Tag Archive: Creativity
Trains to South Africa instead of to Lalor. Magda Szubanski is a station master with an Irish accent, and she’s getting sick of That Guy always speeding through her station disregarding the signals. How dangerous of him! She decides to take matters into her own hands when she sees him rocketing down the rails towards her station once again, and sets all the signals to red. He goes crashing into all of the crossing gates while trying to stop and learns his lesson.
In the second half of 2005 (the first year of my uni degree), I took a subject called Introduction to Internet Technology. Out of all the subjects I’ve taken so far for my degree, this one easily affected my career path the most profoundly. It made me realise precisely where I wanted to channel my professional efforts: web programming.
The other day I discovered just how much of other people’s junk we have lying around at the DP desk, and I figured we needed to do something about it. When I got home that day, creativity struck and this was the result:
I’ve come to really enjoy Java over the past few weeks. I recently discovered the Java Collections Framework (JCF)—
—and if you love Perl’s arrays and hashes (or Python’s lists and dictionaries) as much as I do, you’ll surely fall hard for the JCF like I did. One thing that I wish I realised earlier though: TreeSets can’t contain two items where item1.compareTo(item2) == 0, even if !item1.equals(item2). So watch out there or you’ll be chasing your tail for hours like I was.
I’ve also discovered that I really like Java GUI programming. Our Software Engineering 1B assignment requires us to code a decent batch of GUIs and custom controls:
…but then who am I to judge given my need to be up in less than six hours? Oh well.
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It’s nowhere near complete (but then I never complete any of these). It needs another track on top of what’s already there I think, but I can’t decide on a melody or an instrument and I really, really need to get to bed.
Imagine my horror when I got my results for the last Software Engineering assignment (it was baaad) and remembered that assignments are a hurdle and that I did poorly on the others. Imagine my trepidation at the thought of having to undo months of planning and rethink my entire degree while waiting on the final outcome.
Now imagine my relief when I found out for sure that I did manage to just pass that hurdle. Looks like I’ll be sticking around as a Software Engineer after all.