Day 67: Changing Gears

I’ve missed the last two blogging days, but for good reasons I swear. As the title suggests, I’ve changed gears in this apprenticeship. I’ve realised recently that I’m right about in the middle of the programme and, not including this week, I have about nine weeks left as I’m going on holiday as well. This means that I have to start preparing for the next phase, which is the “masterpiece” project.

The last few weeks, I’ve actually tapered my “learning through books” approach to focusing more on practical work. In the very beginning of this apprenticeship, I focused mostly on bookwork, i.e. reading chapters and taking courses, while doing some practice problems on the side. After the first four or five weeks, I began to read a bit less and practice a bit more, slowly finding ways to apply the knowledge I learned in areas that both interest me and could be beneficial to the company. Starting about three weeks ago, I completely stopped learning through these books and courses.

Well, at least in terms of Scala and that sorts. I still do review on deep learning, as well as learning even more concepts around that area. Joining the data scientists pretty much revived my interests in the field. I mean, I’m even giving a talk on GANs next week (with some of the data intelligence people joining!), which is what I’ve been working on most of the day.

As I’ve mentioned in the daily the other day (well, yesterday), although I tried my best to like Scala, I realised that it’s not as enjoyable for me to write as Java and JavaScript (and even C++). Luckily, I’m not the only person who thinks that way after speaking to others about it… Yet, I don’t see it as a failure for me that I’ve decided not to continue my journey in Scala; at least not for the time being. I achieved my goal of learning another programming language and I did enjoy learning Scala, even though I didn’t end up liking the actual language. But to be fair, I also didn’t like Java or C++ when I first started them.

So we’ll see what happens with that.

At the beginning of next year, I’ll have to start thinking about the different teams I would like to join and I’m still quite unsure. I guess it also depends on which teams have an opening, and I didn’t ask which of the development teams. Well, I’ll think about that in January.

Oh yeah, the masterpiece. I have some ideas but I would like to speak with the other apprentices to see what they’re planning for that as well.


‘tis not too long. :D

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Deirdre is a self-proclaimed canine specialist by day and software engineer by night. She is a Boston Celtics fan despite living in San Diego most of her life, and listens to Earth, Wind, and Fire and Bruce Springsteen every day.