Long-term takeaways from this class:

How well do you think the course conveyed those takeaways?

This course definitely conveyed these takeaways well. Testing was really important when…


What did you do this past week?

I mainly worked on reviewing SQL this week, I am quite happy I did as one of my friends needed help understanding some code for his start up and there was a lot of SQL involved. I also worked through some of the Hackerranks by myself to get a better understanding of it. I cannot believe I was able apply this new knowledge to my internship as well by writing automation scripts that would store server data in a SQL database.

What’s in your way?

Not much is in my way this week…


What did you do this past week?

This week, I mainly spent time working on homework for other classes. I did spend time rewatching some of the SWE lectures on Canvas to better understand the concepts. I also spent some time looking at SQL documentation online while doing the hackerrank exercises.

What’s in your way?

There’s not much in my way this week, I was able to finish all my work a lot faster than I anticipated! I can devote a lot of my time to this phase and helping my team.

What will you do next week?

Next week…


What did you do this past week?

I worked to finish phase 3 of the SWE Project. It was tough but we eventually finished. We used Algolia to provide searching, sorting, and filtering. It was really cool. We first had to fill the Algolia servers with our data, so I wrote a small script to pull from our Postgres database and push it into the Algolia indices. Our data was not as clean as I wanted it to be so I cleaned it up as it filled Algolia. …


What did you do this past week?

This past week, I worked on refining the API endpoints for our site for phase 3. I learned there is a really easy way to search using Flask Restless. This may be how we will search for this phase.

What’s in your way?

I think the biggest thing in my way this week was my neural nets assignment. I am confused where to start but I am hopeful that rewatching the lectures and working through my ideas will help me figure it out.

What will you do next week?

This coming week, I…


What did you do this past week?

This past week, I finished phase 2 of the project. It was really hectic trying to finish everything. I feel like if we had another day, it would have been a lot better. My final task was deploying the site and watching Larry’s tutorials really helped. (Thank you Larry!) Before following the tutorial for HTTPS, I was trying to get certbot set up through my Docker container. It was such a pain, but thankfully, AWS has its own certificate authority.

What’s in your way?

Not much is in my way this week, I…


What did you do this past week?

This past week, I worked on creating the API endpoints for phase 2 and helped my team with other things they needed help with. I also took the SWE test and reviewed the notes from class. It was fun going through the notes and working on the Hackerrank in class assignments with my friends.

What’s in your way?

I think my other classes and interviews are getting in my way. I wish I had more time to focus on SWE as there is still a lot left to do, but I am getting…


What did you do this past week?

This week, I worked on creating the docker containers for the backend and writing a docker compose file. It was really tough to learn some of the concepts but I eventually figured out what needed to be done. I also worked on adding HTTPS certification into the docker container. I have not gotten it to work just yet but I have a ton of ideas on what I need to do.

What’s in your way?

My other classes have midterms this week as well so I have been splitting my time between those…


What did you do this past week?

This week we finished phase 1 of the IDB project, it was stressful since we did not really know how to deploy our site on AWS. I also learned more about iterators, reduce and creating a class for my very own tuple.

What’s in your way?

I think the biggest thing in my way are my other classes, I need to work on splitting my time between SWE and my other classes more efficiently so that I can spend more time on SWE.

What will you do next week?

Next week, I hope…


What did you do this past week?

This week, I learned more about types, object models, and iterators. I learned some new things and filled in the gaps in my knowledge. I also started working on the first projects. My team and I set up a lot of the tools we will use moving forward and I am more and more excited to work on this site. I hope to work on both frontend and backend. I also really like our idea. …

Saad Ahmad

UTCS 2021

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