CS 373 Spring 2022: Carlos Vela (Week of 24 Jan. — 30 Jan.)

What did you do this past week?

This past week was a pretty straightforward week in that it was just attending lectures and getting familiar with what is expected of me in my classes this semester. There hasn’t been that much in terms of work assigned yet, so I’m just trying to enjoy the calm before the storm if that makes sense.

What’s in your way?

The main thing in my way for this course in specific is getting comfortable with python and the related libraries. Given my marginal experience with python, it will take some time to get adjusted to the syntax and different tools that are available to me. Other than this class, it’s just getting adjusted to some classes being in person while others are online.

What will you do next week?

Next week I will focus on the Collatz project and actually start to write out code for the project. Given what we have covered in class, I’m not too worried about the project in terms of difficulty. I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of what is being asked of us, so I’m confident that this project will be completed in a timely manner.

What did you think of Paper #1: Syllabus?

I thought that Paper #1: Syllabus was pretty straightforward if I’m honest. I thought the syllabus did a pretty good job of outlining the expectations for the class. The syllabus outlining the new grading scheme was also critical, and after reading it over a couple of times I think I have a pretty good idea of how the new grading scheme works. Other than that, I think the syllabus was easy to follow and will definitely be referring back to it throughout the semester.

What was your experience of assertions and Collatz?

My experience of assertions and Collatz was relatively good. I have utilized assertions throughout my programming career, so I felt that I had a really good grasp of how to properly utilize assertions in my own code. As I mentioned earlier, Collatz seems to be a relatively straightforward problem and I don’t anticipate it being extremely difficult. I think Professor Downing has done an excellent job taking us through the problem so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else is covered next week.

What made you happy this week?

Since all my classes were online for the last two weeks, I was able to spend extra time at home with my family. Given that there is often a large amount of time between when I’m able to see them in person, I was glad to have the extra time to spend with them.

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

My pick of the week for this week is Juypter Notebook. It is a web-based developing environment that is commonly used for python. I highly recommend using this tool or at least checking it out if you plan on messing around with python code (outside of this class of course). Here is a link to their website: https://jupyter.org/




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