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Re: [vox] code sleuths needed - cheating suspected
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Re: [vox] code sleuths needed - cheating suspected

i'd like to take off points for no commenting and poor formatting, but
it's hard to when the class is pass/nopass.   i don't have the "playing
field" that a normal A+ - F class does.

but anyway, my experience is that if you force people to comment, you'll
end up with comments like:

   // i is an index variable
   for (i=2; i<10; ++i)
      V[i] = blah(i);

because most people just don't think of anything more interesting to
say.  like:

   // We start i at 2 because of boundary conditions.  V[0] == 0 is a
   // gauge choice and V[1] == 0 is due to spherical symmetry.
   for (i=2; i<10; ++i)
      V[i] = blah(i);

you really can't force people to comment if they don't want to.
otherwise you just get garbage.


you can't really force people to comment.
begin Bob <bob@maccione.com> 
> I sure hope you take credit off for lack of comments and poor formatting.
> My pet peeve is that the people teaching people to code ignore the fact that
> the code should be readable and heavily commented.  True, it's overkill for
> one liner's but once the habit is learned (to not comment) it's really hard
> to break.
> Then, as an employer, I have to baby sit these self-proclaimed code gods who
> think their code is perfect without comments and everyone else is a fool..
> It's been my take (after taking many programming courses) that commenting
> and layout is not on very many professors agenda.  I personally think that
> it's because they've never had to find a bug at 3am in some X year old
> legacy code..
> bobm
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peter Jay Salzman" <p@dirac.org>
> To: <vox@lists.lugod.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 12:36 PM
> Subject: Re: [vox] code sleuths needed - cheating suspected
> > just for the record, i don't want to get anyone in trouble.  i don't
> > plan on making it "official" or anything.  i just don't want to give
> > credit for the homework if it was copied.
> >
> > so i guess maybe it's silly to even worry about it in the first place.
> >
> > pete
> > _______________________________________________
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> > vox@lists.lugod.org
> > http://lists.lugod.org/mailman/listinfo/vox
> >
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