Moderation in All Things

I've been marking first year programs for the last couple of days. We had the code demonstrated at the end of last year, and I'm going through all the submissions moderating marks from the various assessors and marking any that we didn't get a chance to see. Some of these folks have only been learning programming for a few weeks and yet they are producing results that hit the spec., which is great.

It is funny how I can see all the mistakes that I made when I was learning to program coming round again. Things like using block copy to repeat code rather than loops or methods. Adding complication when you should really be simplifying the code and fixating on things that aren't actually important but seem to be at the time.

I was going to spend a couple of lectures going through my "perfect solution" to the problem, but then having seen the submissions I've realised that there is no perfect solution (just like real programming) and so I think I'll spend the time putting sensible behaviours into the context of the program they were building.

I'm really looking forward to next semester.