Boxers and Brief Updates

I know this is dated but: Surprise bitch, I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.

Things have been a bit hectic what with starting a new job and such, but I wanted to take the time to update y’all on the progress of it all.

First off, I am a lot farther along with the TypeChart than I expected to be by this point in the summer. I’m proud to say I already have a static typechart functionality, which allows users to check either offensive or defensive advantages and disadvantages of a certain type just by clicking on its corresponding button, which is actually something that I’m very proud of. The next steps I want to take in the program’s process are a lot more complex though, and may be the most complicated GUI that I’ve ever implemented on my own once completed.

 For the next phase, I want to implement a simulation mode where you can input the type of the offensive move, and the type(s) of the pokemon on the receiving end, and display the resulting damage modifier should this attack land (either 4x, 2x, 1x, .5x,.25x, 0x), or vice versa if you want to start with defending pokemon. This will prove to be challenging, as it will require a lot more state tracking and GUI manipulation, but I am very excited to sink my teeth into this challenge.

 Before I sign off, though, I want to provide an update of how my internship is going at Gateway Health Plan. Although it is not as intensive of a programming environment as I would have preferred, I can tell even only after a couple of days on the job that this internship is going to be a rewarding and educational experience, whether I like it or not.

Sorry to drop in with rapid fire updates and then jet, but there are these things called naps and friends’ 21st birthdays and I need to do one before the other if I expect to survive this summer. I’ll let you figure out which one.

 Til next time,

Adam “I’m furious that I already used the Dolly Parton movie joke last year” Hayes

P.S. I have committed the code with the static typechart to my GitHub if you want to take a look

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Hire Emblem: Resume Padding

Hey y’all, the semester just ended so I finally find myself in a position to stop and just breathe as I prepare myself for my summer internship at Gateway Health Plan, and after two weeks of Fire Emblem ROM hacks and binging Twin Peaks, I finally feel ready to return to the Steel City, the City of Steel ™, and get back into work mode before my internship starts on the 22nd. As I still have one more week of “downtime” before starting at Gateway, meaning that I am picking up some hours at the IT help desk that I part time at during the school year, I wanted to try out a little side project, and if all goes well with it, I may make more of these lil guys throughout the summer to keep my programming skills as sharp as the tip of a pegasus knight’s spear (like I said, 2 solid weeks of fire emblem and NOTHING ELSE), and also to delve into areas of programming that I currently don’t have that much experience with. Which brings me to the actual project itself: An interactive move and pokemon typing chart.

My reasons for picking this project were twofold: First, I wanted to get more experience with Event-Driven programming and working with GUIs, and I wanted to be able to care less about complicated behind-the-scenes operations and more about creating a pleasant GUI to give myself some front-end development experience. Second, I’m a nerd who plays pokemon a lot.

I am excited to get started on this project because it is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now but just haven’t had time for it between studying abroad last summer and taking major coarse loads during my junior year, and I can’t wait to share my progress and what I have learned. I’m going to start including links to my GitHub in case y’all might be interested on tracking progress, or if you just want to use the software once it’s been completed.

Smell ya later folks!

Adam Vs Software

Hello adoring fans, it has been quite a while since I posted, mostly because I haven’t been in Europe for almost 8 months and I haven’t been contractually obligated to keep a blog for class credit. However, today I’m feeling like changing up the game, and also the content of this blog. Starting today, I’m going to start posting about my experiences as a Computer Science major, and the trial and error that comes with it. This will probably be intermittent during the semester because, well, I’m not tryna fail (god do i love millenial lingo), but my hope is that once the semester closes out and my summer work at (TBD) begins, I’ll start logging progress with personal projects, lessons from the industry, and probably just fun updates about my life in general. Stay tuned, y’all!

Lasts pt. 2

This is it. The last one. I would like to take a minute to thank you for reading this, because without you (you specifically. I’m not making a broad pandering to any rando that clicks the link to the blog post…. or am I?) I wouldn’t have felt like I was even writing for anyone, and then I would have done an incredibly terrible job of documenting my summer abroad, so thanks for the constant pressure to not write like an idiot.

My last work week in Berlin proved to be a lot different from what I would have expected it to be. I initially imagined my last week to be full of Berlin exploring, and revisiting all of my favorite places. What actually happened was I ate some garlic sauce that had been sitting out for a month and I got food poisoning which esssentially shut me down for a couple of days. (Sidenote: Never let me cook for you)

As frustrating as it was to fall ill during my last week in Berlin, it helped me realize how I was already so incredibly fortunate to even have experienced Berlin in the first place, and that not being able to revisit Berlin’s greatest hits for a few days is certainly not the worst thing that could have happened during my last week. While our last days in Berlin were sad, I can’t say that I’m not happy to be coming home. There’s just something about not being able to chant “USA USA USA” as a joke that makes me miss the states (Another sidenote: I also miss my friends, family, american customs, yada yada yada)

I am so grateful that I was able to be able to experience all that I have this summer, and if there’s only one thing I can take away after this whole experience, it’s that this goodbye to Europe is not going to be permanent.

Peace out forever,

Adam “I can’t believe I pretended to be an adult for 3 months” Hayes

Lasts pt. 1

Hello and welcome to the home stretch of my internship experience abroad. After a summer full of firsts (first time visiting Europe, first time flying alone, first time maintaining a blog whose quality is variable at best, etc), it is incredibly strange to think about … Continue reading Lasts pt. 1