[opensource] CSE 560 advice

Drew Yates yates at cse.ohio-state.edu
Fri May 19 14:25:01 EDT 2006

The reason people think 560 is so hard is because it's the first class where
you're actually accountable to produce a working, non-trivial application.
The VAST majority of other comp sci undergrad classes are simply "memorize
this bullshit powerpoint slide full of TLA (three letter acronyms)." 560 is
that, too, but also the projects.

If you are afraid of 560, you need to seriously reconsider a different
major. In "real life," nobody gives a shit if you took good notes on every
bullshit powerpoint lecture. The only thing that matters is "can you
perform." If the answer is no, then DEFINITELY take 560 with the attitude to
make that answer "FUCK YES" or drop out of comp sci. You will be doing
yourself a favor either way. It's your decision.

For your documentation, use LaTeX. If you do not know what that is, get on
Google and find out.

Also, anyone in your group that is "not programming savvy" and isn't
voraciously trying to learn/catch up will pull you down. Fuck them. Assume
that you are personally accountable for every line of code... because you
are. And act that way. This is a totally doable project, and anyother
attitude is wrong on your part.


"The intellect of man is forced to choose perfection of the life, or of the
work, and if it take the second must refuse a heavenly mansion, raging in
the dark."
--William Butler Yeats
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