CS373 Fall 2018: Regina Chen

October 28th, 2018

What did you do this past week?

This past week, I started learning more about databases in class. I also finished up a final round interview with a company I really want to work for, so I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be able to get it. At the same time, I don't want to get my hopes up too high, so I guess I'll just wait and see! Regarding IDB phase II, my team has suddenly put out an impressive amount of work for how much we've been procrastinating. I think we'll be able to finish if we keep this up until Tuesday's deadline, but it'll be close.

What's in your way?

Just the last implementation details of IDB phase II. I've been working on the dynamic generation of components and the linking between different model components, but it's been going smoothly so far. It wasn't as complicated as I imagine! StackOverflow is an incredible tool. I think we still have some tests, the technical report, the UML diagram, and a few other things in the way, but I'm glad that I've been able to watch our website come alive.

What will you do next week?

Next week, I'll be finishing up IDB phase II with my team. I'm not really sure what other homework I'll have, so maybe I can find some time to work on personal projects instead. I will also be eagerly waiting for interview results, rejection or not. I'd rather get any kind of answer than be ghosted (which is, unfortunately, becoming the norm).

What did you think of the talk by Dr. Rich and Dr. Cline?

I've always enjoyed reading articles about ethics in the tech industry. I think that it is an important subject that our department should discuss more often, especially in today's society with all these issues about privacy, automation, etc. After listening to their talk, I wish that I could have taken their class in the past, since they are both very engaging and knowledgeable lecturers. Ethics is all about understanding so many different perspectives, and Dr. Rich and Dr. Cline helped me realize why ethics in tech is so complicated.

If you went, what did you think of the talk by Atlassian?

I did not go to the talk by Atlassian.

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

json-server! I actually heard about this from a member of our customer team when I was telling him about how I was waiting for our back-end to be done before fully diving into the implementation of the front-end. json-server allows you to quickly set up a fake REST API so you can fetch custom fake data from the endpoints. This allowed me to start working on the front-end without a kind of waterfall methodology.