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Advice on choices.txt document

 
Yanick Labelle
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Hi, I have finished the project and I am almost ready to submit it.

I would like you to read the following text and give me your advice:

General considerations

-English language: English is not my main language, in all of the project I have
made all I could to be as clear as possible. I used a spell checking software on the
javadoc, user guide and choices documents to correct the spelling errors. I did
that because it is what I would do in a real project. It is unprofessional
to have project documents with spelling errors. But even with that, there may
be a sentence or two that sounds a bit strange. In a real project I would also
ask the opinion of an english speaker, or use a grammar checking software to
transform some of my sentences. I did not do that for this certification. The
main reasons are: I consider it as work I did not do myself and it is not
permitted, and, at the essay exam, I will not have a grammar checking software
or an english speaker beside me. The main goal of the essay exam is to verify
if it was really me who did the job, by comparing what I said in these documents
with what I said in the exam. If what I say in the essay exam is so much different
from what I said in these documents, because I changed everything by using
external help, I might be accused of stealing someone else's certification
and try to pass the exam.



What I would like to know is: is it right to put it in there, am I allowed
to use a spell checking software (open office), and any other feelings...

Thanks.
 
Eben Hewitt
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Hi Yanick.
I think two things:
1. I do not consider using Open Office's spell checker to be receiving external help that violates the rules of the assignment. After all, we are allowed to use an IDE, and use Ant and JUnit. More importantly, perhaps:

2. Your English is terrific. Better than many native speakers. You employ complex sentence structures, and if you write in the exam as you write in this forum, you should do well.

I think the main point of the essay is to allow them to determine that what you write in the essay regarding what you did on your assignment and why you did it that way matches up with your submission.
 
Yanick Labelle
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Hi, and thanks for the response!

My main concern was, what will they do if I've got spelling mistakes in my essay exam and not in the project. And at the same time, will I loose points
for the documentation and general conciderations if I leave the spelling mistakes? (probably). This is why I wrote that text. Should I leave it there or remove it? What do you think?
 
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Well Sun's own assignment documentation has terrible English. At best it is full of sloppy errors. So it would be 'the pot calling the kettle black' to use an expression!
 
Yanick Labelle
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Or a certain president calling a certain dictator a terrorist...Oups...
 
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I would definitely not leave in spelling mistakes that are known to you.

If there are words that you have a hard time spelling that are specific to your domain or that you have good reason to believe will be a word you'll need to use in your essay answers (perhaps "properties", or "singleton" or whatever), then you could also study how to spell those words before going in.

Give yourself every possible advantage. We may not know how much spelling matters to the grader. What we do know is that bad spelling will not _help_ our scores.
 
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Ok, thanks for your responses, all of the spelling mistakes are already corrected and I will keep the notice in the choices.txt file (see first post).

Sorry but I'm kind of in a state of panic about this certification right now.

I will try to remember that Controller is written "Controller", not "Controler"! Stupid mistake... My class had that name (with one 'l') until I used open office to check spelling!
 
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