I feel that my understanding of Java has taken great leaps and bounds this week. This is due mainly to our Post Lab-1 submission just because that was an activity I had to do on my own, catch the mistakes, and work out the kinks by myself. It really showed me which lines were needed, which lines weren’t, and how to allow a user to add their on numbers. I’d originally done the whole program as a math problem, declaring my own value to ouput a specific answer rather than leaving the input value up to the user. The in class activities has been helpful as well, just because they give me a visual reference to return to later if I am stuck on something. I think I am mostly on track. I understand pretty much everything we talk about in class, I’m just a little iffy about the increment statements (++a, a++). Like sometimes I’ve got it and other times I don’t. I’m impressed with what I’ve learned in the class so far. It has given me really cool, though basic, understanding of how a computer works and that was one of my goals for this class.
Areas of improvement…would it make sense if I said I need to improve my programming by shortnening my programming? I’ve noticed I tend to overthink when I’m developing a program, and adding steps that, while they don’t mess up the end result, just aren’t necessary for the program.
The thing I like most about this class is that we actively learn while in a group setting. Not so I can bum the answers off my fellow table mates, but instead, gain a better perspective on some things such as “it’s better to write it this way instead of that way because of…etc”. It also makes me feel more confident about my personal skills with programming because if I say something like ” This is whatever answer because of whichever method, correct?” and I get it right, it’s like hell’s yeah, I’m understanding the concept. Not to mention, I’m the only girl at my table so when I get something right, especially when some of the guys get wrong and I get to explain why it’s wrong, it’s like middle school – “Girls rule, suck on that!” In more proper, polite terms – it is empowering. As far as the group dynamic, we all work really well together. We are a power team. We share ideas, bounce “reasons why” statements around, and again with me being the only girl, it makes me happy that they are a chill group of guys. They aren’t intimidating nerd power houses. We all help each other and explain without judgement. The groups only flaw is that they are easily side tracked so sometimes it’s hard to bring them back to the task at hand. No big deal. Truly, my group is the best group environment for me to learn in because of how we all are together.
Lastly, if I say the entire teaching admin in my class is the bomb.com, do I get extra brownie points on the final?