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    My name is Nicholas Dudo, I am currently enrolled at Worcester state as a senior in the Computer science program. I am currently on track to graduate in the spring of 2021 with a concentration of big data analytics. In my free time, I enjoy wrenching on cars and my own truck which is my non-computer related hobby. As well I like to participate in as many things possible when it comes to sports. For example playing pick up games in soccer, basketball, and even football on occasions. Other than that you can catch me with my friends giving out a helping hand on whatever is needed. I am a fast learner and very hands-on. When it comes to my computer-related hobbies I like to mess around with creating programs or tweaking them in any way possible. As well I love to learn new techniques even when it involves cloud computing or even searching a database for specific material. I am very aware that computer science is not something for the people fain at heart. It takes practice and an extreme amount of devotion to succeed in. with that being said I really do enjoy learning the tools of the trade and figuring out what needs to happen to succeed in the course. At one point in my life, I want to look back and share the story of where I have come from and say that it is possible if you put your mind to it. I am excited to see where this carrier takes me!

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CS 343 First Post

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Hello Everyone! This is my first post for 343.

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CS 343 First Post

 Hello Everyone! This is my first post for 343. I’m excited and looking forward to this semester. Lets stay Focused!

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Sprint 3 Retrospective

At the end of last week, we finally conclude our third sprint in our development process of the LibreFoodPantry, aiming at a deloyable environments so that they all are isolated in their own space. This is also our last sprint so we tried our best to wrap it up as much as possible, so that the team after us can easily pick up from where we left off. We were able to work together more this time, comparing to us having to separately work on our own stuff in the previous sprint. We finally got a working, operational and deployable user interface as well as a fully implemented, buildable and deployable backend system with REST API and mySQL database. We were also able to adapt with the online communication and worked more effectively with each other.

List of what we accomplished during the last sprint:

       – Successfully integrate Docker into frontend UI and the REST API, allows them to communicate with the existing mySQL container with configurable parameter in config.json file (REST API DockerApproveGuestWebUI Docker)

           Having an operational admin page user interface or ApproveGuestWebUI, although without actually data fed from backend systems, but mocked with data points (ApproveGuestWebUI Epic)

         – Having a mocked or stubbed backend for the frontend to test connections establishing mechanics (Registration Stub)

It seems that we did not do a lot for this sprint, but it was actually much more challenging for us because of more advanced technologies that we have to research on and a lot of new barriers that we have, such as us having more things to do for our career and other classes, voice and video communications became harder as the internet becomes unstable, for me at least, etc. Despite all of that, I think we did a very good job wrapping up all the work we have done from the sprint and even make it deployable, so the next group can just skip the hard part of Docker and focus more on the part of developing operational products for the food pantry. We think that is much more important than to waste time on getting them to be able to run on an actual server, so I heavily prioritized to get it done, both on Docker Desktop and Docker Toolbox. I would say that out of all the sprints, this one is pretty boring since I personally had to read a lot comparing to the two last one that all I do is setting up systems, coding, and a whole lot of checking on people if they can run the same system and if they need some help.

For future improvement, if we have a chance to work more on the project, I think it is better to centralize our work source into either backend or frontend, then move on to another. I believe it is better that way so all the team member can know what other members are doing and learn both the backend and frontend stuff. Another improvement that our team can use is more official communication and well documenting our steps of implementing. It is the same problem that persists from the last run, but we did make sure to have more transparency in what we do this sprint, which I think is a major effort from us.

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Learn How You Fail

The pattern that from Apprenticeship Pattern that I read for this week is “Learn How You Fail”. The chapter mainly talks about how to identify our own problem during the development process and seek to fix it in order to get better.
I really like what the author said within the context. Failure is inevitable and people who has never failed would either stay in their comfort zone and avoid going over the boundaries, or they have overlooked and ignore their mistake all along. This holds true to me since I have done multiple personal projects that requires me to constantly make mistake and discover what is needed to be done for even a single line of code to work. It is pretty obvious that errors will push ourselves to find out what works and what does not, give us a space to fully explore the capacity of the technology so that we will not make a same mistake later on. Moving on to the problem, he states that the learning skills may bring us success, but there are weakness and failures still remains. I agree with this and I think he did it brief but covered all the aspect of this chapter. The author then gives us the solution, which is as simple as to always seek the errors or failures and resolve what is worth fixing, and more importantly, we have to accept that there will be a lot of things that we are not good at. The solution itself is pretty much self-explanatory and I agree that there’s no better way to improve it without starting to identify the problems and spend time and effort to fix it.
Another way to solve this problem is to is to always arm ourselves with knowledge to make better decisions when carrying out working and identify our own boundaries and limitation to push it when we need to. These changes and improvement can also enable us to have a realistic limitation on our goal. That limitation is what we need to be mindful about as we cannot know everything, and that limitation will greatly help us in filtering out which one is distraction, which on we should spend more resources on to excel at what we are trying to accomplish. I like the example that he put out, which is making time for PhD courses, or simply give up what we know as it requires maintenance to be fortified and maybe to make room for what we need at the moment. I both experience a similar form of these two examples since I had to dedicated time and resources to be able to just learn a new language or a piece of technology.
Personally, I like the chapter because of its simplicity and how it encourages people to not afraid to push their boundaries, while at the same time, accept that we can never know everything, and we have to prioritize one over the other. Like I mentioned, I had experience what this pattern is saying in the past, and I believe that this can be extremely useful for a lot of people, especially the one who has quite some decent knowledge about an area to encourage them to learn something not quite similar to what they have been using.

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Study the Classics

The second pattern for this week Apprenticeship Pattern is “Study the Classics”. I think this one is pretty straight forward, as it states on point that reading and learning what is in the past is as essential as doing so with documents and books in the current generation, as it would allow ourselves to expose to problems that we might rarely see at the moment.
The patterns start out with an extremely interesting problem that a lot of more experienced people in the field would likely to reference a concept from books and area that we might have now idea it exists, but they expect us to know it already, like any other self-respecting software developers. I have not experienced anything thing like this while working as an intern, but I can imagine that it does happens a lot to new developers in the field. The author explains the solution in a very simple way, which is to admit your ignorance, and ask about the concept, how it works, where do they reference it from and add it to our own reading list. For people like me who has not experienced a situation like that to get a title to read, when picking out books to read, the author recommended us to look at how out of dated it is comparing to the continuously evolving technologies that we have right now to make sure that we are reading the one needed for our on need in the current state of technology development. I think that does not really mean that we can ignore all of the books that are written decades ago as it might contains a lot of information that can even serve until today, still however, they should not be on our top priority list. It is best to have a mix between classics and modern to have a feel of what is the differences, what is improved, what is still remains, and that is the best way to avoid making the same mistakes and have a better referencing stand point when putting out our opinion to the team.
In my opinion, this pattern does not necessary to contain the most useful information to choose the best book out there to read. I think if the author put out some of the examples to make comparison, like a book about Python 2 and another one about Python 3, it should make a clear distinction in the reader’s mind that this pattern is important to keep in mind. With that being said, I think the patter itself is not too informative as much as the other one, but it does have some value to tell the readers that books will always have their value, whether it is old or new, but to prioritize reading the right one, would make one more successful than others

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Concrete Skills

The first pattern in the Apprenticeship Pattern that I read for this week is Concrete Skills. The pattern pretty much talks about skills that are required to be focus on when an apprentice software developer like us start our career. It also lays out a concept, which is to have knowledge about it, does not mean that we can successfully apply it to create a piece of software, and I think that this is crucial to remember.
The pattern starts off by posing a really interesting problem that I think a lot of people, even veteran, are facing I would say, which is having a team, or a company that is not willing to hire someone that will, for sure, not able to not make any contribution to the project, whether it is direct or indirect, and this I think would take away the potential for an individual to learn and maybe even progress himself/herself in the field if it happens to them constantly. As the author starts to explain the solution, which is to acquire and maintain concrete skills, which is really generalized, but when he starts to explain further, it makes a lot of sense to me. He explains that we just simply can bring the ability to learn quickly, or the ability to bring a specific tool or technology that allows the team to work better, and our credibility will be increase among the team, so it is best to be prepared a lot of necessary skills and tools before applying for a position in a team. I like the point where he points out that some hiring manager will have to trust us with what we have and bringing a creation of our own might ensure them that we will fit the job that benefit them. I found it also true that these concrete skills are only noticeable when our resumé is new and lack of experiences. It is certainly be easier as we proceed from job to job, as they are more likely to look at our personal experiences, reputation, and most importantly, our portfolio.
Personally, I think this pattern is really brief about the subject matter, it does not necessary be the most informative patterns, but it certainly motivates me and I am sure a lot other developers out there to learn and do more in their own time in order to make their resumé looks better, as well as gaining more experiences in using tools and languages at the same time. It also made me realize that the demand of tools and technologies are always going to change, so it is quite essential to always learn new things on the go, although our pool of knowledge is filled with a lot of stuff that can easily be used in a team at some point. I feel like this pattern is different as it is more about preparing for getting a job in the field, but it is quite important not to be passed by by new developers.

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Confront Your Ignorance

For this week, now that I have read through “Expose Your Ignorance” in the Apprenticeship Patterns, I continue on to read through “Confront Your Ignorance”, as they seem to go hand in hand with each other. To sum up this chapter, it mostly talks about the advantages and disadvantages when taking action to fill up our knowledge once we identified the gap.
The problem posted for this chapter is that while we have a lot of tools and techniques available out there that we can get our hands on, a lot of developers like us do not know where to start and a lot of common things that people know, we are expected to have those knowledge when we start working. I feel like this is the exact current state of a lot of new people who just got into the field and this chapter seems to be important to know about when we get started. The solution that the author presented, which is picking one skill, tool, or technique to actively learn about it, caught me off guard as I would never imagine it to be a simple answer. It is true that we have a start somewhere and using those as foundations to learn others. He then moves on to explain that to do whichever ways work best for us like reading articles and FAQs or constructing Breakable Toys and ask around for people who knows better or simply just people who are looking to acquire the same skill. The best part of this pattern is when he stated that we don’t have enough hours to get all the skill we need, and making trade-offs is necessary in order to get better. This is what I always think about whenever I get into learning something new because I might potentially forget part of what I know now and there will be more and more to learn once I get used to new skills. The author begins to explain that confronting the ignorance can be done in private, but then it would promote the bad habit of being failure or openly learning something in a work environment is unacceptable. And worse side effects that can be found by applying this pattern would be to let our personal gain for knowledge affect the team and we should keep in mind to separate them when we do.
I do agree with every point that the author put out on this pattern as I am sure that it will prove to be helpful when I am required to learn something new. With such simple solutions and tips, I think this chapter is pretty straight forward telling us to keep on practicing ourselves outside of work time, which still keeping up with the team progress so that we can become better without stubble upon failing what we are supposed to do and I think it is useful for new developers to know.

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Expose Your Ignorance

For this week, I continued reading the Apprenticeship Pattern and the first one that I got into is “Expose Your Ignorance”. To simply explain this pattern, it encourages the readers to basically no being afraid of feeling ignorance and stupid when asking about what we don’t know.

The problem of this chapter is presented with an example of a work environment that requires the developer to be familiar with required with technologies, but we simply just don’t have any idea how to use it. I like how the author says that it happens to everyone because it is true that people can’t know everything and this would let the readers know that it is common, furthermore encourage them to not be afraid and expose their ignorance. With the question of how should one exposing himself/herself to be the most effective, the author gave us one simple solution, which is to show other people that you might not know about it, but you are willing to learn how to do it during the process of delivering software. Leading off as the author acknowledge the common feeling that the societies are increasingly dependent on the competence as a developer and we just have so many zones of ignorance, the author shows us that we still shouldn’t be afraid to tell people the truth despite feeling those pressure. According to him, to let people know that you are in the process of learning that particular technology is important to either build a strong relationship with people or build your own reputation of our learning ability. I would say that this is very true because the fact that people would appreciate the time that we put out to try to learn and use it properly rather than just lying about it and then forcefully use it the way it’s not intended to or finding a walkaround. The author then encourages us to ask questions and adopt the ability to learn as it is the easiest way to get to know something. It is rather an uncomfortable process, but it’s probably the most efficient way to learn in the end.

I can see myself completely agree with what the author said to exposing my own ignorance. I believe that it is what a lot of people in the past did in order to be at their position right now and I also believe that a lot of apprentice like us should not afraid to be judged and do the same, just to get ourselves better every day. I know that I myself do suffer from the fear of asking. Sure, I do want to learn, but I also want to prove to others that I know a lot too, and this chapter helps me to realize that actively learning is also another way to positively prove to other people, and I should not be avoiding it when needed.

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Reflect as you work

For this week Apprenticeship Pattern, I chose to read about “Reflect As You Work”. When I read the title, my first thought is that this habit is pretty necessary, but it should not be too hard to have a chapter dedicated to it and turns out I was entirely wrong about it. The pattern starts with putting out the question of whenever a developer can consider themselves as “experienced” and how would that process be in order to reach that destination. The author then went straight to the point to explain how just reflecting our own work would be a best way for us to gain more experience. He explains several techniques like making a Personal Practice Map, which would involve writing down all the practices that we do during the development process and share with others, and mimic what they do in order to be better in the field. I think this particular technique would greatly help a lot of new developers in the field who does not know what to expect when developing and would end up doing what they think is the best without having a chance to consult everyone about that decision. The author also mentioned that this reflecting would involve a lot of observation on the practices and the processes of journeyman and master craftsman on the team, which I would say highly beneficial for everyone, not just the newcomers. He also gave out some examples of practices that was not discussed before, but then becoming more popular as everyone has proven it to be a lot useful. The author then concluded that people would start called us experienced if we hang on long enough and it should not be our goal to earn that title. Experienced should mean that we survive through long enough and our dedication to exploring, not necessarily how much we learned. He also made a really good point that anti-experience, or developing bad habit, can also happen too and we have to keep that in mind to set out goal to be “skilled”, not “experience”. This I would say the best thing I’ve read in patterns so far, since it is directly related to what I am doing as to earn the same amount of experience as anti-experience while doing personal projects alone, without any guidance of any journeyman or master craftsman. I can say that I do learn quite a lot from this pattern and I certainly would keep in mind these suggestions that the author made.

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