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Unit Testing in Education

In my readings of Extreme Programming, one thing I’m struggling to pick up on is Unit Testing. Mostly, it’s the pain of writing tests for each thing I can imagine goes wrong. Partly it’s an imaginary horror: I think about the full extent of testing all at once. I think about exhaustively testing my program’s […]

The Progress Phallus

My friend Ray runs numerical simulations and wanted to have a decent progress bar for his code. A bit of web searching revealed some code, that takes care of this automatically. However, we thought that an ordinary progress bar is simply too conventional. We should gay it up with some ascii art into a beautiful […]

Documentation for Progress

I’ve noticed in my work recently that documenting my work is one of the most reliable ways of making steady progress. I likely gathered the idea from the internet somewhere, or perhaps from the generous amounts of advice spewed forth from my postdoc. But I do remember, when I was looking up some stuff surrounding […]