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What did you do this past week?

This week was a routine week for me. I am working on Collatz and another project in my artificial intelligence class. I have also made the effort to give my full attention to class, and it has certainly paid off. That means that I turn my phone off, and make sure to be attentive during lecture. Due to this, I feel that I am retaining a lot more information, and I am enjoying learning more.

What’s in your way?

The only thing that I can say thats in my way is stress. I have to finish Collatz and take an English exam on Tuesday. And an Artificial Intelligence project is due Wednesday. On top of that, I have an internship as well. So, my stress is pretty high. But, that is just how you learn to manage your time which will prepare me for the plethora of stressors that come my way throughout life. I just need to put my head down, focus, and get work done.

What will you do next week?

Next week, my parents are coming to visit me. So I will most likely spend time with them. My best friend might come to Austin as well, so I am very excited.

If you read it, what did you think of the Continuous Integration?

I thought the article was very informing. Continuous Integration seems extremely promising, and quite frankly pivotal to large scale software projects. It is difficult to seamlessly have a multitude of developers work on software simultaneously without running into issues, but CI makes the work easier. I can’t wait to see how it works in action, and learn the nuances of it all.

What was your experience of Collatz? (this question will vary, week to week)

Collatz is an interesting problem to solve. Superficially, it may seem simple. But it is up to us to come up with different ways to solve it efficiently and with speed. That is the heart of software engineering. You can solve a problem, but software engineering is about solving the problem by saving time and increasing speed.

What was your experience of exceptions? (this question will vary, week to week)

Exceptions are tricky. They arise very often, and it is up to us to figure out how to deal with them. From lecture, I found that there are many ways to deal with exceptions, and we must choose the appropriate choice.

What made you happy this week?

Being able to spend time with my friends after a long week.

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

I learned that the co-creator of the first IBM PC was African American, which is heartwarming and interesting to know who one of the pioneers of African Americans in technology were.

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This blog is about my experience with CS373 Spring 2021, Software Engineering, with Professor Downing. I am thrilled to be in the course, and cannot wait to learn.

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