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POSSE Day 1: Now I know what my students feel like

In OpenSource on June 8, 2010 at 1:17 am

After the first day of POSSE I know how my students feel when I hit them with everything at the beginning of the software engineering courses. This immersion is great. In some ways, it’s utter chaos, but one begins to feel somewhat comfortable by the end of the day with some of the tools. I think that getting Fedora set up in VirtualBox was the most frustrating for me. I didn’t quite get it right this morning and was behind for most of the day I finally got that tonight. This video on YouTube helped a lot.

What was frustrating—too many accounts needed to be set up. A single login for all of them would work really well. That’s the only thing that got me frustrated.

It was kind of cool getting to use some of the tools that I haven’t used before. I’ve never used it before. I’m not sure I like it. There’s just too much going on and it seems too easy to miss things that are meant for me. I prefer using IM, but I am willing to bet that there are ways of filtering things in IRC. Hopefully we’ll get to that tomorrow.

I’m looking forward to the actual activity we’ll be working on this week. Even though Python isn’t my favorite language, I think it will be interesting using it on something real and see how things go.

Like my students, I’m suffering from information overload, but I know that it will all come out okay. That’s the alue of experience.

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