Wednesday, January 19, 2005

A webcomic I enjoy, "Something Positive"

Some of you may have read it before or even read it regularly, but I have to give the nod to Something Positive. If you have the time start at the beginning of the archives and read through the mean spirited, geek-centric humor. Sometimes it's dark, sometimes it just "brings teh funny" and my favorite is when there is just a good dirty joke. That along with a viable story line and some fun shorter story archs make it a good read.

The author lives off of merchandise purchases and donations. He got his living expenses donated by readers in advance far enough to quit his day job and draw the comic exclusively. If you enjoy it consider buying something or sending a few bucks via the PayPal donate button.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

17% off for 1 wrong bit?

I've nearly completed my first week of my first class of the year. On Monday I turned in my first assignment, an SQL script that creates 2 tables and populates them with some data. The first table is supposed to use the primary key in the second as a foreign key for a field in the first. (Don't worry if that went over your head, it's not completely relevant.)

I forgot to put the constraint that the field in table 1 references the key in table 2. A single omission in several pages of work. The assignment was worth 12 points and the instructor deducted 2 full points for that omission. That's 16.7% for a single word missed. And if it broke things and nothign worked I could understand. But, everything worked fine, there was just no link between the two fields to enforce data integrity. I was a bit miffed, but wrote back questioning the grade and if I could make up some of the lost points by submitting a revised assignment with the error corrected. We'll see how that goes...