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Week 3: The Problem and it’s requirements

This week we focused on the understanding, explaining, and defining criteria for the project. Additionally, our communication this week went well as we had to reschedule once this week, did so, and met successfully. That rolled into a great meeting where we discussed all of our work and how they will come together for the group problem statement document. Moving forward from some tough parts within the previous week it is important to understand as a programmer that this part of the project is difficult, and it is difficult because the planning sets up the group project for success or failure. So each incremental improvement for the individual from this point on will be helpful for the group, and from the previous meeting it seems as though our group has a good understanding of the project.

The scope for this project is particularly interesting, as it focuses on things such as regenerative agriculture, locality, and reduced carbon emissions. One concept that is important to All The Farms is regenerative agriculture which is the act of conservation and rehabilitation approach to farming found in small to medium farmers more so than large farms. Secondly the concept of local farms is important because All The Farms designs it’s support around providing a place for individuals to find their local farms, and for local farmers to find a place to post their details. Last of all, reduced carbon emissions if desired may be achieved with All The Farms such as being able to audit the details of the production of your locally sourced produce. This previous week I also took the opportunity to read up on many sources related to these types of focuses. Such as with carbon emissions, this focus works well with Shopify, and it can be understood to be a problem of large concern with the CEO of Shopify’s open letter about carbon emissions, around a year ago, as a testament to the problem’s relevance.

An ethical dilemma may arise if the time goes by and we notice one member not participating enough then we will have to refer to our rules for handling such an exception. So far that dilemma does not seem like it will arise though any signs of such may develop within the following weeks, or at realistically at any time. On the topic of planning one great tool that may help are Gantt Charts, to show the tasks, and overlapping working periods. This Gantt chart from Microsoft Office is an example of one that may be used offline. Overall most of our planning will be done on Trello, there are free websites that offer Trello, and I imagine in these next weeks we may work with that. The KanBan type of style for organizing tasks could be done on an offline sheet similar to the previous Gantt example however Trello will be used for the features of it being online to make changes alongside the group.

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Week 2: Start!

This week our projects were assigned, along with our teams, and I am very excited to be apart of the All The Farms project! Being the first time working together our group had to work out some problems such as with scheduled times. Working through that, we met up as a group to discuss what types of tools and expectations we will have moving forward. Our group discussion with Jim from All The Farms was great for planning, and gathering information what was desired for the project. Near the end of the meeting I personally was also able to ask some clarifying questions with the remaining time. The answers overall were very helpful for understanding the full scope of the task. I also discovered with our group that we would be working with Trello, something I previously read about, it is a free Kanban type of task organizational software product. With the top priority tasks from the left on cards, stacked downwards, and to the right in that order for priority. Additionally we plan to use Github for collaborating on the code solution, with features of forks, and bug reporting. Other types of communication platforms we may use also include Slack, Discord, and Google. There is no direct ethical dilemma noted this week, the project is overall positioned well in ethical terms, and I do not see any upcoming problems in the foreseeable future. As long as communication is managed well week to week, then we should continue to make incremental progress towards our goal, and in the end return a successful product for this project. We were also able to successfully get scheduled to meet weekly for the project at an agreed time which went well this week. For next week I am excited to get into Shopify’s language for templates Liquid and how we may create this project to completion from a technical perspective.

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OSU Capstone Blog: Start

Hello!

My name is Arman, I am a senior at Oregon State University, and I am starting this year long project with class CS 461 this fall term online with my professor Bill Pfeil.

I am excited to get started with this long term project, and I am ready to make it a success! I started programming just before college with some web development, which lead to working with a small business owner explore website options for their business, and ended great with myself wanting to learn more. Learning programming, and computer science overall has been a difficult struggle, although worth it. Additionally, learning about finance is also an interest of mine, where clubs out side of class provided content, and I would be happy to work with a project of that type. I have also been able to learn from this internship where I worked on developing additional scheduling features to their bare-metal backup server system. From that I’ve also decided that I would like to focus on the mobile software development track, and I am excited to learn more in these upcoming terms! Additionally just this previous term, I successfully completed the mobile development class focusing on Flutter, dart, and overall I enjoyed working with Flutter for mobile applications. This term I am learning computer graphics with the GLUT library types, and I hope to use what I learn to help me with learning shading with the GLSL library.

When looking through the senior capstone projects I first filtered through projects that are relevant to my mobile application focus. Projects with specifications for using Flutter or Dart in their development generally were put above other types as it currently is my preference for mobile development. After selecting the mobile application projects I went to projects that sparked my interest over the project idea, or plans! I am excited to meet my group members and I hope this all gets off to a great start.