CS371p Spring 2021 Entry 12: Dustan Helm

Dustan Helm
2 min readApr 18, 2021


  • What did you do this past week?

I hung out and had fun with friends multiple times this week (we’re vaccinated) and the return to semi-normalcy feels good. Finished both my OOP project and Graphics projects on time, then I slacked off for the last few days.

  • What’s in your way?

I have another project deadline this week in Computer Graphics and right now me and my pair programming partner are stuck at a point where we need help to make progress but that means we just have to wait until office hours. I’d like to get started with Project 5: Life nice and early but I’m not exactly clear of the inheritance structure we’re supposed to be designing, especially with regards to the “handler class” Cell.

  • What will you do next week?

This coming week I hope to definitely create all the files and include structure I need for the project by adapting older projects’ files (i.e. Run Harness, Test Harness, makefile, etc.). Also I think we should be on track to turn in the Graphics project, but we have to come up ideas for our final project in that class nearly concurrently because of the deadline structure.

  • If you read it, what did you think of the More getters and setters?

I write the blog entry before doing the paper every time. I’m not sure I’m going to do the one for this week yet.

  • What was your experience of sequence containers, container adapters, and associative containers? (this question will vary, week to week)

I thought it was pretty standard stuff in terms of the types of containers, though the deque was slightly unique. Nice to see how the containers work in the C++ standard library as opposed to Java’s, for example.

  • What made you happy this week?

Hanging out with friends as mentioned in the first question

  • What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?

My tip of the week is to start out with the correct structure for a project instead of letting the problem grow worse and worse. Despite it being obviously a terrible idea I started Project 4 directly on HackerRank working in one large file and the include error circus that ensued made me regret all of my life choices

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