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From Oct 22 to Oct 29, I worked on a simple calculator. Naganuma gave us basic specifications and templates for detailed specifications and unit tests. I filled in the forms and wrote the program by myself.
Although it was my first time to program using Delphi, I did not have any problems writing the program. I read a Delphi 5 book and researched on the Internet. Because Delphi is based on Pascal, my Pascal experience was also helpful.
In the beginning, I had a hard time understanding what I needed to do. People spoke very quickly and used words and grammar I had not yet learned. I found written documents easier to understand. I enjoyed preparing my documents in Japanese because I had a chance to learn new grammar and new words. I'm still bad at Japanese, though. When my corrected documents are returned, they're full of red marks. I had to keep asking Yoshioka or Naganuma to correct my Japanese. I still have problems from time to time, but I'm slowly starting to understand.
The first time I submitted my test plans, Yoshioka asked me to provide an English translation so that he could understand it. My Japanese was that bad. Because he's good at English, he can correct my Japanese quickly. However, starting from next week, he'll be working in Shinjuku. I will have to find a way to get much better in Japanese so that I don't bother Naganuma all the time and so that I can avoid misunderstandings.
I searched the Internet for books on technical Japanese. I think they will be very useful. People say that "Basic Technical Japanese" is the best book, and even beginners can learn using it. It was published by University of Tokyo Press. If I pay for it myself, though, it's a bit expensive at 7875 yen. Because other trainees can also use the book to learn, may I ask the company to buy one copy of the book? I believe it will help us make the most of our short training period.
2004.07.25 | My last week of classes! Sniff, sniff. Also, my first time as a real street performer at Eastwood. 2004.07.18 | Introduced collections to CS21A. Set up ni.anteris.net mirror, recovered richip.dhs.org site. Started learning Japanese using AOTS CDs. Did lots of planner bugfixing. 2004.07.11 | Started writing 160-character fiction. 2004.07.04 | New toy: Cybershot. AOTS opportunity. Announcement to friends. Social interaction. 2004.06.27 | Started learning poi. Meatballs and angelhair week. Government CIO Forum. Wrote two short stories. 2004.06.20 | Mixed week in terms of classes. Wrote "Beloved Canines, Cherished Friends". Volunteered for Knoppix talk. More fun CookOrDie stuff: graduated to stir-fries. Much PlannerMode hacking. 2004.06.13 | First week of classes! Much work done. Deployed CoursesSubmission. Resumed CookOrDie. Helped icasocot find hosting. Wrote "A long wait". 2004.06.06 | Started handling correspondence for ICPC sponsorship. Drafted syllabus for courses. Met with Dr. Sarmenta re CS21A. Refine planner task creation behavior. 2004.05.30 | Took the GRE. Caught up on my bibliography. Started planner database. Resumed working on CoursesSubmission. Adopted new planning method. Write accomplishment module and task overview module. 2004.05.23 | Took the TOEFL. Wrote about possible research projects. Attended lunch with Som Mittal. 2004.05.16 | Watched Shrek with friends. Registered for TOEFL and GRE. Started reviewing for GRE. Converted all the slides to PDFs. 2004.05.09 | Merged a lot of patches from planner--dev--1.0 to planner--stable--1.0. Gave up on Australia trip. Conducted PinoyJUG newbie talk. Advised by Dr. Rodrigo to consider distance education. Wrote "We're Pregnant", "Adopted", "Feast" and "Link". Reflected on Getting Things Done. Began collecting papers for my bibliography. Started talking to Baryon again.
Lots of planner.el hacking, including new modules planner-accomplishments and planner-tasks-overview. Revived CoursesSubmission project. Took the GRE and the TOEFL. Wrote more short stories. Got back in touch with an old friend.