It seems like every time I want to post something, something comes up and I end up not being able to post, or have time to even write a post. I managed to survive the first round of midterms, which is always a good thing for me. But now I have to work on assignments after assignments, after more assignments. And it’s literally driving me crazy.
My mom had come to visit last week, so between spending time with her, keeping up with all my assignments and studying, I literally had no sleep. I’m trying to do better, and be stricter where I manage to get at least 6 hours of sleep every night (compared to 3 hours, it’s a LOT MORE).
My favorite class at the moment is definitely my database course. Which is kinda funny, considering it’s a 3rd year course, and I’m taking it at the beginning of my second year 🙂 The course is extremely interesting! We learnt the basics of tables and SQL, and how to make calls and queries that will optimize your search times, and how to set up tables to minimize costs based on the types of queries that you work on. The last assignment we had to do, I feel pretty good about. It was a two part assignment. In the first part, there were a bunch of complicated queries, which we had to write in SQL form – we were given an english statement like “get all students who have taken a class without taking the necessary prerequisites for that class”, and had to figure out how to get the information from a table. The second part used some slihgtly simpler queries (basic Inserts and Selects), but we were coding our own “programme” that we could use to interact with the database, without having to type in the command line.
For the second part, we used Java. It was actually really interesting to see how a coding language, like Java, would let us code queries similar to the way I would do it in PHP for a website. I had some troubles in the beginning, where I couldn’t get any of the java commands to work. It turns out that they happened because of my need to over-check results. I ended up putting
if(rs==NULL) in a bunch of places that I really shouldn’t have, which caused it to always be false. Fortunately I managed to fix it, and I’m happy to say that my codes all work 🙂
Aside from Java, I’ve also learnt how to code using Shell Programming, which is actually fun. I’m currently learning how to code with C (which I strongly dislike…) and to code with R. R is a coding language designed for statistics. That’s right – instead of learning statistics, I am busy learning how to code in a programming language I am likely never going to use again. Alas, what can this young lass do about it?
I have a huge round of assignments due soon – next week Friday to be more precise. I’m hoping the day after, I can pretty much take the entire day off and not have to do anything. Actually, strike that. Not have to do anything too intellectual. I really want to spend that time working on my portfolio (aashni.me). I have a new layout pretty much coded, so it’s adding in the content. I’d also like to try and quickly code a new layout for my photoblog – Picture Me Not. I finally managed to add some of the pictures that I took over summer onto my photoblog 🙂 Without the risk of sounding like an egomanic – the pictures are pretty damn nice. Some of you may know that I found myself walking amongst zombies during the Toronto Zombie Walk – I hope to add these pictures up soon – they’re gruesome, and bloody, and awesome.
In some exciting news, I’m holding a .COM Domain Contest! Yay! Click here to get all the information. The contest is being held in celebration of the release of my Affies Me Not Script 🙂
Anyway, work and assignments call my name and I must return back to the “nightmare” known as University life. Hope you’re all having a happy November 🙂