CS373 Spring 2022: Martin Nguyen

What did you do this past week?

This past week I started to go in person to my classes as well as trying to get things back to normal. It was really refreshing to be able to feel like it was regular, although there are still some differences from before.

What’s in your way?

The weather honestly killed a lot of the motivation that I had to do my homework, and as a result, I am playing catch up to a couple of important assignments that are due soon. I should focus on managing my time properly and being able to stay focused on certain things that I have to do.

What will you do next week?

I will catch up with the rest of my assignments as well as try to keep a consistent schedule, hopefully, the weather will be nice the rest of the next week so that I can step outside for a longer period of time.

If you read it, what did you think of Paper #3: Continuous Integration?

Continuous integration is such an important thing to do, and I think this will help a lot in our projects since we can easily detect what went wrong as quickly as possible. This idea allows people to quickly develop safe code that works.

What were your experiences with Unit Tests, Coverage, and IsPrime? (this question will vary, week to week)

I had experience with all three of these things considering that I took OOP last semester. Unit tests are essential in coding since they test different functions of your program so you can see which parts of your code are wrong instead of trying to comb through every line of it. Coverage is also great since you can see if your unit tests are covering every part of your code as well as detecting code that is not used or redundant. IsPrime is always a neat exercise that shows how you can efficiently detect whether a number is prime or not, as well as showing that unit tests are not bugproof as well.

What made you happy this week?

I decided to come back this week to hang out and spend some time at my church for their Lunar New Year festival tomorrow. Hopefully, that goes well, and I’m glad to spend some time with some of my friends that I don’t see often during the school year! It kind of screws with my time to spend on doing assignments since it takes a while to drive to Houston, but I think I will be fine.

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

With Meta set to lose about $10 billion for their latest quarter due to Apple’s privacy changes allowing people to opt-in for advertising, this shows how much some companies rely on the usage of people’s data for advertising. With Google set to asking if people want to opt-out of personalized advertising, this can be a big hit to Meta and other companies that apply the same strategy. I believe that we should have a right to own our data and we should earn money from selling our own data instead of it getting stolen and used against us for free. This could potentially change how advertising works in the future, but we’ll have to see.

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