CS373 Fall 2020: Anwesha Roy
What did you do this past week?
This past week our team finished Phase 2 of the IDB project! It’s really cool to see our website slowly taking shape and progressing as time goes on. I’m excited to see what the final result will be.
What’s in your way?
Honestly, this is the part of the semester when everything starts to get a bit monotonous. I have little energy to think of anything interesting to do besides the things I have to do, and I really wish that wasn’t the case. Hopefully some inspiration kicks in next week.
What will you do next week?
I will begin Phase 3 of the IDB project with my team. This time I’d like to finish the bulk of the work for this phase a lot earlier compared to the previous phases, where we were scrambling in the hour before the deadline to submit. It’s probably easier said than done, but if we can do this we’ll have more time and energy to make creative adjustments to our website.
If you read it, what did you think of Ethical CS?
I’m glad to revisit the topic of Ethics in CS in this class. As future computer professionals, we will be involved in the development of technology that could significantly impact human lives, and we will have to deal with private information. I believe that we should be very self-aware and exercise ethical reasoning in each decision we make, because we will be taking upon heavy responsibility over many aspects of people’s lives when we progress in our careers. The Ethical CS powerpoints provided valuable information that I will be thinking about for a long time.
What was your experience of functions, lambdas, and decorators? (this question will vary, week to week)
Since functions, lambdas, and decorators result in many different kinds of outputs based on the input taken in, I found it difficult to keep track of all of their properties and understand them fully. I’m glad we went over this information, as reminded me just how intricate Python can be sometimes, and I learned more about the features that I had been using heavily in the IDB project.
What made you happy this week?
The weather’s getting cooler, which is awesome! I’m also really glad that holiday season has finally begun.
What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?
I’ve started keeping a journal for the projects in this class where I make very detailed notes of the work of I’ve done. I list down problems, setbacks, and all the steps I took to fix a problem in this journal as I am working on the project. This can be done in the Gitlab issue tracker, but in my personal journal I can make notes in far more abundance and detail. Writing things down helps me clear confusion in my head and remember details more clearly.