CS371p Spring 2020: Ian Thorne(Post 8)

What did you do this past week?

This past week I finished off my last graphics project before the break and took the individual half of the first test for this class. Fortunately, I think I did pretty well on the test!

What’s in your way?

Spring break, I guess? It’ll probably be hard to get myself to do any real work over the break. I’ve really been looking forward to an opportunity to just relax and not worry about school.

What will you do next week?

This week, I’ll probably just relax at home, like I mentioned above. If I get in the mood, though, I might start working on the Allocator project for this class. We wrote a memory allocator in my operating systems class, so I don’t think Allocator will be too terribly difficult (famous last words, I know). Given everything that’s going on right now, I’m really just looking forward to taking it easy this week.

What was your experience of Test #1a?

I thought Test #1a wasn’t too hard. Naturally, I waited to actually start studying until the night before, and when I saw the list of topics Dr. Downing posted on Piazza, I was pretty overwhelmed. I just forced myself to jump in and go over everything and honestly, it wasn’t that bad. After that, I did all the in-class Hackerrank challenges and reviewed the C++ reference pages for the functions we needed to know about, and those things really felt like the most useful studying I did.

What made you happy this week?

Getting through the exam for this class and knocking out my graphics project made me pretty happy this week. I’ve really felt like I’ve been getting into a better rhythm this semester and managing my time a lot better than I have in the past, so this week going smoothly helps confirm to me that I’m making progress in that regard. Like most students, while the reasons behind it aren’t in any way positive, I was also happy to have spring break extended.

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

This week, I’m going to pick cplusplus.com. Like cppreference.com, it provides interface and implementation details for all C++ standard library functions; however, it’s formatted in a much more readable way than cppreference and provides examples of those functions being used. It really helped out when studying for this class’s exam.