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Au Revoir DTW

Decided to pull the plug on the Do the Work blog.
While I wanted to use it for my tiny, crazy, work in progress thoughts, I find that it was increasingly being subsumed by my new shiny Mastodon.

And as the volume of things I write now scales up, I do not want another place to maintain.
I’ve migrated all my posts here.

Will use this blog for the long and medium stuff going forward. And the short, ooh shiny stuff is on my Mastodon account.
Read the kooky struggle there, and if you want a social account that does not do evil things to you, get an account yourself.

Thank you for coming along :)


First Python Program

Ok, really thrilled today.
Patting myself on the back.

I finally managed to write a program all on my ownsome. Kushal gave me a toy problem and I went around, scratched my head, did a lot of searching, a lot more headbanging, even more mistakes and then finally managed to write this.

Am happy because this is how I imagined myself learning in the first place.
Figuring out a problem someone has and then figuring out how to help them.

Also happy, because this makes me more confident.
Having gotten over the hump of my first program, I now am looking forward to doing more, instead of being apprenhensive about how to do it.

Onwards.

P.S. The problem was to process a summer training log file and print out, how many words, each participant spoke.
The code’s here, if you want to see it.


Study, Day 9

French

The app! the cursed app!
Just did the bare minimum today.

Programming Practice

  • Didn’t waste tooooo much time today :)
  • Manged to figure out what was actually asked for in Python terms and wrote it down as instructions in the file.
  • working at slowly converting them to code now.
  • All the fussing I did over fonts and setting things up yesterday paid off. The editor has receded to tho background and I can just work.
  • I made progress with the program today.
  • only a tiny bit left.

Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Applications

  • The fourth app kicked my butt.
  • got it working, but it was really hard going.
  • done for this week. will attempt next week

Study, Day 8

French

The app is now buggy, since the last update and crashes on me all the time.
Am at it though.

Python Practice

This is stupid.
I spent an hour just setting up my environment all over again.
This should teach me to do at least a little bit every day.

  • 1 hour of setup
  • 1 hour of tremendous headscratching
  • No practical reasults.
  • Tomorrow hopefully is a better day.
  • The only positive thing is I feel, my mind has begun to crank again.

Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Applications

  • Started watching the videos.
  • Built three tiny apps in rapid succession.
  • Getting my python mojo back.
  • Run out of steam after 3 hours.
  • Ending on a high note, though. will pick up the pieces tomorrow.

Study, Day 7

Was on a roll.
Went and finished the whole geography textbook.
My brains are smoking now.

Next step, spaced repetition exercises of all the chapters for two months.

MITx, 6.00.1x, Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python

Did quite a bit of the course’s exercises. I realise now that I should have just downloaded the course from the Open Courseware site and worked on it at my own pace.
The MOOC is excellent, but not for me.
I keep missing all sorts of deadlines.
My life and the MOOC sadly do not get along.

Or maybe, I just do the MOOCs at my pace, knowing that there will be things I will miss, but as long as I get the learning (and I do the practice), I should be fine.

Did up to Week 4 of exercises.
Will tackle the rest next week.