CS371p Spring 2020: Ian Thorne (Post 10)

What did you do this past week?

Everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) that I should have done over spring break, but didn’t. I did the allocator assignment for this class, the test for this class, algorithms homework, an algorithms test, two Spanish essays, and most of an AET project. It was quite the week.

What’s in your way?

Presently, nothing — other than my desire not to sit in front of my laptop for over twelve hours a day. Also, my inexplicable decrease in motivation resulting from being at home, surrounded by distractions. So I guess there are a few things in my way, but I’m sure I’ll manage to keep up with everything. If I kept up with last week, I think I’ll be fine.

What will you do next week?

This week, I’ll need to start working on the next graphics assignment and the Darwin assignment for this class. Realistically, I don’t know how far I’ll be able to make it on Darwin with a graphics project to contend with, but I’m going to make sure I at least set up my repo with everything I’ll need to really start working the week after.

What was your experience of Test #1b?

I thought it wasn’t that bad. I was (pleasantly) surprised by how similar it was to Test #1a, which feels so long ago now… I feel like I landed in a pretty good group, however, because we communicated well and managed to get the whole test done with about ten minutes to spare. That left us some time to look over everything and make sure we included all of the requirements that weren’t correctness-based.

What made you happy this week?

I was pretty happy that I felt like I did pretty well on the test for this class and my algorithms class. With getting used to the remote workflow for classes (and my aforementioned decrease in motivation), I didn’t get to study as much as I normally would have, so feeling like I did well on them is really nice. Also just getting everything done that I needed to made me quite happy this week.

What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?

If you’ve got a partner or group project to work on, but you’re not sure how best to go about doing so, I would recommend making a Discord server for it. My partner for graphics and I made a server, and it’s been pretty nice so far. Since you can screen-share while in a voice call, it makes it pretty easy to pair program, since one person can screen-share and the other can watch, like if you were working in person. The server also doubles as a place to put all your thoughts and ideas for the project.