November 15, 2010

CS "Bucket List" 11/15

Wow, I haven't written in here in a loooong time (over 2 months!).

School is getting crazy busy, between taking 3 upper div classes (which I love), TAing the Software as a Service course here at Berkeley, co-facilitating a web design class, undergraduate-researching over at the RAD Lab, and hacking on some awesome personal projects (but that's a story for another post).

Oh, and I'm flying up to Seattle next week for another Microsoft interview - exciting! After midterms have somewhat calmed down, I've decided to make a list of things that I'd like to hack on by the end of Christmas break.

  1. Read more papers. I've been inspired by my friend Sunil to read more research papers about everything.

    I'm feeling a little lame for not knowing too much about anything non-frontend-web-related. Currently on my list: Above the Clouds, Cassandra, BigTable, MapReduce, Spark, and Nexus (these last two and Above the Clouds are papers from the RAD Lab!).

    Any other suggestions?

  2. Hack on something in Python. All of our projects in CS188 (Artificial Intelligence) are coded in Python, and I think I'm falling in love. I feel like I'm cheating on Ruby a little bit (this blog is even cleverly named after Ruby on Rails), but Python is pretty much the perfect combination of every programming language I've ever liked. Maybe I'll change my mind as I work with it more?

  3. Contribute to some open source project(s).

  4. Work on a personal project non-web-frontend-related. I really need to get out of my comfort zone.