Sunday, September 24, 2006

Week Wrap-up

    Music that must be heard:
  • E' Tão Gostoso Seu Moço, by Tania Maria

  • Bach: The Cello Suites, performed by Yo Yo Ma

  • Shostakovich: Symphony Nos. 5 & 9, performed by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic

  • Stars I Shall Find arr. David Dickau – good luck finding a recording, I heard it live at a university choral concert, but if you find it let me know.

With the music out of the way, I should say that the weekend was quite nice. I didn’t accomplish as much as I had hoped to on the college reading front, or the recreational reading front, but it was restful and that should count for something. I went to see a cousin sing with her choir at the university, it was really great. I left the concert feeling better about a lot of things. It brings out the chorus geek in me. It is really cool to see a group of people working together in such a way as to make beautiful music.

Last week I finished a P2P file sharing program for my networking class. Not feeling up to the battle of C or C++ I wrote it in Java, and found that socket programming in Java really is a dream. If you thought that it was easy in C#, you aint seen nothing yet. I am pleased with my program even if it is just a toy. One of the things that professional coding has taught me is that there can be a pretty significant difference between the sorts of things that one is asked to make for a school project and what one must do for a truly viable commercial application. So, I look at my toy P2P program and look at all of the things that I would have to change to make it “real” and feel that in some ways the students are getting blinded to what the application would have to do in the real world. On the positive side, at least it was something that one could program in a few evenings rather than weeks of meticulous labor.

I am feeling somewhat guilty about some of the side projects I have had to back burner in the last couple of weeks to make room for school and work, hopefully those people involved with me on those projects won’t feel too badly. Next weekend I may have a bit of time to look at some of that stuff.

The days are long, but the weeks seem to just fly by. Can you believe we are at the end of September?

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