Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Path to AwesomeNess...

My path to "awesomeness" after about half a year of hacking...
1) Learn about real projects
Learning about real projects is something that I greatly need to improve on. Following a set schedule has always been a challenge for me. I think that while interning I have just touched the tip of the iceberg when to comes to meeting deadlines. I hope to be put up to more challenges of finishing "real" projects on time.
2) Learn about research
What is research in hacker terms? If it's what I think it is, I have learned a little bit on how to research. For example being new to java i had to look up javadocs for a lot of things that were unfamiliar to me. I think I need to learn more about researching.
3) Learn about software development processes
Wow this is a big one. When working in school I haven't dealt with projects that take more than a month. With these really big programs and multiple developers, I learned about how the repository keeps track of what everyone is doing. The software development thought process is coming to me to. I also learned the effectiveness of working on teams and having code reviews. A lot was uncovered in my code review which led to better functionality.
4) learn how to learn
Learning how to learn is just something i never did, and now i realize is very important. I was a young boy and I am slowly becoming a man because I am learning how to learn. Effectively using resources (researching) is an important aspect to learning and I still need improvement on. My first day of work I learned "how to ask a question," reading that article just pushed my over the top, pushed me to take on my problems and find a solution on my own.
5) Learn how to increase marketability
Increase marketability of what?
6) Learn about the industry
I have learned a little about the industry, not much. Looking at the big picture I learned that contracts need to be won by fulfilling a customer's needs. On a smaller scale I have seen how a small firm actually operates. Developer's build things that could possibly be a great idea, or start building things on great ideas. In both cases a contract needs to be won.

Gotta get to class... edit it soon

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


I am in the middle of a month of midterms that is going fairly well. I am doing well on the midterms, but the graders for the homework are just killing me. Those graders are just really harsh! Managing school and work seems to be doing fine as of the moment. I think that my school work and work work are balancing out quite well.

I am still in training when it comes to hacking. I think that my thought process is getting a little better. Some things that should come easily are taking a little more time than I would like, but soon I will get the flow of things and will start picking up the pace. My ultimate goal is to be able to be given any task and be able to solve it. I believe that there is a solution to every problem, whether the problem have a simple or complicated solution. And I want to be able to see the solutions. Also, I want to start looking for tasks outside of my work tasks so that I can expand my problem solving abilities.

Working at the restaurant is just a drag now. It's the same thing everyday. Sure there is cash in hand everyday that I work, meaning less trips to the bank, but it takes time out of my day which I would rather not give up.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Starting to Blog...

What Time is it???
not game time...