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Steven D'Aprano steve at REMOVE-THIS-cybersource.com.au
Mon Oct 29 15:26:49 CET 2007

On Sun, 28 Oct 2007 21:02:02 -0400, Shawn Minisall wrote:

> Thanks a lot for your suggestions.  Unfortunately, a lot of the issues
> brought up were simply the way I was taught by my professor and the way
> she wants things done,having to use a numbered menu as opposed to
> entering r, p or s, being taught just to use one main function for the
> entire program, having to init all variables in the program b4 the
> actual program starts or else points off for each program, while
> statements surrounding every input statement for input validation
> purposes...
> Going beyond those things, would look like someone else wrote my program
> since we didn't talk about or ever cover them in class.

Haven't you heard of "I've been reading ahead from the text book" or 
"I've been reading discussion groups where they talk about good 
programming techniques"?

Besides, you'll probably find your prof will forgive nearly anything if 
you acknowledge it first: plagiarism is considered a worse sin than 
failing to learn anything. Look up this thread on Google Groups, and 
include the URL in your assignment (you might want to give a TinyURL as 
well), and your prof can see for herself that we're not doing your 
homework for you.

(Hey, chances are that she's googling for your name already...)

Unless the assignment explicitly says "DO NOT SPLIT YOUR CODE INTO 
FUNCTIONS", you shouldn't be marked down for writing better code than you 
were asked for.

On the other hand, if the assignment specifies "YOU MUST DO THIS" then 
naturally you must follow the instructions.

* shakes head sadly *

Kids today, more concerned about following instructions than learning...

* half wink * 


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