Oct 17: CS371p Fall 2020 Blog

This series of blog posts are assignments of my CS 371p course.

1. What did you do this past week?

As did my fellow classmates, we took our first exam this past week. Overall, it went smoothly. I gave a presentation in the FRI research stream I continued, but my group’s due to present on a different topic next week as well. I was a bit behind in a few of my courses, but I managed to claw my way back on schedule.

2. What’s in your way?

Courses are in my way mainly. The TA for my Real Analysis course is hard to reach, and for the past two weeks, he made the homework assigned on Tuesday due on Thursday of the same week on Gradescope even though the professor said in class it would be due the following Tuesday, a decision I’m not too big a fan of, I must say, but fortunately I finished the homework in time.

3. What will you do next week?

I’m hoping to finish the project by the end of this weekend as it is due on Monday. Additionally, I will have to finish a few presentations and projects for other courses as well.

4. If you read it, what did you think of The Liskov Substitution Principle?

I thought the Liskov Substitution Principle is really essential to the Open-Closed Principle we read about last week. The LSP introduces scenarios that we have to consider when we are creating classes that will conform to the OCP, and as shown, these scenarios are quite common.

5. What was your experience with Test #1? (this question will vary, week to week)

I felt that the test format was very good, and even though I missed the last problem in the first portion, I felt that I understood the problem and its solution at the end due to meeting with the group. As a result, I felt confident about the material.

6. What made you happy this week?

Finishing the test and understanding the concepts definitely made me happy this week, and I’d imagine so for a few others as well.

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

My tip-of-the-week is relating to the test. Although there were some puzzling questions that I felt dazed by at first, I was able to finish the tests (except the last problem on the first portion) by focusing on one problem at a time, so my tip would be to take a large problem by portions and focusing on bitesize chunks at a time.

CS Sophomore at UT Austin