CS 373 Spring 2022 — Week 11 Blog, Joseph Muffoletto

This past week, I partially completed my distributed computing lab, continued catching up in my verification/synthesis course, helped complete phase 3 of our SWE project, traded away my monstera cuttings, and spent time with friends.

I need to fully catch up in my verification course and do enough to pass Roman History. I have also had some difficulty with motivation, so I will keep sticking to a schedule in hopes of maintaining enough discipline to complete the semester.

For this week, I hope to register for my courses, followup on my autonomous systems research, complete a literature review for my verification/synthesis project, volunteer as a tutor at a local elementary school, finish my reading assignment for Reinforcement Learning, and find pots for the rest of my cuttings.

“Extends is evil” was a fairly intuitive reading and contained relevant applications to our projects. First, I thought it was interesting how the Agile method does not require a full project scope before coding can begin. This is contrary to what we have learned in our classes, but it makes sense for speeding up production in practice. Second, I liked that the authors provided a general guideline for instance variables: always private. While strict, its a helpful rule that is easy enough to remember. Moreover, it encourages the developer to store the minimum amount of state that they need.

SQL seems fairly intuitive, but definitely takes a bit of an adjustment. Once we learn the keywords, the logic is pretty similar to the programming languages we have worked with. I do enjoy how close it feels to “talking” to the computer.

I got to spend quality time with my roommates this week. We’ve all been friends since middle school, but with school and our extracurriculars, it's harder to consciously make time for each other.

Codepen is an online code editor for front-end web development. It allows users to create and share their designs with other developers.

Personally, my favorite use case for Codepen is seeing how others have created interesting or fun website designs.

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