TITLE: "No, We're Laughing with You"
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: November 16, 2006 5:28 PM
It seemed an innocent enough question to ask my CS 1 class.
"Do you all know how to make a .zip file?"
My students laughed at me. As near as I could tell,
it was unanimous.
For a brief second I felt old. But it wasn't that long ago
that students in my courses had to be shown how to zip up a
directory, so perhaps their reaction is testimony more to
the inexorable march of technology than to my impending
At least most of them seemed interested when I offered to
show them how to make a .jar file en route to
creating a double-clickable app from their slideshow program.
I may be a dinosaur, but I'm not completely useless to them.