Week 3

What did you do this past week

This past week, I finished the Collatz project. I had already finished the coding part and getting it accepted on SPOJ the week before. This week I was completing the other requirements such as the log and documentation. Overrall, I very much enjoyed the project and optimizing the problem with a meta cache. The requirements seemed duanting at first but it was actually pretty easy.

My other classes, I had a very interesting programming assingment for Software Design that took quite a while for my partner and I to compelte. In Intro to Security, I learned about Multi-level security. In accounting, I learned more about boring accounting stuff as usual.

What’s in your way?

Programming projects! I have three this week. The Netflix project for this class, another programming assignment for Software Design, and my first programming assigment for Intro to Security. I heard about the Netflix project from friends who took OOP and SWE, and I am really looking forward to it. I’m not really looking forward to the other two projects because they seem boring and don’t interest me.

What will you do next week

Going to keep on grinding and take it day by day. Hopefully the Netflix project is released soon so that I can get started on it. I need to finish the first programming project for Intro to Security. I heard it’s easy and should only take about an hour max.

This class

Another great week of lectures in SWE yet very confusing on Tuesday. We went over the more basics on Python. I’m having a hard time grasping lists vs tuples and when they get changed. For example. on Thursday I was almost caught off guard on the quiz where there were 2 tuples, 1 tuple being in another one. I recall the example in class on Tuesday dealt with a list in a tuple, and I knew it had to be different for a tuple in a tuple. These daily quizzes are going to give me a heart attack one day if I’m not prepared for them.

The lecture on Thursday was really good. I like it when Dr. Fares makes us write functions on paper. I don’t even remember the last time I wrote any code on paper. The python Reduction function is useful and I want to incorporate it on the Netflix project if I can.

Tip of the week

To keep myself motivated and on task, I bought a medium sized whiteboard and hung it on my wall in my apartment. I have a to-do list for each class that needs to be completed for the day. Tasks such as “Write the weekly blog” for SWE, “start unit 3 in accounting” for Accounting. Everytime I compelete a task, I place a checkmark next to it. It makes my feel like I have accomplished something for the day and keeps me motivated. The whiteboard plus the expo markers and eraser cost me about ~$30 on Amazon.

Written on February 5, 2017