CS373 Fall 2020: Michael Liu

What did you do this past week?

This past week I mainly just did my work and kept to myself. I worked on and finished my weekly coding projects and completed my usual daily assignments. As the weekend came closer though, I kept to myself less and went to see some friends. In addition, a new set of team fight tactics just came out so I’m attempting to learn and understand the meta.

What’s in your way?

Unfortunately for me, my school projects and assignments are beginning to get a bit challenging and my brain has not developed any new wrinkles in many many years so in essence, I am in my way. Also, I did not manage my time well this week which could have also contributed to my current situation.

What will you do next week?

Next week will be very similar to this week. However, with the formation and confirmation of groups/teams for this course, CS 373, I will probably spend some time with my team to discuss how we want to start/proceed with our project. Besides that, I will try (again) to work on/finish my assignments a reasonable amount of time before they’re due, continue to exercise everyday, and enjoy time with my friends.

What was your experience of exceptions, IDB1, and types?

As stated in previous blog posts, I have a fair bit of knowledge and experience with exceptions and some with types (not in python, however) and I have never come across IDB1 functions because I have just not had too much exposure to databases and datasets in general. I am excited to be introduced to and learn about them in the coming days.

What made you happy this week?

I found a really good personal reminder/reason to stay positive and happy this week. My friend also came back to Austin so I was happy to see him, we ordered some takeout, played some Super Smash Bros and watched some films.

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

My tip of the week is that, in alignment with our paper this week on paired programming, if you and a partner need to work on some code for a project together but are limited by the current pandemic circumstances and are unable to be in the same room, there are a lot of great code sharing websites and platforms out there such as codeshare.io where you can create a room, select a language, and both of you can work on/contribute to the project at the same time as well as talk it through in true paired programming spirit.