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So, students who read the syllabus know that you do plan to compile and test their code. (If your students are like mine, they don't all read the syllabus, but I tell them that these are the rules I plan to enforce, and you probably do something along the same lines.) So she *should* have known.
I guess maybe, just maybe, a person might think "well, I can submit PDF and it will magically be converted" .... It's hard to imagine, though, why anyone would do that. As with my student (who turned in source code in MS Word format), I can only buttume some weird combination of circumstances in which it was easier to send a "prettified" format than the plain-text source code. Unless the person had *written* the code in the "prettified" format and never even tried to compile it. Yipes.
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There have to be. Everytime a new functionality is shipped, there will an incompatibility. Oh, I see. Well...
(The web submission system -- homegrown, or something you got from someone else? I ask because I keep thinking there's probably something that would be more satisfactory than what I currently use, which is a combination of "send me your code by e-mail" and a little nest of shell scripts for processing the result.)
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That's intrinsically the metalanguage, and clbutt of clbuttes 'is it a clbutt?' problem. If love is the...
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