CS 371P Week 3

1. What did you do this past week?

This past week, for this class, I attended the lectures and did the in-class quizzes. I also did a Hackerrank exercise on pre-increment and post-increment with my classmates.

2. What’s in your way?

At the moment, I just need to catch up with my AI and Algorithms readings. As for this class, I’m just waiting for the doomsday when I’ll finally be cold-called.

3. What will you do next week?

Next week, I’ll attend the lectures (if there are any!). I’ll also make an effort to go to office hours for Dr. Downing. Maybe I’ll finally figure out how to debug javascript.

4. If you read it, what did you think of the Pair Programming?

I think it made a great case for pair programming in the workplace. It was a strong argument and it was backed up by actual science. As for my own opinions, I’ve recently become quite fond of pair programming. Like the article says, we programmers learn the most when programming with our peers. I also tend to be quite curious, so it's nice to have someone to ask these questions to.

5. What was your experience of operators, pointers, and references?

I learned quite a bit this week. I had heard of l-values and r-values, but I never really understood their concepts. It definitely helped explained how chaining works, and now I feel comfortable enough to explain it to someone else. As for pointers, I learned that references are a relatively superior option. Honestly, I thought pass-by-reference and pass-by-address were the same thing, so it's nice to have that misconception overwritten.

6. What made you happy this week?

My classes have been going well! It's exciting to finally enjoy all of my classes. It's especially exciting to begin the semester well, instead of bombing the first few weeks and having to make up for it later.

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

Apparently, technical recruiters actually read through your code on Github. If you’re like me and you have quite a few older repositories, I’d recommend prettying them up :)

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