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Blog Entry for Week Ending March 10

by Springer, Matthew C. last modified Mar 10, 2017 10:27 PM
The sixth week of Software Engineering II

For our class discussion this week, we read Martin Fowler’s article “Continuous Integration.”  Overall, it emphasized the importance of self-running tests, maintaining a single source repository, and frequent commits. The idea is to make new, more functional versions available frequently and help reduce and predict the time it will take to fully integrate a project.

For my work on the group project this week, I started marking up some of the html files to get a better understanding of what the role of different parts of the files are.  I started with the index.html file and either moved things around or inserted new markup to see how the page reacted.  This let me map out from the template that the index.html file provided to the actual running page.  This practice will be key to our understanding how the files are organized.  Later in the week, as a team we got started on the formal, fleshed out proposal for the project.

For my individual project, I came up with a project extension idea and downloaded the files to get a better idea what I would be working with.  For the idea, I’m planning on making some additions for mouse functionality.  Getting the project started was more difficult.  I still haven’t quite gotten it to run, but I have most of the required projects added.  There’s some still issue with the tests and I then still have to create the project files that would let me run it.  It’s been awhile since I’ve had to work with Eclipse so there’s a bit of a re-learning curve associated with that.  I’m hoping to get the project working in its current state by this time next week.  After that I’m going to start playing around with the code to see what I can do with it.

Our lab this week was an interesting one in that we got an introduction to setting up a workspace for OpenMRS.  Thanks to my classmate Julia, I was able to finish it in a reasonable amount of time.  After I finished, I was able to share my knowledge of how to complete the lab with most of my classmates.  The lab mainly ended up being a collaborative troubleshooting experience.  Which may or may not have been the point, but we all got a bit of experience with a new system and some practice with guessing and checking.


by Springer, Matthew C. last modified Mar 10, 2017 10:27 PM
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