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Julio Sanchez14,289 Points
Should I know more by now?
Hi everyone. I know this is a hard question to answer because we're all different but here it goes.
I just finished shopping_list_3 and was able to follow along and if I pause the video and look at what I typed, I can make sense of it, however, I know that I could not create this shopping list on my own right now. Should I be able to do that at this point or just be able to make sense of the code when I look it over. I'm feeling a little frustrated over this right now.
Chris FreemanTreehouse Moderator 68,390 Points
There are still many tricks and common programming structure to learn. While reading and understanding code come fairly quickly. Starting from a blank page is much harder but will get easier with time and practice. Stick with it. It is good practice to try and recreate some of the video examples and all the challenge questions from scratch locally. Even rote copying will help build up a sort of muscle memory of the flow and structure of python. But remember, we all fall back on the docs, google, and StackOverflow to remember some details or a bit of code that we don't recall as readily as we would like.
For example, you'll see things like:
if __name__ == '__main__': all the time, but it still took me a long time before I could add it to a script with consulting references. (you'll learn about this code snippet later on in the course!)