Day 53

Lookit my index page!

Lookit my index page!

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What are you going to do today?
  • What do you expect to learn?

I ended up getting more done Friday morning than I expected! Now my book index page has a logout link, and all the book titles are links. I added more Faker data (this is rapidly becoming my favorite gem), so when you click on the link, it goes to a book show page that includes a description.

Lorem ipsum is a description, right?

Lorem ipsum is a description, right?

Maybe someday I’ll be less impressed by accomplishing things like this, but for right now I was pretty darn thrilled. Brandon tells me all the time that I need to try random things more often, things that I’m not sure are going to work, which is not a thing I’m particularly good at. He was in a meeting Friday morning, though, and no one was around to answer my question, so I decided to just go for it with the line to make all the book titles links, and it worked! So, you know, positive reinforcement is a thing. 🙂

This week’s ToDo list:

  • Learn hashes (Brandon brought me a copy of Eloquent Ruby to read through)
  • Add a ‘Purchase’ button
  • Add Stripe (making sure that I know about PCI compliance and how it works)
  • Cucumber tests
  • Add the Carrierwave gem? Brandon said it would be super impressive if I could get it working.

I’m pretty excited that the end of the bookstore seems to be in sight. I think I’ve been annoying Brandon by frequently talking about how much I want them to hire me, so I’m going to try to be a little less vocal about it. I think at this point everyone knows I want to work here. Jinxing myself by annoying my mentor would just be tragic.

I had this grand plan of working on all the various courses about hashes this weekend, but then my boyfriend got a nasty bite from our cat, so instead it was taken up with Urgent Care, gauze and alarms to make sure he took his antibiotics. I think I may work on the purchase button and then read Eloquent Ruby in the afternoon. I really need to make sure I have a firm grasp on these basics. Also, I’m way behind in the reading I’ve been supposed to do for this apprenticeship, so I should maybe focus more on that.

SB Apprenticeship: Day 52

It’s Smashing Boxes’ 5th birthday! We’re having a field day this afternoon! I’m mostly hoping there will be cake. 🙂

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What are you going to do today?
  • What do you expect to learn?

Yesterday I got a lot done: I finally got the cart to show up on the homepage and populate with the number of items that were in it, Brandon and I fixed a wonky thing that was allowing me to save negative books as long as I had copies of that book already in my cart, I figured out how to make case insensitive search work (add a freaking I in front of LIKE in postgreSQL, sigh) and we determined that the acceptance criteria for the bookstore doesn’t currently require me to be able to increment books in the cart, so I’m just not going to do that. Apparently after I finish Brandon’s going to challenge me to add one more feature, which might be the incrementing thing, but I’m going to worry about that when it happens.

We also determined that I have somehow not managed to retain any of the things I learned about hashes. I know the basics about them, but when it comes time to manipulate them I just never can remember how. Brandon is going to loan me his copy of Eloquent Ruby and wants me to read at least the first half. He mentioned that my pairing tour is at least partly a judgement of my skills; the pairings with iOS, Front End and Android people won’t be, obviously, but when I pair with Brandon, Patrick, Joe or the other back end folks, they’ll be watching and have the ability to give me a thumbs down when it comes time to decide whether or not they’re going to hire me. Treehouse has a course on hashes that I’m going to work on this weekend too, I think. This is really basic stuff that I need to understand. I got Kevin to explain it to me yesterday, and it made sense, so either there’s some sort of disconnect between having it explained and actually doing it, or the third time’s the charm and it finally just actually clicked.

So, realistically speaking, I’m not going to get a lot done today: we have our backend standup at 9:30, the company-wide standup at noon and then field day, but I’m going to add the list of things I need to do in order to have it in one place that isn’t a raggedy index card.

  • Learn hashes
  • Add a page to show book details
  • Cucumber tests
  • Add logout
  • Remove the number box for quantity
  • Add the Carrierwave gem? Brandon said it would be super impressive if I could get it working.
  • Make sure and learn about PCI compliance when I add Stripe to my bookstore. Apparently the documentation is so good that it’s easy to just install it with no actual understanding of what’s happening. I guess good documentation is a double-edged sword.

Today I expect to remember how to add a logout button and change a number field to a text so I don’t have to worry about the incrementing stuff yet. I feel like those are two things I can definitely get done this morning.

SP Apprenticeship: Day 51

This is what my cart looks like now!

This is what my cart looks like now!

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What are you going to do today?
  • What do you expect to learn?

It was a challenge to get back in the flow of things yesterday after two days at a conference! I did finally manage to get my params in place so that I can change the total on a book when I add it to my cart. I still can’t edit the cart once I get it in there, but Brandon told me that would be more challenging than I thought, and he was right. I also did some styling so now it’s much clearer to read. I had a complete brain fart when it came to naming my headers and I couldn’t find a website that broke it down like that. ‘Cumulative price’ is terrible, I know, but it’s all I could think of. Anyone have any other suggestions? Maybe ‘line item total’? Meh. All my programmer friends have told me at one point or another that naming things is the most difficult part of programming, and it’s really true. Naming models and methods so that it’s clear and makes sense later when you’re refactoring or fixing something — it’s hard!

Today I am meeting a student in the current cohort of TIY for coffee; she wants to talk about my experience since I finished. I find it kind of interesting that Mason keeps sending these people to me, I certainly don’t mind, but I haven’t really hidden my complaints about the way TIY does things. I figured that I would be the last person that anyone sent students to. Although now that I think about it, I haven’t been asked to talk to any prospective students. Heh. Anyway, that’s at noon, then at 1 we’re having a retrospective about All Things Open, and then after that I’m pairing with Brandon. I have three things I want to get done this week:

  • Add a link to my cart in the corner of the homepage so you can access it without adding more books
  • Get the quantity incrementing to work and save
  • Complete at least one feature file in my cucumber tests

I’m going to ask Brandon to help with the incrementing, it really is proving super challenging. Once I get this cart stuff done, I think next week I can focus on adding Stripe and making it work, which will hopefully be easier than it was for David, since the first thing Brandon did was get rid of Turbolinks, and then I’ll be done and ready to start my pairing tour!

I expect to learn that the incrementing problem is probably going to be only a few steps, but they’re going to be non-intuitive. I’m not even entirely sure where to start with the cart, there are like four problems I have to solve there: getting it to show on the home page, positioning it where I want it, getting it to show the current number of items, and getting it to update when I add or remove something new. Should be interesting!