practical knowledge

The Compiler Design + Multimedia Applications practical exam went off without any major mishaps. Minor mishaps: The keyboard of the computer behind me got stuck with the chair, and flew off the desk when I turned. I had to do a clumsy dive-under-the-table action to save it. The external examiner gave me a weird look.

Then there was the multimedia program whose menus *just don't work*. Just one of those things that happen to perfect programs in crisis situations. I know my code, and I'm dead sure it was perfect, but it just didn't work! So I go out to drink water, and confirm the code with this friend, and the Compilers teacher sees me talking. Great, first of all, your code gives up on you, and then it also makes you look bad in front of everyone.

Anyway, I finally made the program work somehow, and went on to do make a pretty nice 'predictive recursive descent parser for evaluation of arithmetic and boolean expressions using operator precedence'. Yeah, I know. The program was just as long. Looked like a Saree when it came out of the printer.

After the practicals we went to CP to drown ourselves in Happy Hours coke. Life, after a Chicken McGrill and 1 litre of coke, seems so peaceful...

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Arnab Nandi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. You can read more about him here.

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