Monday, November 01, 2004

Of Finished Homework and Ice


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Originally uploaded by CodeFin.

The first signs of winter were upon us today. Because of the time change, when I went out to my car this morning, at least it was light outside again. I will be able to enjoy the beauty of morning light for a few more weeks, until the days shorten and it is again dark when I make my journey to school. There was a chilly bite to the air this morning, and I had to scrape ice off of the car. I am sure that if I lived in a warmer place, like sunny California, that I would not miss scraping the ice off of my car in the morning. But, where I live it is cold in the winter, and I do have to scrape the ice off of my car, so it is just something that I must get used to. One would think that after nearly ten years of winter driving, that cleaning off the car would become routine; but I still dislike it.

As promised in my last entry, when I returned I would be caught up with my schooling again. Thanks to a slower day at work, and the generosity of a professor, finishing up the homework wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. In ODE's this morning, the professor lead a question and answer session in which most of use were able to get the help that we needed to be able to finish things up. It was just a matter of getting home and making 'presentation copies'. The programming assignment just took a fresh brain, and a new outlook on the problem. My version of a linked list compiled, and I was able to use it in a simple implementation, however, I am not feeling totally comfortable with all of the methods that we were asked to implement. For starters, I am not sure if I covered all of the cases when an exception could be thrown, and I am also not feeling too great about the methods that use an index rather than an object comparison. It was harder than some of our other assignments. If the object was to help us to better understand the concept of the linked list abstract data type then the assignment was a success. Additionally, it also served as a tool to help me better appreciate the Java Collections Framework. As I said earlier, I don't know how I will have done on the assignment, but at least I got it to compile, and run a simple test scenario.

Tomorrow is a big day; Americans will decide the leadership of their country for the next four years. Whether you agree with the Electoral College or not, if you are a citizen it becomes your civic duty to vote. Much blood has been spilt to give us this privilege.

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