May 16, 2006

Writing assignments

It sure is nice to write assignments far enough in advance (like, say, a day) that you have the chance to write code snippets to make sure Java works like you expect, and when it doesn't, to research the fix on the net. It means you don't have to send out a complicated-sounding correction after the fact (and these corrections always at least sound complicated, even when they aren't). It means that the workaround that you give can be the Right One, rather than a hastily-cobbled-together hack that'll get the job done for this assignment only and then sit in their directory as a painful reminder of your dereliction of duty. It means that you might even get a chance to teach your students, tangentially, about some other aspect of how network security models work.

It'd be especially nice if I could get myself to do this sort of thing as a rule, rather than as the exception. :P

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men." --Abraham Lincoln

Posted by blahedo at 3:25pm on 16 May 2006
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