What did you do this past week?

We finished up most of IDB phase 4 on Wednesday, which was nice since it gave us some time on Thursday to fix minor bugs, layout issues, and to update the report. Yesterday we worked on the visualizations of our developers data, which went pretty smoothly. Since we don’t present until Monday, we had decided to wait until the weekend to work on the presentation related stuff.

What’s in your way?

Not much. We’re basically done with the presentation, though we do need to go through it to make sure everyone’s on the same page.

What will you do next week?

We present on Monday, which should go fine. After that, I’ll start preparing for the exam on Thursday. The first one was pretty easy so hopefully this one will be about the same. The only thing I’m not looking forward to is having to write Java. I’m very familiar with Python but besides this class, I haven’t used Java in several years.

What did you think of the talk by Miriam?

I enjoyed it, especially how she handled talking to people that get defensive or anxious when talking about diversity and the experiences of people that belong to minority groups. Some people that mostly belong to majority groups don’t experience the same prejudices and may even be ignorant of their existence, which is why I think it’s so important for people to be made aware of such experiences.

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

My pick of the week is the text editor nano, especially the latest release 4.2, codename “Tax the rich, pay the teachers.” Since nano is part of the Linux Standard Base, it’s installed in most distros by default, which makes it really easy to start using. Additionally, the UI is clearly explained with on-screen labels so you don’t have to spend much time learning it in order to perform a simple edit of a text file. It works great for a quick config file change when you don’t want to open a GUI editor, or for editing over SSH when you can’t be bothered to use vim.

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