Hey everyone, it’s been a great week for me and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. As I have mentioned in the past couple of updates, I have been taking part in a program that has an opportunity for me to become a Test Analyst for a big company, and as of a couple of days ago I am now all finished with it. This update will mainly be focused on what went on there, but before that I want to touch briefly on the placeholder Jadence sprite, since I had the opportunity to do a couple of hours of work on her today.
As you can see, both of her arms and hands have now been completely filled in, which I believe is probably the most difficult part of any character. Although the hands aren’t done as well as I would have liked them to be, I knew that I’d have to just call them done at some point since I don’t want to spend too long on these sprites, especially with a full time job potentially around the corner.
With that aside, now let’s get into what went on in the 2-week program. As some of you may recall, I was able to attend this program as a result of the STEMLabs program I did in December, where I was tasked with building and programming Lego Mindstorms robots, and the third week of the recent STEMLabs program I was involved in where I was tasked with a bit of website testing and working with Apple’s Shortcuts app. From the recent STEMLabs program six candidates were selected to go into this special 2-week program working in a company’s facilities, and three would be selected to fill Test Analyst positions in the company after the program.
Since the program was a collaboration between the company and the people behind the STEMLabs program, we were mainly working with the Lego Mindstorms robots again, except this time we were split into three groups and given our own part of a supply chain, which we would swap with each other throughout the week and a bit we had to work on it. Me and my partner were assigned to the Delivery segment of the supply chain, then we took over the Warehousing section with the goal of completing what they had started and/or improving upon what they had already done while one of the other groups was to do the same with ours, and then we moved onto the Dispatch segment while the other groups moved onto their next segments respectively. The goal at the end was to have a mini supply chain where each group’s robots would work with each other with as little human intervention as possible. In the end we were able to finish it, although there were a couple of points where we had to nudge the “packages” a bit so that the robots could pick them up.
Throughout the two weeks we had a lot of the company staff popping in, interested to see what we were doing, and a few giving presentations on what their roles were and how they fit into the company, it was very interesting to learn about some of the things you generally wouldn’t think of with a supply chain (one of the main functions of the company, as you can probably gather by now).
For most of the second week we were tasked with setting up automated testing with an application called UFT, where we set up the application to run repetitive tasks, one of which being making an account and booking a flight on a website with different data in each iteration (for example, Person A would make an account with their own name and details then book a flight, Person B would make an account with their own name and details then book a different flight, etc.) It was a very cool exercise, and I look forward to more of it if I do make it through.
There were a couple of the company staff that spent most of the 2 weeks sitting in on the program and observing our progress, and they seemed to be very impressed with how we went and said they’d be aiming to let us all know whether or not we made the cut by the end of the upcoming week so if I do know by then you will all be definitely hearing about it. If I am successful I will be starting sometime in April so I’m very excited to find out.
Anyway that’s all I have to share for this week, see you all in next week’s update and thanks for following the development of King of Shadows.