What did you do this past week?

This past week was pretty chill with regard to SWE, however in two of my other classes I had exams. My math exam ended up going moderately well I think, but I haven’t gotten the grade back yet so we’ll see. My other exam was for Declarative Programming, and it went really well even though I hadn’t studied until an hour before the exam. Luckily it covered stuff that we’d been doing in class for a while, so I had a pretty good hang of it. As for SWE we didn’t do much actual work, just planning and discussing how we’d like to structure the additions we’ll be making to the API.

What’s in your way?

Mainly finding time to actually meet with the group, since most of our schedules have been pretty packed recently, and since we don’t seem to be able to get much work done until the week that the project is due. Hopefully we’ll be able to fix that a bit since phase 3 has an extra couple days next week.

What will you do next week?

This week we’ll be doing the bulk of phase 3, though we have already mapped out a lot of the work that needs to be done. Since I’m working on frontend, I’ll be working on getting the buttons, search bars, and other UI elements all laid out and connected to the associated functionality provided by the backend.

What did you think of the talk by Dr. Rich and Dr. Cline?

I enjoyed the talk for the most part. Their style was entertaining, and it’s definitely important to consider the different things they discussed. I’m taking Ethical Foundations of CS right now and in it we discuss things in a similar vein, however a lot of the topics have been more closely related to analyzing individual and corporate behavior as opposed to algorithmic behavior.

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

My pick of the week is NGINX. You may have heard of it or used it over the course of this project, and I can certainly attest to its ease of use. In the past I’ve configured Apache web servers and NGINX is a breath of fresh air. The configuration is much simpler, while still retaining the necessary strengths.

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