Questions tagged [exercises]

Questions related to programming exercises that are meant to increase students' skills. Use this tag to ask questions about exercises related to a specific skill or skill-set.

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Exercise or example to reinforce idea of functions?

I have a group of students with a very shaky understanding of functions and their purpose (encapsulation, reuse, modularization). The assignments I give them require them to write simple functions ...
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Should I Provide Answers To Exercises?

I'm preparing some exercises to introduce software developers who have no experience with Scheme to the language. Part of the exercises are simple things like: ...
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What are good class exercises on design patterns?

When I teach a programming course, I like to spend 10-20 minutes in each lesson on some programming exercises that the students do in class. This lets me see whether the students understand the ...
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A meaningful exercise that requires using a destructor

I am teaching destructors in C++ and would like to give the students an interesting homework exercise that requires them to build a class with destructor. In previous years, the homework were ...
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Excel macro recorder exercises

On advanced Excel courses I teach attendees how to use the macro recorder. I also start VBA beginner trainings with the recorder and analysing the recorded code. I find the macro recorder a good entry ...
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Lambda expressions exercises and practice

While lambda expressions in java 8 are really cool in action, the school curriculum offers no exercises in this. So essentially, students never actually learn how to use lambda expressions and the ...
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Basic OOP practice exercises for inheritance and polymorphism

After teaching inheritance and implementation (implements vs extends in Java) and overriding methods and basic OOP (classes and ...
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Best Practices for introductory teaching

Literature states that there are particularly difficult issues with introducing programming, and that many of the issues are still not well understood. But some results indicate that these are some ...
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Small to medium scale exercises about Haskell's higher abstractions

Short version: Where can I find highly varying, small or medium-sized exercises and examples on the use, identification and instance declaration of Haskell's abstractions such as applicatives, monads, ...
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Is it worth to learn to make a MD5-hash cracker?

I found a puzzling site where one puzzle was to find a string whose MD5-hash is given. Is such a puzzles good for learning? I mean, I believe that hash might be cracked by using enough computing ...
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Using questions from a code-competition website in homework and exams

There are various websites like codewars that present programming challenges in various languages and difficulty levels. I looked at some of their challenges and they seem to be more creative than me ...
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Genetic Algorithm enrichment lesson

As a special lesson, I would like to show students the very basic idea of genetic\evolutionary algorithms. I let them play a bit in a genetic algorithm online game, to get the idea. Then I teach them ...
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Which are common misconceptions about code execution? How to efficiently debug my student?

I may tutor a student who just started learning "school C", by which I mean that strange kind of C seen only on school books (and that in my opinion "cripples the mind", so to say, but I digress). I ...
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How can I teach the students a package/module in a computer lab?

I will be teaching a course to college students in their 3rd year in college study. So far, they have taken only one programming course in MATLAB. We have a package, i.e., is a set of functions, ...
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What makes a good explanation? [closed]

I'm thinking of studying, "What makes a good explanation?" in the context of introductory computer science problems. I'm wondering if there's any pre-existing dataset containing introductory ...
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Spring core exercices

I'm actually studying (free studying using online books) to pass the Pivotal Spring core certification and i need some exercices (online or pdf) to practice in order to master the framework as well, ...