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Project 1: Basic Message Board Features

Assigned: Thu, Feb 7, 2013
Status Report: Thu, Feb 14, 2013
Due: Thu, Feb 21, 2013—in-class demos

Description

This project is the first step in building a fully-operational message board (similar to something like http://www.tigerfan.com). Your first assignment is to build the basic framework of the message board. You and your group partner should have already chosen an interesting topic for your message board.

Requirements

  • Single forum.
  • User login.
    • Use pre-defined user ID and passwords (no user signups yet). You must create 'mweigle' and 'TA' accounts for grading. You should also create several for your own testing.
  • Users can post messages to the forum.
  • Users can view posted messages.
    • There are no specified requirements on how the posts are made or displayed.

Grading

In-class status report (Feb 15)

  • Binary, either 0 or 3 points.
  • Attendance is mandatory.
  • 3–4 minute presentation per group.
  • Slides or appropriate digital and presentable alternative.
  • Status, problems, solutions, concepts, "to dos".
  • Show us the message board(s) that serves as your design inspiration.
  • Questions for your audience.

In-class demo (Feb 21)

  • Order of the demos will be chosen at random.
  • everyone should be prepared to demo on Feb 21.
    • no code is to be edited after midnight on Feb 21.
  • Demonstrate all of the required features of your system.
  • Show any 'extras' that you have done.
  • Tell us the division of labor (who did what).
  • Demo must use the version available on sainsworth418 – no magic laptops!
  • 5 minutes max – practice your demo ahead of time.
  • Will assign 17 points based on a detailed examination after the class.

Each student will grade the aesthetic appearance of the other groups' message boards

  • Email me a score of 0-3 with the subject line "CS 418/518 Project 1 Eval".
  • Put the scores for all groups in a single email.
  • Each group will receive the average value (rounded up).
  • If you do not send your grades by 11am on Friday Feb 22, you will lose 3 points from your assignment.

Grades should be available within one week

Submission

Recommendations

  • Debug within your group first, then ask for other groups to help debug your operations.
  • Your status report the week before the due date is for your benefit and the benefit of your peers more than for me.

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