Alexy Correa

Sep 13, 2020

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CS373 Fall 2020: Alexy Correa

Blog #3

What did you do this past week?

This week, I finished up the Collatz project and turned it in. Even though I started on Monday and had to waste Labor Day on homework, I happened to finish the HackerRank portion in 2.5 hours, while being my first experience in Python.

What’s in your way?

Still struggling managing time with Chinese since it has too much homework and have to stay up late doing homework from other classes. Especially with the weekly projects of CS439.

What will you do next week?

Next week, I will have to do a project on CS439 on Multi-Threading, which we need to keep track of all the threads called and jump from one thread from another while conserving the state of that thread’s values. Sounds really hard. I also have to study and brush on my Java skills for an upcoming Facebook interview.

What was your experience of Collatz, the starter code, the makefile, its optimizations, and exceptions? (this question will vary, week to week)

The HackerRank portion was easy for me, even though I took a long time to research on Python. I was having the most trouble with Docker because I had no idea what it was or what it did. The starter code, makefile, and everything else was easy. It was just very time consuming. Implementing the code was easy, and I was skeptical the whole time since the algorithm was easy.

What made you happy this week?

What made me happy this week is that I got new Magic: The Gathering cards. I bought a box of 40 cards for $100, and got 3 cards with a total value of $120, which paid for the box plus a small profit. I also got an interview offer from Facebook, since they kept my resume from my previous interview last semester. I was so blessed to have another opportunity since I messed up the first one for being really slow. I was really nervous during that time, very nerve-wrecking. I finished in time, but had to use the whole interview to solve an easy question.

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

My tip of the week is to start early on the work of that one class that takes too much time to complete. This will give you more time to complete other assignments without staying up late.