Dev Journal #004 — Defensive Design

May 31, 2013 in Dev Journal

For my fourth and final Dev Journal I read Defensive Design by 37 Signals.  What is defensive design? It’s a way strategy used when creating an app, website, program, etc. that attempts to stop problems before they happen.  A huge thing they talk about in the book is creating a great customer experience, and countering problems.  They say problems are due to happen, but the important thing is making it as simple as possible for the customer to get back on track.  I think it’s an excellent strategy, and if/when I am creating something in the future, I will absolutely take defensive design into consideration.  My idea for the GCE app was to create a homework app that any student in the class could add/change homework assignments.  I could absolutely see problems occurring  like if someone deleted the assignment, and another person tried to view it before it updated.  What would the error page look like, how would I help the person get back on track?  If I was to suggest GCE some changes, or things to think about when creating an app I would say:

Something that is overlooked was how we look at people who view our apps.  People who create applications, websites, etc. often think of the people using what they made as users, or conversions, other than what they actually are: people.  Another thing is error screens, most websites have error screens meant for professionals to read, the problem is people don’t know what they mean (ex: Error 404 page not found).  Professional developers create error screens that anyone can read (ex: This page was not found, click here to go to back).

Thanks for reading my last Dev Journal of the school year, who knows what will happen over the summer… maybe a Business Journal…


Dev Journal #002

May 3, 2013 in Dev Journal

I’ve noticed pretty quickly that learning Objective-C is an extremely huge task.  Previously I learned HTML, and CSS but Obj C is something totally different.  It really is like learning a new language, and although it is really difficult, I’m definitely making headway!  The endgoal of this project was (hopefully)  making an App for GCE.  Recently I made a survey, and sent it out to all students and staff members.  The idea for this app was to be a place where students can post what homework they have, and other students can add to it and edit it so it stays up to date.  Due to a huge response from students on the survey, I also plan to add a way to see the course websites.  Check out the data from the surveys below!



The War on Private Prisons

April 29, 2013 in English & History, Policy

For my second milestone in Policy (English & History) we created an infographic about a monopoly that exists today in the US.  I did mine about the Private Prison system and how terrible of a system it is.  This was a extremely eye opening source and I learned why we hold  %25 of the world’s prisoners, yet only %5 of the world’s population.  If you would like to check out my narrative of my infographic about it, check it our below!


Right now in America one of the most lucrative businesses is making more people go to jail than ever before, and it’s legal.  What I’m talking about is the Private Prison market, which is a 70 billion dollar market.  It has grown by %350 in the past 15 years, and this isn’t a coincidence.  This industry is extremely corrupt, and is emptying the pockets of taxpayers, and imprisoning those for longer than is deserved.  Many Private Prison companies require that states keep the capacity of prisons at above %90 full for 20 years.

This puts pressure on the justice system to increase sentencing length, and increase the frequency at which people are incarcerated.  Over 2.27 million US citizens are in jail, that’s about 1 out of 100 people.  The US hold %25 of the world’s prisoners, while only having %5 of the world’s population.  Roughly 51.5% of prisoners are there for drug related offenses.  Roughly %81.9 of prisoners are in jail for possession of a controlled substance.  The US government spent over 15 billion dollars, equaling to $500 every second.

I’ve noticed from doing this report that Private Prisons are becoming much more lucrative and profitable over time.  While profitability has gone up, so has the amount of prisoners in the US.  There has been a %700 jump in US prison population, which is outpacing general population growth and crime rates (%44 population growth).

The amount of spending on prisons has been skyrocketing over the past thirty years, and private prisons have not been the only reason for them to jump so high.  State-ran prisons supply more than 800,000 jobs, so it is at the best interest of the government to keep prisons full as well.  I think that the private prison system is absolutely terrible, and terrifying.  I believe that prisons should be ran at who has the people’s best interest in mind.  Not a company who has themselves to worry about.

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Creating a Resume

September 26, 2012 in English & History

For my english class (Art of Rhetoric) our goal was to make a resume for ourselves. We did this by first identifying what a good resume was by going online and looking at different resumes. I included information in my resume like past work experience, my skills, and my educational background. Feel free to view my resume below!