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Icon   karabasf Rocking at the DLR for his Master Control and Simulation at Aerospace Engineering

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  1. In Topic: Am I visually/spatially gifted?

    Posted 1 Nov 2012

    View PostCP3, on 01 November 2012 - 01:58 AM, said:


    Don't be a pilot or aeronautical engineer unless you really want to. Stick with programming or whatever else you like. Get a software Engineering degree from a reputable school and you'll be set.

    This. Not only does a pilot training cost you a lot of money, it also has a large financial risk these days. Failing to meet the required flying hours will get your license revoked and considering the fact that not a lot of airliners (maybe Emirates is still searching though) are hiring pilots at this moment.
    And furthermore, as far as I know (considering that you want to be an airliner pilot instead of those small ones), the selection criteria are more than just "being spatially gifted". You need to pass psychological test, have a proper hand-eye coordination, be able to work in a team and so on.

    As for the aerospace engineering part (I myself am a second year master student in Control and Simulation at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering with a bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering), you need far more than just "spatial and visual" insight. I am not sure WHAT your vision is on aerospace engineering, but I can say for sure it is MORE than just designing/building planes. And no, you will NOT become an astronaut nor a pilot when doing aerospace engineering (got this question billion times when I explain what I study).

    If you are looking forward to:
    • Aerodynamics (e.g. CFD) with thermodynamics and abstract math
    • Bookkeeping work as a preliminary design method when designing a new airplane
    • Signal analysis and a whole bunch of calculus
    • Flight and orbital Dynamics and mechanics
    • Flight operations and traffic control systems
    • Material science and structural analysis

    If you say yes to all of them, then consider a study of aerospace engineering (or mechanical engineering) as these courses are all given during the Bachelor (at least that was the case for me) and then you start to specialise in the thing you want. For me it was (Aircraft) control and simulation.
  2. In Topic: How you guys approach a problem then design and code it?

    Posted 1 Nov 2012

    It depends on how you view your problem. Is it more related to the coding language and mismatch of understanding the basics? If yes, read more in the basics and recap them.
    Next to that, try to understand error messages and trace them back. Don't be afraid to place breakpoints or to go step by step over your code. Effective and proper debugging has been and will always be a life saver in writing software.

    But on the other hand, if the problem is more related to software design in general (e.g. you get a big assignment and you have to solve it) the problem differs, as this will be more related to software design itself (and starting software projects from scratch). What helps in this situation (encountered several of them) is to plan beforehand. Determine what you need and how you want to do it. Just brainstorm first and move items around till you're more or less satisfied with it. (One of the reasons why I love whiteboards and post-its)
    Although I know it is not always possible with (University) assignments, planning and dissecting your problem is way more effective than jamming in code directly. Of course, this does not necessarily mean that your code will be flawless in the beginning, but this workflow gives at least some insight in the problem itself.

    And finally, what always helps is just taking a walk (or doing something else than staring at your screen). Most of the time I get an "eureka" moment after a one hour walk. (especially when I get stuck)

    Hope this helps you out ;)
  3. In Topic: Advice on compilation Errors

    Posted 1 Nov 2012

    First of all, welcome on DIC. Second, you should post code in [ code] <your code> [ /code] tags (without the spaces) to make it more clear.

    Anyways, the problem is:
    DecimalFormat = moneyAmount = new DecimalFormat( "$#0.00" );

    DecimalFormat is a Class, while moneyAmount is a variable of the type DecimalFormat. (Just think of how you would initialize a double, it is the same principle). Change all the lines which look like DecimalFormat = moneyAmount = new DecimalFormat( "$#0.00" ); this to:

    DecimalFormat moneyAmount = new DecimalFormat( "$#0.00" );

    This should help you out ;)
  4. In Topic: I think I got my String wrong

    Posted 31 Oct 2012

    Please show your updated code, now it is just rather guessing where the problem actually lies. ;)
  5. In Topic: I think I got my String wrong

    Posted 31 Oct 2012

    I think it should be:

    int scifibook = Int.parseInt(scifibookString);
    //Should be
    int scifibook = Integer.parseInt(scifibookString);


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    raghav.naganathan Icon

    19 Oct 2012 - 01:32
    Hello :)
    Thank you for correcting me and making me learn something new today :)
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    KloqKlap Icon

    29 Apr 2012 - 14:32
    gj maan
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    GregBrannon Icon

    06 Apr 2012 - 05:51
    Nice to meet you. Your increased activity is certainly welcome and helpful. Best of luck with your studies and whatever comes next.
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