1. How well do you think the course conveyed those takeaways?

My biggest takeaways from this course were to write unit tests, writing reusable code, and collaborating well with people. I have written large-scale software before and even deployed them. But I had not written unit tests using frameworks such as Google Tests; a lot of my testing was manual. Unit tests save so much time in debugging and releasing quality code as fast as possible.

2. Were there any other particular takeaways for you?

Another important takeaway I had from this course was the Continuous Integration Pipeline. At first…


1) What did you do this past week?

Last week, my partner and I passed the HackerRank test cases, wrote unit and acceptance tests for the Darwin Project. On top of that, I took my algorithms midterm and my History midterm. Was a really busy week!

2) What’s in your way?

I have a quiz for my Religious Studies class. I need to finish up and turn in the Darwin project with my partner. For my club, I have to implement a couple of new features in implement on the mobile app to get ready for MVP testing.

3) What…


1) What did you do this past week?

Last week, my partner and I worked on the Darwin project; we were able to pass all the HackerRank test cases! And, I had to finish up my algorithms problem set. Lastly, I finished up the backend infrastructure for a mobile app my team is building for Dell Medical School.

2) What’s in your way?

This upcoming week is full of midterms for me. I have an algorithms midterm on Monday and a History midterm on Wednesday. …


1) What did you do this past week?

My partner and I finished up the Allocator project by Monday. I was able to get a demo of the MVP for an app my team is building for Dell Medical School! Other than that, I attended classes and did my weekly assignments.

2) What’s in your way?

I have an algorithms problem set due on Wednesday. I am applying to a few on-campus jobs so I need to start filling out some pre-screen questionnaires. I have a quiz for my Religious Studies class.

3) What will you do next week?

I…


1) What did you do this past week?

I spent most of last week finishing up the Voting project with my partner. Also, I had a major presentation for my language class to explain the cold storm in Texas. Moreover, the usual tasks were the algorithm problem sets, watching history lectures, etc.

2) What’s in your way?

I have to finish the backend infrastructure for my club’s mobile app in the next two weeks. Also, I have a problem set for my algorithms class. My midterms are over so hopefully, I have no trouble finishing them up.

3) What will…


1. What did you do this past week?

Last week, I searched and successfully found a partner for the Voting project. Moreover, I finished a couple of assignments: algorithms problem sets, quizzes, etc. Lastly, I spent a lot of time cleaning frontend code to prepare our team’s app for the MVP launch.

2. What’s in your way?

This week is full of midterms. I have an essay due for my History midterm and a take-home exam for Algorithms. And, I have to finish up the Voting project.

3. What will you do next week?

Next week, I will be firstly…


1) What did you do this past week?

At the beginning of the week, I finished up the final touches for the Collatz project. Most of the week was attending classes and working on weekly assignments.

2) What’s in your way?

I need to finish up my algorithms problem set and attend lectures for my classes. Aside from school, I have to work on finalizing the backend infrastructure for a club and meet research milestones.

3) What will you do next week?

Next week, I will be reviewing Greedy algorithms and re-watching History lectures to prepare for midterms. …


1. What did you do this past week?

This past week, I worked on my algorithms problem set, attended club meetings, and got a decent amount of progress in the collatz project.

2. What’s in your way?

I still have a solid amount of work for the collatz project. Moreover, I need to complete milestones for my club and research. For my club, I need to implement serverless function using AWS lambda for user authorization. For my research, I need to get familiar with Unity and its VR tools.

3. What will you do next week?

By Tuesday, I plan…


1. What did you do this past week?

Most of what I did was attend classes, do homework, and prepare for quizzes. Aside from that, I started doing some app development (React Native, Serverless) for my club and set up the docker image for this CS371p!

2. What’s in your way?

I have a LOT of history lectures to catch up on. A couple of projects are also in the way: club project, Collatz, and research.

3. What will you do next week?

I will mostly be focusing on Collatz and Research projects. …


1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in three countries: India, Qatar, and the US! I grew up in India till elementary school, did my middle schooling in Qatar, and moved to the US while attending high school.

2. What high school did you attend?

I went to Clements High School (Sugar Land, TX).

3. What was your favorite extracurricular activity in high school?

My favorite extracurricular was debate! As someone who was afraid of public speaking, I loved pushing myself outside my comfort zone to improve my speaking skills. I did not achieve much in debate but…

Saranjith Chockan

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