Inheritance Makes My Brain Hurt

The second programming assignment of the year has rolled around and this time inheritance is the name of the game. Inheritance is one of those things that’s lovely in theory but really hard to implement properly particularly when you get a 2 hr lecture and you’re then expected to write a program involving inheritance, polymorphism and singleton classes without any satisfactory explanation of what it is in the first place. In any case I’m finally starting to get my head around it and once I confer with Peter the resident programming genius at uni I’ll get stuck into it and start doing some proper coding.

In other news I reinstalled windows yesterday so now my computer is lovely and fast and ready for Office 2007 Ultimate, which I purchased for the very reasonable price of $25 for a 1 year subscription. The idea there is that if I have the same puter a year from now I’ll spend the $50 to upgrade to perpetual and if I haven’t I’m $50 better off. I know there has been some Office 2007 bashing going on recently but I have a really very slow computer and I haven’t really noticed any major problems. So, to all of you geeks with your newfandangled 1GB RAM, STOP WHINEGING!!! I’m stuck with 512MB and you don’t hear me complaining about the amount of time things take to load. Besides it’s pretty… Surely you can forgive a little bit of lag for the prettiness?!?

Exams will be rolling by in just over a week; but fortunately I seem to be getting more, rather then less confidant about the exams as they approach. Every time I do tute questions these days I realize that I know way more about the subjects than I thought I did. I guess that whilst the exams are a lot closer to the semester this year than normal due to Swinburne abolishing SWOT VAC, I am also far more prepared than I might normally be at this stage. I’ve made a huge effort to try and force myself to pay attention this semester and clearly my new rather antisocial habit of sitting right up the front of the lectures away from my friends is starting to pay off.

I still haven’t had word about IBL, but neither has anyone else so I’m not worried yet.

2 thoughts on “Inheritance Makes My Brain Hurt

  1. urbaer May 23, 2007 / 10:07 am

    OOP annoys me generally. Back when I was in uni we did half a semester of Eiffel (which should have been easy for me given it was Pascal based) which we renamed Awful and half a semester of C++. I can understand the benefits of OOP, but it’s not the way my brain works sadly. I can actually understand all of the concepts and stuff, but when I sit down to right anything I can’t figure out how to describe the object.Btw, my 512MB machine runs Open Office wonderfully… it’s not overly pretty, but it’s also not Microsoft 🙂


  2. Colin May 28, 2007 / 1:28 pm

    Singleton? I thought you said simpleton! He he, no wonder I couldn’t find anything on it…


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