TITLE: The End of the End of the Semester AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: April 29, 2005 5:33 PM DESC: Real programs. Compelling examples. My new mantra, even when I fail to live up to the dream. ----- BODY: Something I plan never to say in class again:
If this were a real program...
... because when I say it, it is almost always code for "I haven't bothered to show you a complete and useful program in which this idea (or pattern or construct) actually matters." Usually, the students and I both deserve better. Of course, it's easy for me to say this on the last day of classes before summer break. Let's see how well my resolve holds up in the heat of classes next fall. And for those of you who don't teach university courses, here is what most professors are thinking on the last day of classes before summer break:
Some of us even do the Dance of Joy (courtesy of camp '80s TV show Perfect Strangers). -----