TITLE: It Pays To Be Specific AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: January 03, 2011 3:33 PM DESC: ----- BODY: While grading last month, one of my colleagues sent me a note:
A student handed in the last assembly language assignment. It was very well done. Very professional. One tiny problem: it was in IBM PC assembly, not the IBM mainframe assembly that I have been teaching. I guess it's always good to be specific when you order programming online.
This was funny and sad at the same time. Much has been made in the last couple of months of paper-writing for hire, and we in CS have been talking about the problem of seeking out solutions on-line, even custom-written programs, for a while now. But we seem to be entering a new world of programming for hire. It creates pragmatic challenges for instructors on top of what is already a challenging enough task. -----