CS373 Spring 2022: Audie Bethea

What did you do this past week?

During the first half of this week, I did a lot of work on phase 2 of our group project. We ended up being a little further behind than we thought we were, and some of the data we initially populated our database with was unreliable, so I ended up spending a good amount of time researching and implementing solutions. During the next half of the week, I spent some time organizing our issues list so that we’ll be more prepared for the next deadline.

What’s in your way?

Right now, I’m taking a little bit of time to cool down after a very stressful week. I plan on starting to work tomorrow, so that I don’t feel pressured by so many deadlines at one time.

What will you do next week?

Next week, I’m planning on getting ahead on the next phase. Although I’m aware that there is less work to be done in the upcoming phase, compared to the last one, I would still like to get an early start because I have several important deadlines around the time this project is due.

What did you think of Paper #10: Why getter and setter methods are evil?

I thought this was a really interesting piece, I’ve probably enjoyed it the most out of anything we’ve read so far. It was a little less abstract, compared to the other papers. Also, ever since I first learned to code, I’ve been using getters and setters, so it was nice to hear a counterargument to my typical approach.

What was your experience of functions, regular expressions, and relational algebra?

I found the lectures on regex to be extremely interesting. I used regex a lot in my compilers class, but it was nice to see them used in a context that didn’t have to do with yacc. I can’t quite figure out why people would often use the * operator, it seems that a typical function call is a little more straightforward.

What made you happy this week?

Earlier today, me and some friends from my spirit group participated in a volleyball tournament! It went on all day, and we ended up getting second, which I felt good about. It reminded me a lot of long tournament days from high school tennis, which I still miss sometimes.

What’s your pick-of-the-week?

My pick of the week is Amazon’s S3! It stands for Simple Storage Service, and essentially acts as a way to store data in the cloud and access it via an api call. It ended up saving us a lot of headache on phase 2!

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