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Jun
24
awarded  Yearling
Feb
21
suggested suggested edit on How to teach pointers to beginners in C?
Feb
20
comment How to teach pointers to beginners in C?
@MichaelT, sorry, I don't see the fundamental difference between this question and plenty of others on the front page right now unless the trigger word is "best." This one could be edited for brevity but it sounds fundamentally the same to me.
Feb
20
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
19
comment How to teach pointers to beginners in C?
@MichaelT, perhaps it is a candidate for migration. At its core, there are questions here that an instructor of these types of students has to answer. I know, I did.
Feb
19
comment How to teach pointers to beginners in C?
@MichaelT, I don't agree that the question is an open net for ideas: the OP asked if you can teach pointers without strings or arrays. That makes the question more concrete. I agree that it should be rewritten to narrow the scope to something more answerable. Metrics are also helpful: e.g., a better technique requires fewer buzzwords / new vocabulary words. I took a swing in that direction; you're welcome to take it from here.
Feb
19
suggested suggested edit on How to teach pointers to beginners in C?
Feb
19
comment How to teach pointers to beginners in C?
I would suggest slimming down this "too broad" question by removing all of the part2 points. Perhaps if you focused on the concept, basic syntax and "what is the best useful basic example?"
Feb
19
revised How to teach pointers to beginners in C?
Decided that I couldn't argue that pointers are more important than equality syntax.
Feb
19
answered How to teach pointers to beginners in C?
Mar
7
comment How do I prove to management that our programmers could work more productively?
I'm with @ChrisPitman - there's no reason why the OP can't apply whatever candidate technique or tool that they want for their own work. No planning? Make a personal plan and execute it. No automated testing? Make some. Last time I went through a similar drill, I'd created my own CruiseControl server with a set of Bob-only unit tests before I started showing anything to other people. It certainly worked for me!
Dec
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awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
17
awarded  Yearling
Nov
27
comment Programming Challenges for a beginner
@Mallow, in addition, many of these courses are on ITunes U: whatever it takes to get the content in front of the student!
Mar
24
awarded  Commentator
Mar
24
comment Is it a waste of time to free resources before I exit a process?
@philfr, that's exactly what I mean. What's worse is when you are the one who converts your old code to general purpose use and you end up with no one to blame but yourself.... I hate that. Stupid me.
Mar
21
comment Is this kind of Design by Contract useless?
Dang - I was going to write the same answer. ;-) I think you should change the phrase "simple enough not to need it" to "trivial." Homework assignments are generally tiny - they don't require the writing of requirements, specs and plans. However, the programmer needs to learn those skills. If they aren't well motivated, that may be a professor problem.
Mar
21
answered Programming Challenges for a beginner
Mar
20
revised How can I justify software testing to management?
typo
Mar
20
answered How can I justify software testing to management?