The fall work semester began yesterday, and I wrapped up a day of work and the longest commute Iâ€™ve ever done. Iâ€™m actually on the train, on my way to work again, as I write this. One interesting by-product of the otherwise overkill 6GB data plan I have with my iPhone is now being put to use a tethered bandwidth so I can be a bit more productive during these 4 hours I seem to lose out of my day. When I get a slightly more capable computer back (M1330â€™s still dead), Iâ€™m going to see if I can bring some work to do on the road, since my travel schedule makes my work-day inflexible to long hours.
I, along with 3 other developer co-ops were tentatively presented with a schedule of some of the tasks to be done. With the nearest deadline set at mid-September and quite a bit of work to be done, I feel working the regular 8 hours a day isnâ€™t going to cut it. As stated in the interview, I will get the unique opportunity of working on both the UI as well as functional parts of the web application. It should be quite a challenge. The initial tasks are quite challenging and as the team lead said, ‘these aren’t junk jobs; weâ€™re not even sure exactly how to do them yet’.
Aside from reading a lot of documentation and setting up our computers, we didnâ€™t do much yesterday. Speaking of computers, for the first time, Iâ€™m not getting hand-me-downs from the full time employees. In fact, I think we got the cream of the crop â€“ 22â€ widescreens and Core 2 Duo desktops with 3GB of RAM. Hereâ€™s to Visual Studio not freezing the computer all the time!
The plan for today is 5 hours of presentations on the details of the project weâ€™ll be working on. Thereâ€™s a pretty ambitious schedule, so planning and task breakdowns will be very important. The project itself sounds very interesting, but I do have some questions about its viability as well, questions that will hopefully be answered today. If Iâ€™ve discovered anything thus far, itâ€™s that even in the role of developer, I still concern myself with the success of the product in the market and not just the success of the code build.