This is the continuation of Essay 1.
The task is the same: to evaluate an ``obscure'' language.
You must use the same programming language that you chose
earlier. You are still required to turn in a one-page
evaluation. Your grade for this assignment is based on your
second (i.e., this) essay. You may of course decide that your
first essay was sufficient, and turn it in again unchanged,
because the parameters of the exercise haven't changed.
A few content guidelines:
- The quality of writing does matter. Pay attention to
low-level details such as spelling and punctuation, mid-level
details such as colloquial and passive speech, and high-level
details such as organization. If you include an example,
explain it and justify its inclusion.
- You will be evaluated for the quality of your technical
assessment. Be particularly cautious in your choice of
- Write a technical document don't transcribe an
informal chat. Beware of loose or vague statements. You may
of course express opinions, but be sure to carefully delineate
and justify them.
As before, assume your target audience is a fellow computer
programmer at a software company who has asked you to evaluate
the language you chose.
Your final essay is due by 2am on 2000-11-22. We will not
accept any late submissions. Here are two presentation
- Write what you would consider one page of technical
content. Your line-spacing or headers may make the document
longer than one physical page; that's okay. Note that the
size excludes large figures, the bibliography, and other
- Usual standards of academic honesty apply; if you use
material from the Web, cite it! (And be sure it's trustworthy
...) Don't quote large segments of text or code from a Web
site or other source as a surrogate for doing your own
- This is a scholarly work. Use standard bibliographic
citation conventions. Scribbling in a Web site's URL by hand
as an afterthought is not acceptable.
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