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Saheed Adepoju
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Hi
I was wondering when is it good to start writing the choice.txt!I just got my assignment 3 days ago! What tenses do one use while writing the text and some other considerations!Thanks all!
 
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Hi Saheed,

Start writing now

Seriously - if you write your choices document as you are working on your assignment then you will find the job much easier than trying to remember what choices you made and why you made them at the end of the project.

For example, you might choose today to use a RandomAccessFile instead of DataInputStream and DataOutputStream classes. But if you wait until you have completed the assignment you might have forgotten that you even considered using the DataInputStream and DataOutputStream classes; or if you do remember that you had those choices, you might forget why you chose them.

As for tense and grammer - if they are worrying you, write your document as bullet points. Something like:
  • JTable instead of JTree
  • Specified in instructions

  • Is going to take up far less space, and is going to be easier to write than "I chose to use a JTable instead of a JTree because the instructions said that I must use a JTable, and passing is something that I consider worthwhile"

    (Sorry for the silly choice example by the way )

    Oh - and if it matters, you can see that I have used past tense - from the perspective of the assessor, you will have completed your assignment, so the choices will have happened in the past.

    Regards, Andrew
     
    Saheed Adepoju
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    Thanks a lot, i guess i would start writing mine immediately! Thanks alot!
    One more thing: What do i use in writing it, Notepad, wordpad! ! An insight would be appreciated! Thanks
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    Andrew Monkhouse
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    Hi Saheed,

    You can write it using any editor you like. Just make sure you save it in the format required by your instructions.

    Regards, Andrew
     
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