Today in "Man, I Suck At This"… (Adventures in Learning Ruby)

building a blog with ruby

There is absolutely nothing in this world like the feeling of sucking at something and then improving at it.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the hard work of getting better at something. I’d do well to remember this whenever I want to quit learning Ruby.

I’m on my third go-around with Skillcrush’s Ruby Blueprint, and once again I’ve become stuck on class variables, class methods, and attribute accessors. I’m comfortable with being bad at this, but I’m worried that the “getting better” part that Coates alludes to will always be just out of reach.

Mapping with Leaflet.js and OpenStreetMaps

You guys.

I made a map.

Thanks to Lyzi Diamond‘s super-easy Hell yes, Leaflet! tutorial, I made a map.

I’m excited about this for a couple of reasons. First, it is the first time since I really started focusing on improving my skills that I actually built something useful, and second, it means that using Leaflet as part of an upcoming work project is not only a possibility, it’s a certainty. And I’m going to be the one to build it. If you’re curious about how I did it, check Lyzi’s tutorial, or just view source on the page to see the comments in my code.

Now ‘scuse me while I strut.