Blogs: Week of 11 Apr — 17 Apr

Joshua Brown
2 min readApr 18, 2022

What did you do this past week?
This past week, I worked on finishing some database implementation for my group’s resubmission of phase two, as well as finished the filtering/searching/sorting for the backend side of phase three. Furthermore, I studied for and completed a data mining exam. I also caught up on some lectures for other classes, as I had previously allocated a large amount of time to working on the software engineering project.

What’s in your way?
Currently, nothing in particular is in my way, except for loss in time efficiency due to distractions such as TV shows. As many of my projects are due a week from now, it’s easy to procrastinate and not manage my time well. Thus, I need to maintain momentum in my studies, and not spend too much time taking a break.

What will you do next week?
Next week, I will finish my data mining and neural nets projects, as well as study for my Japanese exams. Furthermore, I hope to do some more coding on personal projects in my down time.

What did you think of Paper 12. Why extends is evil?
Overall, I thought that the paper made sense for the most part. Coupling between classes sounds like an easy trap to fall into, and it seems more beneficial for distinct classes to have distinct responsibilities.

What was your experience of natural join and SQL.? (this question will vary, week to week)
I thought that natural join made sense as a more stricter join than the previously taught joins. Taking rows where similar columns have matching values seems like a natural way to join two tables.

What made you happy this week?
This week I was able to go visit Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore, with my friends. It was a much larger store than I initially anticipated, but I was pleasantly surprised by their various wares. However, my friend and I were hoping to pick up the last two volumes of the manga “Attack on Titan,” as these final two volumes will pick up where the anime left off, and finish off the series for us. Sadly, they were missing the penultimate volume (even though they had numerous copies of the final volume), so my friend and I were not able to read the end of the series.

What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?
Disabling Docker’s auto-startup can save system resources, only using Docker when necessary.

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