Final Project Wrap up

So for getting my team’s project tested, the Fantasy Football App needed some tweaking. Either it needed a team member there to login and authenticate, or we would have to give out one of our team mate’s passwords. I ended up finding a way to modify it so that it would look through your local directory instead of online, given that you’ve downloaded a hardcoded tar file with htmls files inside. Fortunately, I didn’t take too long to finish, and now there are two versions of code; one where users can use a hardcoded set of files, another where the user can login and display their own set of fantasy football teams.

It was also interesting looking through other peoples projects, and in that respect, it was also interesting working as a group on the project overall. You get a different view of how one might implement things, and sometimes can end up dealing with obfuscated code, or being pleasantly enlightened by an efficient solution derived by a team member. As for the future classes of 2524, I highly recommend doing final group projects again, on the whole, I enjoyed working on the project and I think I would prefer it to a final exam

Feelings on Unix/Linux

I’ve been a Windows user all of my life, and Ubuntu is actually the first time I’ve stepped outside of my Windows comfort zone. As for now, I don’t really mind Ubuntu; It’s sort of there on the side of my Windows, doesn’t really get in the way being on a separate native partition (minus one episode where the Grub bootloader didn’t let me boot into Windows or Ubuntu… had to use the LiveCD to repair it), and I guess it’s something that will still need more time. One of the reasons I’ve been so reluctant to change to another OS until now, at a moment where it was required academically, is because I’m quite proficient with hotkeys in Windows. Ctrl + Alt + Esc brings up the taskman, Ctrl + E brings up My Computer, tabbing and shift+tabbing cycles through selections, then using the Enter key or Spacebar selects items, using Ctrl + Space in Windows Explorer selects specific files, Alt + Enter brings up the properties box for Windows files… these are things I’m very fluent in, and whenever I switch to Ubuntu, I feel very crippled in a way, and I can’t work as efficiently as I can hope to. However, Windows isn’t the only OS with hotkeys, and I’ve already picekd up some useful hotkeys for Ubuntu. The only other thing that’s really bothering me is the graphic lag; I’ll have to have Ubuntu register and recognize my graphics card sometime

As for the different exercises we’ve had to do so far, like command school, the programming assignments, I think I liked the command assigment, and as for python, it seems relatively straightforward and similar to C++. If I had more time and was doing the exercises in the scope of self-learning instead of a school assignment, I think I might mildly enjoy it