Week 6 – What you hope to learn in CS3216?

Well assignment’s due is coming soon. This week is extremely hard for us as we got the first comment of Colin: “What the heck is this”. We were wrong on calculating the workload of this product. It is much harder than we have thought. And it is even harder when there are only 2 developers in the team. We used to plan to reduce the functionalities of the app. But somehow that would lose the original idea: ‘Give more get more’. That is something we really do not want.

So, all we could do is just to try our best. We had a really sleepless week. And fortunately all the functionalities have been done on Sunday. All the work now is just to improve UI/UX and to fulfill the milestones. For me, I learnt a lot in this assignment. As there are only 2 developers in the team so I had to tough front-end also. The Flux architecture, React.js, etc they all used to be new to me. However, now I have an overview on them and could use them confidently.

Week 5 – What you hope to learn in CS3216?

Week 5 came fast and we started the assignment 3. For assignment 3 we have only 3 people, so it is quite difficult at brain-storming. So it took some days for us to finalize the idea. Thus we started coding a little bit late.

Unlikely assignment 1, we had Rahij doing all the stuffs such as skeleton, deploying, etc. For this assignment I had to do that. So lots of trouble with that as I have not done that before. I had to re-deploy for quite some times. But finally everything is ok.

Only about 10 more days and the app is still in beginning state. So we are speeding up to complete it. I think we can finish it in the next 3-4 days hopefully.

Week 4 – What you hope to learn in CS3216?

Finally assignment 1 & 2 have been done. This week was so hard for our assignment 1 as we need to change quite a of thing, from designs to technical things to fulfill the aspirations. By the way we got bugs also, and even worse we only knew when Colin said about that 🙁 So it took quite a lot of time debugging. For example the like button did not work at the first time. Then it took us some days to figure out that it was Facebook’s problems (or Amazon we dont know) as the DNS did not work. So we had to change to IP address for the like button.

About assignment 2, it was quite interested for me. I used to think that it was ridiculous as exact 20 slides, exact 20 seconds per slide, etc that was something new to me. I had never seen something like that before. So we got lots of fun every rehearsals as we need to calculate the exact time for each slide. Finally I felt it was the exact thing for developers 🙂

Now it is time to come up with Assignment 3. Let’s do it 🙂

CS3216 – App review on “Medium”

Well the assignment 2 has just passed. I was working on Slack but now I am going to review on Medium.

The presentation of team 8 gave me an overview about Medium. Basically Medium is something between Twitter and Blog, so it is called Medium :)). This is a platform where people can share the ideas and stories to the world. To be honest, I have never used Medium; so after the presentation I came back and took a look at the real application. Then I listed 3 main points in the presentation and some of my thoughts about these points.

  1. Team 8 stated that Medium is focusing on the content. I am totally agree with this. Obviously the purpose of the app is to share the ideas and stories to the world so the content should be the most important. They even have a team for picking good articles. However is this really good? Each person has his own taste on reading and this hand-picking seems to be too subjective. For me I am not very interested in reading, so I still believe in articles with more viewers. But for who is very interested in reading, this way may increase the quality of the articles? This is still controversy I think.
  2. Team 8 also mentioned about the design of Medium. It somehow focuses on the simplify to highlight the content. However, they also said that the over-simplification may cause Medium to lose many first-time users. I am not very agree with this. In my opinion, simplification is good. The problem lies on the design of the app, not the simplification. First time I visited the page, it hurt my eyes as the the page was too bright and it was mid-night. So for this problem, I recommend the same simplify with another color scheme, maybe blue or dark theme (not so dark) that create the peaceful. Just imagine that it is a peaceful autumn afternoon, you are sitting with a cup of coffee/tea and there is a very beautiful scene with river, tree and singing birds in front of your eyes. Is that too perfect time for picking a book/article?
  3. The last point I want to mention is user experience. I really like the highlighting text. So that you can note down some good sentences that you want to remember. More than that, you even can share it if you want and interact with the writer. The interaction between the writer and the reader is indispensable for an app like Medium. And it supports this interaction very well. Reader can comment on each sentence of the article.

Overall, there is still lots of things need to discuss about Median. But it is still a very good place to read, write and share your thoughts to the world.