Week of September 29 to October 5, 2014

1) Programming Cloud Services for Android Handheld Systems: Verified Certificated issued with final grade 99.5. Verified Certificate
2) Usable Security: Watched week 3 video lectures and submitted Week 3 quiz.
3) Mining Massive Datasets: Enrolled into the course late. I have downloaded week 1 and 2 videos but too busy with Poly U homework projects to begin watching them.

Poly U
4) COMP5111 – Database Management:

  1. Set up structure of PHP project
  2. Implement student login and logout functionality
  3. Implement change password function to fulfill update requirement
  4. Add skeleton PHP code to return dummy student history and render the results student page using JQuery Ajax call

5) COMP5122 – E-Commerce fundamental and development:

  1. Use Maven 3 to create a Spring MVC project
  2. Deploy the project to tomcat 6 server in Poly U and it can run successfully


6) Order Mama Demo in collaboration with Roger Tang

  1. Can retrieve Facebook posts and show them in endless list adapter
  2. Can display number of likes and comment count for a specific post
  3. Can retrieve Facebook comments and show them in endless list adapter

Week of August 11 to August 22, 2014

1) Reproducible Research: Enroll Signature Track to earn my third Verified Certificate in Data Science Specialization.
2) Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures: Programming Mobile Services for Android Handheld Systems: Earn my second Verified Certificate in Mobile Cloud Computing with Android Specialization.
3) Advanced Competitive Strategy: Completed all 7 quizzes and open book final examination.
4) Programming Cloud Services for Android Handheld Systems: Submitted 5 quizzes and assignment 1. Assignment 2 was released but I cannot start until I watch all the videos of week 6. This course uses Spring framework to implement cloud services and instructor has covered Spring controller, Spring repository, Spring security, Spring data and Spring Rest.


5) Deploy my second AngularJS size project to http://quiet-chamber-1998:herokuapp.com.
Features include:

  1. Show custom markers of pick-up locations on Google Map.
  2. Call Google Map Direction Service to render route.
  3. Allow user to input unlimited addresses to draw route to Hong Kong Science Park
  4. Define simple Restful API in NodeJS + Express Router
  5. Use Yeoman and Grunt to bootstrap AngularJS project.

Week of May 19 to May 31, 2014

1) Getting and Cleaning Data: Submitted Quiz 3 (15/15), Quiz 4 (15/15) and final course project.
2) Exploratory Data Analysis: Submitted Quiz 2 and Course Project 2.
3) Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures: Programming Mobile Services for Android Handheld Systems: Completed Quiz 1 to 3 and assignment 1 to 4. Unfortunately, wrong version of assignment 1 was submitted for peer-grading; therefore, I don’t expect to get good mark on it. Video lectures of week 4 are downloaded and will watch down when taking shuttle bus from Mei Foo to Hong Kong Science Park.


4) Developing my first AngularJS project. Struggling to make multi-selection checkboxes working in my pet project. TODO item: make translation work at real time. When a button is clicked, labels change to either English or Traditional Chinese depending on user selection.

Week of February 24 to March 2, 2014

1) Playful, Creative App: Statement of Accomplishment issued on March 1, 2014.
2) Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems:  Finished Week 5 lab on March 1 and submitted for autograding. Watched week 6 videos on graphics and animation, touch gesture and multimedia devices.  Week 6 quiz was done today and earned full mark in second try. Week 6 lab will be done sometime this week, so I do not fall behind schedule.

3) Beginning Android Game Programming: Setup development environment and able to run the game in emulator and tablet. Not a single line of code is written in week 1.

4) Published Heritage on the Go/隨時隨地遊古蹟 Android Application to Google Play Store on February 27 and submitted it to HK Data One App Competition.
5) Use third-party library to implement preference fragment in Android Application that supports sdk level 8. https://github.com/kolavar/android-support-v4-preferencefragment
6) Found a cool android library to draw a route between two locations in Google Map. https://github.com/jd-alexander/Google-Directions-Android
6) Install Scrapy, VirtualEnv, VirtualEnvWrapper and IonicFramework in my ubuntu box.

Week of February 4 to February 9, 2014

1) Playful, Creative App: Assignment 3 submitted this morning (Feb 9, 2014). It used quite a lot of concepts covered in wee 6 and 7: ScrollView, LinearLayout, Animation, EditText, TextWatcher, SharedPreference and, save bitmap to public directory and share to friends.
2) Playful, Creative App: I did not realize it is an 8-week until instructor posted week 8 videos and quiz in coursera web page. Sigh!!! One last quiz and peer grading and I can say farewell to this course.
3) Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems:  Week 3 covers Intent and Intent-Filter, Permission and Fragment.  Fragment videos are not watched yet and three labs are waiting for me to complete. The due date is Monday February 17, and I still have a little more than a week to tackle them.  Optimistic is the word I would use to describe the current situation.

4) Working on Heritage on the Go/隨時隨地遊古蹟 Android Application.
a) Fix bug in Google Map.
b) Add “Show All” button to show markers of all monuments in Google Map
c) Use SharedPreference to record last clicked marker in Google Map
d) Implement listener to respond to click event of InfoWindow and display Place fragment
e) Show English website and image if language of the device is English. Otherwise, Chinese website and image are displayed.
f) (Optional) Generate 2-d QR barcode and show the bitmap in imageview. When other device scans the barcode, useful info is shown, for example, web page url and app’s url.

Week of December 23 to December 29, 2013


1) Reactive Programming: Watched week 6 video lectures and submitted assignment 6 that is partially completed.
2) Playful, Creative App: Week 3 videos released. Completed week 1, 2 and 3 quizzes but has not started assignment 1. It looks so simple that I have confidence that I can finish it before due date.


4) Uploaded my first Android app to Google play store.
5) Added English and Simplified Chinese translations.
6) Bug fixing phase entered.
6a)Lock screens to portrait mode so video fragment does not crash when device is in landscape mode.
6b) Albums duplicated when gallery fragment is revisited.

December 1 to December 7, 2013


1) Human Computer Interaction: Completed Quiz 4 and peer grading.
2) Reactive Programming: Watched week 4 video lectures and submitted assignment 4.
3) Reactive Programming: Week5 video lectures released and will start to watch them on Wednesday.
4) Creative, Serious and Playful Science of Android Apps course starts today. Need to follow the instruction to install adt-bundle to my Mac Book Air.


5) Working on MCS Heritage Fiesta 2013 application. Completed Introduction, Gallery and Contact fragments. Outstanding items: 1) Add markers to indicate two bus stops that are near to the school. 6) Add Go back, Go forward and Reload buttons below webview. 3) Study and add YoutubePlayerFragment.

Week of September 9 to 15, 2013


1) Linear and Integer Programming: Watched week 2 video lectures (Simplex Method).
2) Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information: Watched week 2 video lectures (Dublin Core).
3) Introduction to Recommender System: Submitted Written Assignment 1
4) Linear and Integer Programming: Submitted Pivoting Assignment #1. Still need to do Program the Pivot: part 1 and part 2 (Will use Scala to complete the assignment because I need to brush up the language before Reactive Programming course commences in November).
5) Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information: Submitted Homework 2 and earned 15/15 in third attempt (Thanks to the hints from TA and fellow classmates).
6) Introduction to Recommender System: Begin to watch week 2 video lectures.

MongoDB University:

7) M102: MongoDB for DBA – Downloaded Certification of Completion and joined LinkedIn M102 Alumni Group.
8) M101JS: MongoDB for Node JS Developers – Completed Homework 5 (Aggregation).
9) M101J: MongoDB for Java Developers – Completed Final Exam tonight (2013-09-12). Questions will be graded on September 24, 2013 and I aim at 9/10. I am confident of my answers except question 5. I got it wrong in M101P exam and did not bother to watch the answer video. The same question appears again and I have no idea which options to choose.

All MongoDB university courses are great and I hope many people feel the same way I do.


10) Continue to work on my simple Android Application.
— Create an activity to load Fevawork course pages in WebView. The WebView shows progress status during page loading and built-in zoom tool to enable user to resize page. Moreover, the activity listens to backspace and triggers WebView to return to previous page if previous page exists.
— TODO: Load course records from sqlite database and implement operations to add, delete update courses.

Week of September 2 to 8, 2013


1) Dropped Microeconomics Principles due to heavy schedule.
2) Linear and Integer Programming, Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information and Introduction to Recommender Systems start this week. Video lectures are published in course websites but I haven’t had time to watch them yet.
3) Linear and Integer Programming Course: Completed Assignment 1 and Assignment 2 tonight (2013-09-04)
4) MetaData: Completed Homework 1 and scored 15/15 on my third attempt. (2013-09-05)
5) Recommender System: Watched videos of module 1

MongoDB University:

6) M102 Final Exam is graded and final mark is calculated. My final exam mark is 11 out of 12 and final course grade is 96%, good for distinction. Now, I patiently wait for course survey and invitation to LinkedIn M102 Alumi Group.
7) Completed M101J Homework 6 (Application Engineering). They give us Homework 6 of M101P and even the validation script is Python.
8) Completed M101JS Homework 4 (Performance). HW4 of M101P is reused in this course and I am a little disappointed because I expect different questions from the instructor and tutor.


9) Continue to work on my simple Android Application.
– Add 3 tabs and each tab is consisted of a list view and list view item is customized to display image view and text view.
– Add intent to call my mobile phone
– Add intent to send email to my Gmail account.

Week of August 25 to 31, 2013


1) All summer courses ended. Completed two courses and dropped three.
2) Signed up for Principles of Reactive Programming, Programming Handheld Systems with Android and Microeconomics Principles.

MongoDB University:

3) 10gen Education renamed to MongoDB University.
4) Completed M102 Final Exam. It is consisted of eleven questions and took me two days to complete. Exam result will be released on next Tuesday.
5) Completed M101J Homework 5 (Aggregation Framework). It is same as Homework 5 of M101P.
6) Completed M101JS Homework 3 (Implement add new post and new comment functionality). The asynchronous callback concept is unnatural to me to grasp right now. Give me several weeks and I should be comfortable of passing callback function to nodeJS function.


7) Begin Lesson 2 of CS253 Web Development. This week covers HTML controls, Http Request and Response that I have already learnt since 2006. However, Steve still teaches many new things that I did not know beforehand. My objective this weekend is to use Python and Webapp2 framework to write html pages and have them run in local google app engine.


8) Retake lesson 4 of Certificate in Google Android Application Development for Marketing Managers. Able to invoke Google Map API to show my home in Google Map in Marketing Jar.


9) Successfully write an Android Application to display Google Map. It should not be difficult given my Java background. Localize the application to English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.