Ricardo Delfín
Ricardo Delfín

Week 9: 23/10 - 29/10

HackTX picture in front of their logo with my teammates at the Omni Hotel.

Finally past the halfway point of the semester! There's a lot that's coming up as the semester comes to a close, and I have to make life decisions. Let's delve right in!

What did you do this past week?

This past week was filled with news. First, I found out I got two job offers, one from Twitter Seattle, and one from Facebook Dublin! I'm definitely very excited for both, and I spent a lot of time last week discussing, thinking, and weighing my current options. We also had an Artificial Intelligence midterm, which took up a lot of time.

The second thing for this week was HackTX. UT's yearly hackathon kicked off this weekend! This is the fourth, and probably last HackTX I'll get to go to. I worked together with another 3 friends. We created a version of the game Zork for Cortana and Slack, definitely a very fun experience. We had to get a lot of moving parts, including a C# server, a Python/Flask web service, and a C executable run with Python. We managed to get top 10 in the hackathon, which was a great way to finish what for 3 of us is our last year!

What's in your way?

This next week my largest blocker is decision making. The plan is to have decided where I want to work full-time by Monday. Included in this is rejecting one company, see if it results in a counter offer, and see if that would change my decision. I want to see how it plays out in the next couple of weeks. Otherwise, I have one more exam coming up for Government, a few homework, so I mostly need to keep on track.

What will you do next week?

As I mentioned in the last class, I have to make a decision on my offers by the beginning of the week. I'll be doing that, working on an Artificial Intelligence, finish both a Government and a World Literature exam, and hopefully catch up with all the missed homework I didn't do this weekend.

What's my experience of the class?

I found this week's lecture a little bit slower than previous weeks, but I still learned quite a few things. In particular, I hadn't had a chance to really study relational algebra before this class. I've had some experience with SQL since it's one of those tools you inevitably bump into when you're doing any web service, website or any other web related project. However, I had never had a chance to formalize a lot of the topics, and in particular what the different kind of joins are, what their outputs are. For example, I used to be under the impression that inner and natural joins where equivalent, because they can be made to be equivalent. However, the devolution when there is nothing to join on is quite different.

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

Today, what I have is not so much a tip, as it is what I would consider a great investment/thing to buy right now. Currently, Humble Bundle has an amazing book deal. For those of you who don't know Humble Bundle, they're essentially a charity that sells amazing game and book bundles for any price you name and donates most of the proceeds to charity (you even get to choose how much to donate to who). They're generally a great way to both donate and get to try out new games you might not otherwise. The book bundle I mentioned is a great cloud computing one. If you've ever wanted to learn AWS, Kubernetes, Docker, or other such technologies, you can get the books here: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/cloud-computing-books. Enjoy!