Monthly: September 2016

A year ago this month marks when I moved into my halls at University. I can’t quite believe that a whole year has already passed, I can still sort of remember the excitement I had on that day. I have to say that I feel a completely different person to the one I started uni as a year ago.

The last few weeks me and Pete have been applying the finishing touches to the TRIM-IT beta app. There have been some long nights getting it ready but I am very pleased with what we have now. When I think back to making the start on it all back in May time at HackSussex, I can’t quite believe we’re at this point now. Right now we’re getting ready to put it out to a few people while doing some final internal feedback. It’s a little surreal to actually be using the app and seeing real barbers on there now!!

One big element on getting this all ready was sorting out the SSL certificate for our server. This means that communication between our server and any client is encrypted and also shows a nice little green padlock on our websites to let users know. Honestly I’ve never installed an SSL certificate myself before, so I’m glad I undertook the process as I feel like I’ve compounded some server knowledge in doing it. I would like to write a clear blog post about how to do it at one point, but right now I don’t have the time.

Once the beta app is out, I’ll be working on the web application. I’ve already been able to do a little work on it already, but I’m looking forward to being able to fully flesh it all out and bring our wonderful designs to life.

The week I began my lectures at uni again and it’s actually been really enjoyable. I’m finding the programming lectures at the moment to be much the same as we covered last year – but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As I’ve chosen to doing the artificial intelligence route, I have a cognitive science module about consciousness which is really interesting to me. It’s nice to be able to revisit studying philosophy – it’s quite strange how much I remember some parts.

That’s all for this month – I’m sure there’s more to write about but I don’t have the time to cover it.