What did you do this past week?

I got a hold of the text book since I had forgotten to previously which led to me missing a couple of quiz questions. Also I got docker working and tried it out. It’s pretty cool how easy it makes it to create separate environments, and because of that I plan on using it with some personal projects going forward. Also I started planning out some stuff for the Collatz Project but haven’t fully started yet.

What’s in your way?

Mainly just actually getting started on Collatz. I figure once I get down to it, it’ll be easier but I didn’t have time this weekend. This semester I’m taking five classes again, in addition to two clubs/orgs, so I’m just trying to do my best with balancing everything since it’s been a couple years since I did this much stuff at the same time. It hasn’t been that stressful so far and I’m excited.

What will you do next week?

On Monday I plan on spending a good chunk of time on starting Collatz and getting used to the environment with HackerRank and GitLab CI. I’ve used GitLab CI in the past on personal projects and I’m glad to use it again because it’s worked very well for me so far. I’m also looking forward to writing the unit and acceptance tests because I find it makes me a better programming since I have to fully understand the code to write comprehensive tests.

What’s your experience of the in-class exercises?

The quizzes are a little stressful since they’re so quick and right at the beginning of class but the actual content hasn’t been that bad. As for the HackerRank exercises, I’ve enjoyed them and they offer a good way to get used to HackerRank while having Professor Downing there to ask questions of.

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

I’ve had to set up two blogs for classes this semester, and to do so I used Hugo with GitLab Pages. It’s been quite painless and the default template looks good, so it’s nice to not have to configure any of that if I don’t need to. I’ve been looking for a new blogging platform for a while but never got around to it until now, so I’ll definitely be using Hugo in the near future.

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