Having thought more about this (and considering the context of the past couple of days worth of msgs combined with issues plaguing students that I recall) I realized that *sometimes* students are not being lazy but just cannot figure out how to get started. Its like they are given the task of (say) mapping radio tower usage and really don't get the higher-level design part for it and so they come here asking for code. This is still wrong but I think if there was a thread they could post "How do I solve problem X" where X could be a simple data structure to a menu system to larger design problems, we who have solved these things before can give design/architecture hints, none of which involve source code; that would be left to the user. If this higher level of design wisdom was not of value, the whole concept of design patterns would have died out years ago...
I mean no matter how charitably you look at it, there is something seriously wrong with this picture. I was joking with MK about it, noting that most of these kinds of requests come from people with handles like Genius or KodeMasterOfTheUniverse or some such rot...
I apologize to Bubba for causing his observation to be turned into an argument, and I apologize to everyone else for apparently shouting "Fire" in a crowded movie theater.
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Final project time? What!? It's only Winter here... and half way through the academic year!.
Yes, the "I'll show you how it's done" replies that some people seem to insist on giving -- perhaps to prove their "1337ness" frustrate me. As much as the "I can't be bothered learning, give me the codes.". Or the focus being that the programming is the biggest problem, rather than the method for intelligently solving the problem. That's why I think a lot of practical assessments fail, with no SE methodologies students seem to degrade to hacking until an answer comes out -- or ask on a forum such as this.
Vis. obfuscation, the jEssYcAt thing had me in bellowing stitches. WRT my claim "there has been some support for this idea here before" (intentionally sabotaging cut n' pasters) you know I love y'all (blush) but you'll have to live with yerselves on that -- please grow up