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Discovering LIT

I thought I knew some basics of Javascript and CSS, but I was wrong. To begin, I'm writing this blog for one of my IST lab assignments. I first had to complete a list of thing.

List:

  • Download VSCode, NPM, and NodeJS
  • Create GitHub account
  • Link SSH

NPM is important because it provides tools that Node.js files may need. It also helps us interact with and create repos.

I already had VSCode and NPM, so all I needed was NodeJS. To download NodeJS, I search type it into Google and clicked the first link. I wanted to download the the recommended version and stuck with Ver. 16.13.2.

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I had a GitHub account and just needed to create a repository for this lab assignment. Then, I went on a tangent on what a SSH was and how to find my keys. I ended up using this tutorial on setting up my SSH keys for GitHub.

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With everything installed and ready I ran over the LIT tutorials provided by our professor. This was when I realized I knew nothing about Javascript. The tutorial started off easy, but got harder as more components came together. I was kinda lost at the last page of the tutorial, but I think it was enough for me to complete the lab.

Lab 1: Create a Hello World Element

I looked over the simple sample code given to us as a reference and documented what I understood and didn't. Deleting and checking what the code would produce helped me understand some components. After studying the code, I renamed all the element components to "Hello World". I knew I was correct once it produced the same results as the sample code. However, all of this was done in the LIT tutorial website, I still had to run my code using NPM. In the end, I couldn't completely finish the assignment because it didn't run and I had errors. I'm still trying to figure out what happened and if there's no result, I will head to my classmates, professor, or TAs for help.

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Update Jan 19

With the help of some of my classmates, I was able to figure out what went wrong. I should have looked over the professors tutorial because I completely skipped over some steps for the "open-wc". Once everything was installed, then I could run "npm start".

I still came across some errors after running my code and I'll go over some of them.

First, my "HelloWorld" class was not capitalized so it looked like this (picture below).
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Second, I did not import the source correctly. I should have added two dots to get to my hello-world.js directory, instead I only had one.
Image description(WRONG, it should be src="../hello-world.js")

After patching up everything and running "npm start", the outcome looked like this.

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You can check out my code on GitHub.

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