Long-Term Takeaways

  • when designing algorithms, demand the weakest iterators (e.g. bidirectional vs. random access)
  • when designing containers, provide the strongest iterators (e.g. random access vs bidirectional)
  • build adapters on top of containers and iterators
  • do not use new and delete, use allocators instead
  • always look for reuse and symmetry in your code
  • collaboration is essential to the quality of your code and to your well-being in producing it
  • refactor, refactor, refactor
  • make your code beautiful

How well do you think the course conveyed those takeaways?


What did you do this past week?

Mainly worked on the Integer project. Spent like 40 hours on it and still didn’t get it in working order unfortunately. Hopefully the next projects go a little better! I also started driving for UberEats based on my roommates recommendation, that was fun and it’s pretty easy to earn a nice chunk of change doing that.

What’s in your way?

My motivation. I got pretty down after spending so long on the project last week and not even being able to finish it.

What will you do next week?

My American Literature class…


What did you do this past week?

This last week I worked for a while. I started delivering for DoorDash cause honestly have nothing better to do with my time and it pays decently enough. I also went swimming once. Other than that, I just worked on schoolwork and the Integer project.

What’s in your way?

My lack of productivity. I chose to do this project alone for some dumb reason and having the “freedom” to work on it whenever is just feeding my procrastination. …


What did you do this past week?

To be honest, I can’t remember this last week. It’s all starting to blur together. I’m really not doing anything too interesting right now, hopefully I’ll be able to go home soon to bring my mountain bike and golf clubs back to Austin so that I can partake in those hobbies again. Besides loafing around, I guess I haven’t done anything too notable this past week.

What’s in your way?

Nothing right now. No project to stress about, injury is finally healing up. I feel good this week.

What will you do next…


What did you do this past week?

This last week I didn’t do too much. I played a little bit of tennis, worked, went to the gym a couple of times, worked on class assignments, and cooked! I made a really good sandwich for once that I thoroughly enjoyed (I’m always disappointed by simple lunch meat sandwiches cause they’re so boring, so I usually have to go to a sandwich shop to get my fix).

What’s in your way?

To be honest, not much seems to be in my way this week. I feel like I am relatively caught up…


What did you do this past week?

Academically, I’ve been working on the Collatz project. This is my only summer class this session, so apart from attending class, I’ve been able to focus on working on the first project.

I spent a lot of time relaxing with my friends and girlfriend. One of the ones I watched was In The Heights (as recommended by Professor Downing himself) and I enjoyed it! …


Hello World! This is my first ever blog post, so let me introduce myself first. My name is Kyzer, I’ve lived in Texas all of my life and currently attend the University of Texas at Austin. I grew up right outside of Fort Worth in a small town called Haslet. I went to VR Eaton High School, where I mostly participated in student council and UIL academics. My favorite activity was participating on the UIL Journalism team and competing at academic competitions against other schools. …

Kyzer Polzin

Current CS student at UT Austin sharing my journey

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