Tuesday, 16 May 2006, 20:11:53 EDT
First, an update on my recent semester for those that may want it. I finished off the semester with one and A and one B (not counting the A in gym). I made the A in Numerical Methods, which was a bit of a surprise. I was expecting to make a B in that class, and numerically I did. There were four of us in the class and the point spread ended up being one A, one B (mine), and two Cs; so, the teacher handed out two As and two Bs. I made the B in Transition to Higher Level mathematics. Evidently, my B is one of only two in the class; no one else did that well or better. It was a hard class, sure, but it is a rather important class for a math major. I was amazed at the people that didn't show up half the time and the constant lack of effort put forth. I worked hard on both courses, and am proud of my accomplishments because of it. But I am saddened by the people I will be spending the rest of my degree with (those in my Numerical Methods course have graduated or are graduating next semester). Basically, I won't be able to really work with anyone other than my instructors. Study groups I attend, if any, will probably be like the one I put together for my Transition final — me doing the work and trying to explain it to others. Oh well, I knew the major would be tough when I switched to it. I am doing well, regardless. This past semester I made a GPA of 3.57 (just 0.03 shy of the Dean's List again) bringing my overall GPA up to 2.68 from 2.59. Calculating a rough estimate of my GPA using the courses that are counting toward my major, I have a 2.94. That is just adding up all the letter grades, and taking an average, of the courses I have taken which apply, and count, toward my major. It is by no means accurate. I have no idea how the school calculates a GPA because it involves something called "quality points." Quality points basically give more weight to some classes in the average than to others.
Back in November, I read a post on someone's website that talked about this person and a friend starting a new project to develop a "blog content management system" with the possibility of some AJAX being used. After reading this post I put virtual sticky note on my Dashboard that reads "Write about AJAX (e.g. using it for no reason other than to use a buzzword)." I couldn't, and still can't, think of any useful applications of AJAX in a site such as the front page of the one you are currently reading. I never got around to writing the post because of classes and lack of content. My recently dead gallery project gives me a couple items to talk about why succumbing to the buzzword hype can be bad (hey, I did it myself!).
I suppose what I am driving at is take the time to understand a technology before you start trying to design projects around it. It will save you a lot of time and headache. In this instance, I have not covered all the problems, like not knowing when the data will get to the user and in what order, but given a brief overview of what I encountered and my observances.