CS373 Fall 2020: Daniel Deng

Welcome back, this is my fourth blog for Software Engineering.

What did you do this past week?

In addition to going to class, I managed to catch up on all my work in all my classes. I also completed around seven online assessments for companies so it feels good to have my mental reset. In my free time, I have been practicing the piano and playing a game that just released on the switch: Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

What’s in your way?

The only thing that is in my way is that I am underestimating these online assessments. It is really frustrating when you feel so close to getting all the test cases and can’t and then think of a solution after. For example, in a recent assessment, I had no clue why my answers were not passing, and then realized I had overflow error for returning ints instead of longs!

What will you do next week?

For this next week, I will resume the recruiting grind. Additionally, I will meet with my team to brainstorm ideas for this project. Hopefully, I will also stay on top of my work again.

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

Exceptions and types in Python are quite a bit different from what I am used to in other languages but learning about them this week was pretty novel. I am excited for IDB1 since I haven’t worked in such large teams before, previously I’ve only worked in teams of 2 to 3 in smaller-scale projects.

What made you happy this week?

I went on campus this week to visit some friends and attend Ethical Hacking in person. We got Dons since I’ve been craving Dons for a few months and I had fun interacting with people in real life. I might attend the Ethical Hacking class in person every Wednesday from now on.

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

My pick-of-the-week is this SQL 1-hour crash course I found on YouTube. The information here helped me pass a coding interview in SQL, and might be useful for this class if you want tables in your website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pzj7Aj25lw