What did you do this past week?

I’ve mainly just worked on setting up this blog and getting everything sorted out and ready to go for the semester. I made a HackerRank account and it seems like a really cool platform. I spent some time solving the basic C++ questions and it worked really well so hopefully all will go well when it comes time for exams.

What’s in your way?

The main issue I had with setting up the blog was that GitLab Pages are a bit slow to initially setup which they don’t warn about. After I had forked and configured the repo it wasn’t working. Eventually I figured out that I just had to wait for it to go through, but according to some people on their support forums that can sometimes takes over 24 hours. Luckily mine ended up only taking a few minutes but it was still a little confusing since the project page said everything was working.

What will you do next week?

Next week will be better for the blog post stuff since it’s all setup now. It’s actually really easy with GitLab Pages so I’m glad I chose to use it. Tomorrow in class I’ll be making sure that the group I’m planning on joining is good to go, i.e. we have 5 people who all are on the same page. Also I want to start as soon as possible on Project 1 whenever the details on that are released.

What are your expectations of the class?

I hope to get an A but honestly I haven’t heard too much about it, neither good nor bad, so I don’t know whether I’ll have to put in a ton of time or not. I’m excited though since I know a lot more people in the class than I usually do. I suppose that’s just from being in the CS program longer, which previously was shorter than most people since I’m a transfer student.

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

My pick-of-the-week is numpy. Last week I was working on a little signal processing side project and initially I was writing my own code to compute the signal’s frequencies. It was a bit of a pain and sorta buggy, so I decided to give up and stop succumbing to Not-Invented-Here Syndrome. I replaced my buggy code with a few easy calls to numpy’s Fast Fourier Transform methods and it instantly worked! Now I realize that I should let the experts who develop numpy do their thing so that I can work on what actually matters.

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