Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Pratik's Design Challenge...

Welcome to my first (of many) "GetOffMyAss Challenge"...

I've been meaning to do a LOT of things in the past year... This year, I'm getting them done!

One of them is to sharpen my Software Design skills by participating in TopCoder Design Competitions...

I've been thinking about and talking about this since my Code4Bill days back in July 2006... but just haven't gotten around to it.

The other day I mentioned (yet again) wanting to start TC Design, and my friends were like, "There he goes again..." with the full on eye roll and everything. That's when I was like "Alright, I HAVE to stop procrastinating on this already!"

One source of inspiration for me was Harsha, a fellow Code4Bill finalist... This guy is something else I tell you! He just won the "Design Digital Run" at TopCoder!

The main source though is that I need to learn design, and the best (and only) way to learn design is to practice! Also I know I'll kick ass at it if only I get off my ass first!

I had ventured into the "Component Design Tutorials" in a fit of inspiration last August, but I didn't get past installing the Topcoder UML tool...

But this time I really wanted to follow through... (I'll show them doubting, eye rolling friends!) : )

So this time, to give myself some more leverage, I set up my "Design Challenge" on the 11th of April...

1 week goal : Have TopCoder Design set up with all software, and read the "Getting Started" tutorials.

1 month goal : Make at least one design submission that passes minimum rating.

3 month goal : Win my first design contest!

The condition is that if I succeed in the 1 month goal, they take me for a huge treat, else I treat them. The treat gets bigger for the 3 months goal.

This shouldn't be too difficult...

I've already got a copy of "Head First Design Patterns"... And I will NOT hit the sack tonight before getting the TopCoder Design Environment etc set up!

1 Comment:

Amit said...

In which year is your goal starting? 2025?