Many Saturdays are now study days. And today was no exception. It isn’t over by a long chalk.
I have two rules to stop myself losing concentration. Firstly that is to study in either 30 minute or 1 hour chunks, taking a 15 or 30 minute break from studying afterwards.
There is no point in studying when I’m losing concentration. If I’m coding, I can go a lot longer without needing a break.
Secondly and I will get onto the subject shortly, I like to mix up what I am studying. I started the day gently, reading about virtual reality coding in Web Designer magazine. Then I dived back into the Bonfires on Free Code Camp, which really are quite taxing for the brain.
I spent about 2 hours on just 3 bonfire challenges, and one repeated source of confusion for me was the use of regular expressions. It expected me to use them, without ever having taught me them. I hadn’t done any kind of tutorial on them, though I had read about them so was aware of their existence.
Cue a bit of Googling, and a touch of procrastination, I found RegexOne. 15 lessons on regular expressions, with a task on each one to be able to progress to the next one. Followed by some additional challenges which I am about to do.
Interactive online tutorials are for me the best way to learn – and though I am not going to be writing long regular expressions off the top of my head tomorrow, I now do have an understanding, and also a good resource to refer back to when I’m next challenged on regular expressions.
Do you have any other sources to practice regular expressions?
Time to go make my salad…[\leaves+oil\tomatoes+bacon]