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Mon, May 09, 2005

Today's Project Meeting
Click here for today's milestone. If you're having trouble thinking of tests to perform, click here for some pretty good suggestions.

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Mon, May 02, 2005

Software Milestone Exercise
Click here for today's Lab Exercise.

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Mon, Apr 25, 2005

Today's Lab Exercises
Click here for the Function Point Estimation Exercise and here for details about today's project meeting.

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Mon, Apr 18, 2005

Lab Exercises
Click here for the Code Coverage Testing exercise and here for notes on the next project meeting.

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Mon, Apr 11, 2005

Lab Exercises
Click here for the Unit Testing Exercise and here for the project meeting agenda.

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Mon, Apr 04, 2005

Schedule Change
Please note that I've rearranged the Course Outline slightly. We will spend the entire week on metrics, covering Chapters 15 and 22, returning to Chapter 21 next week.

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Lab Session
Click here for today's Refactoring Exercise and here for the project meeting agenda.

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Tue, Mar 22, 2005

Quotes from Dijkstra and Knuth
Thought you might like these. Edsger Dijkstra, from How do we tell truths that might hurt?

The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offence.
And Donald Knuth, from an interview in Dr. Dobb's Journal
DDJ: You've mentioned Edsger Dijkstra. What do you think of his work?

DK: His great strength is that he is uncompromising. It would make him physically ill to think of programming in C++.

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Mon, Mar 21, 2005

Today's Lab
Click here for the Cohesion and Coupling Exercise and here for the next project milestone.

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Fri, Mar 18, 2005

Tufte on PowerPoint
Here's a copy of Edward Tufte's Wired article Why PowerPoint is Evil.

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Wed, Mar 16, 2005

The UNIX-HATERS Handbook
For an extended meditation on the usability (or, more properly, the lack of usability) of UNIX, see The UNIX-HATERS Handbook. Don't get too carried away by the rhetoric -- note that the contributors include Simson Garfinkel and Dennis Ritchie, neither of whom is particularly anti-UNIX (Ritchie being one of the co-inventors of both UNIX and C). But it's fun to read.

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Mon, Mar 14, 2005

Firefox Extensions
For the team considering writing a Firefox extension, take a look at the book Rapid Application Development with Mozilla, available as a PDF download here

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S5 Presentation Format
The HTML/CSS/JavaScript presentation format I mentioned in class is S5: A Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System. I used it for my last presentation at UUASC.

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Exercise and Project Meeting
Click here for the Data-Flow Diagram Exercise and here for details of the first Project Meeting.

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Sun, Mar 06, 2005

Just in case you were wondering
Why Software Engineering is not B.S.

Click here for Monday's Lab Exercises.

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Mon, Feb 28, 2005

Class Diagram And Use-Case Exercises
Click here for today's Lab Exercises.

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Mon, Feb 14, 2005

Lab Session
The Design Patterns Exercise is available.

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Mon, Feb 07, 2005

Lab Session
Design Exercises 2 and 3 are available.

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Tue, Feb 01, 2005

Grading Policy Update
I've made a decision on grading for this semester:

Grades will be assigned on the usual 90%-80%-70% scale, i.e. without plus or minus grades.
The syllabus has been updated to reflect this policy. My apologies for not including this information initially; I'd completely forgotten until it came up in class.

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Mon, Jan 31, 2005

CpSc 461, Software Engineering Techniques
Click here for the syllabus, outline, and other resources.

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