- CS373 Spring 2022: Alex Chandler
I am Junior at the University of Texas studying computer science and machine learning. I was born and grew up in Houston, Texas, where I attended Bellaire High School. In high school, I loved to play basketball and soccer with my friends. I decided to go to the University of Texas, as it was a great college close to home, and I was fortunate enough to have free tuition as part of the Texas Tomorrow Fund. I majored in computer science due to my faith that a background in technology and computing would help me work and solve problems in the technology field. The University of Texas offered me a home in a growing city where I could see myself living and working after graduation.
Why are you in this class?
I am taking Software Engineering, as I hope it will force me to learn how to solve problems that I have never formally learned before. For example, I want to formally learn relational algebra and SQL. Software Engineering (CS373). I also like the prospect of working with a team to build a website, handle API requests, and use new tools for web development.
What are your expectations of this class?
How did you like the first lectures?
I really enjoyed the first lecture. The quiz was not stressful and very straightforward. I am sure that there are more challenging quizzes to come. The class seemed much more friendly and engaging than I was expecting, likely due to the cold calling.
How did you feel about the cold calling?
Cold calling helps me focus on the class. When I know that I can be cold called, I am less likely to be distracted in class. I also like learning more from my classmates, as their answers provide a unique perspective to the class.
What made you happy this week?
I liked catching up on season two of Euphoria, a drama focused on teenagers struggling through high school with issues of identity and addiction. The show, although unrealistic and sensational, is very entertaining.
What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?
Tired of managing print statements while executing a bot in python? Try out the logging library to implement an optimal logging system. I have personally used the logging library on two different projects, and I found that it was much easier to distinguish between various types of bugs. From “DEBUG” to “CRITICAL”, the logging library provides six different logging levels.