All Things are New in the Morning

I did no coding this past weekend. Saturday I read and did work for my other class (cholera and yellow fever!) and Sunday, despite the drizzle, I went out and enjoyed my favourite season of the year by picking apples.

When I sat down again with my editdocs file, which has given me so many headaches over the past few weeks, I immediately saw where certain things were going wrong. I had missing spaces in some of my echoes which were interfering with the code (“select” needed to be ” select “). In the space of a couple hours I was able to get the page to display preselected information, something which I’d been trying to do for over a week.

I’m not done with my CRUD yet. I’m slowly writing in the update code for editdocs, which has to update or create for all four join tables. I want to be sure I’m writing things properly so I’m not rushing through it. Plus, ever since we turned on error display I’m getting some odd error messages that I can’t quite understand (the variable isn’t undefined on line 29! Line 29 is where I tell you what it is! There’s an = and everything!).

Still, taking a break and looking at something other than a screen made it much easier to see where I was writing errors and where I need to go. Next time I hit a wall when coding, I will get up and go for a walk or something.

(The title of this post is a line from the poem “Blake Tells the Tiger the Tale of the Tailor” from A Visit to William Blake’s Inn by Nancy Willard)

One thought on “All Things are New in the Morning”

  1. Ah, one of the first rules of coding… and life in general, I guess. If you’re stuck, leave it alone for a while.

    I try that trick often. It worked again for me just today!

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