CS 373: Week 4

What did you do this past week?

This week, I started two separate applications to intern abroad. Got started on the Netflix assignment, but I’m still following the workflow closely…

What’s in your way?

Right now, I am feeling stressed about getting everything that needs to get done for other classes while still giving myself enough time to tackle this Netflix assignment alone. I found myself forgetting to time myself for the last assignment, so I could only give a rough estimate of the time it took me to do the Collatz assignment.

What will you do next week?

Write a lesson plan for UTeach. Finish internship applications. Definitely finish the Netflix assignment. Keep better track of time spent on assignments for this class. I have started to keep track of start times and end times of when I work on this assignment. Doesn’t ignore distractions during the time period, but something is better than nothing. Maybe I could use a stopwatch!

What’s my experience of the class?

The last two classes have been strengthening my knowledge of Python’s structures (e.g. Lists vs Set). I have only picked up enough Python to do some assignments in previous CS-related courses, with a bulk of my Python knowledge stemming from scientific data analysis, so I never thought about the language at a deeper level than a functional one.

There was also another useful tidbit that Downing mentioned (that would have been useful for testing in the Collatz assignment): if the code runs too fast to see any meaningful time, just run it a hundred or a thousand times in a row to get a better idea of the impact of any optimizations.

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

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