What Came Before
The following instructions assume that you have chosen a lab or a project to work on. You
may have it done or may have simply read through the discussion and sample
run/notes. Either way, you are ready to collect the requisite information
together in a common place: the info file.
Let's Do THIS!
What's In There?
An info file needs to collect several pieces of information about the
- Programmer's Name.
You do know who you are, right? Well, make sure everyone —
especially me! — knows you wrote this program!
- Class for which Program Was Written.
The format should be: CSC000-000. Just fill in the numbers with your
class and section so I know where to record your final grade or which
class to bring it back to with the corrections.
- Program Title & Type.
You need to tell me what program it is (the title I gave the program is
best, but your own version will often do fine, too). It is also helpful
if you tell me if it was a lab or a project (you'll notice that many times
they are quite similar except in the details of how they are coded).
- Levels Attempted.
If you don't tell me all the levels that you've legitimately tried
(options too!), I'll be forced to assume it was worth only one level and only give you credit for that
- Program Description.
Explain to me in your own words what your program does. Think of this as
a short paragraph that a user might use to decide whether it was worth
their time to download your program or not (like the ones on download.com). Do
NOT simply copy part of the program assignment text. If
you can't explain what the program is meant to do in your own words, you
probably didn't/won't do a very good job programming it.
- Extra Credit?
If you want the program to be placed in for extra credit instead of
regular portfolio credit, mark that somehow, too. (If you can do this in
blue ink or high-light it somehow, that would be very
What's It Look Like?
You can actually arrange the info file's information any way you like.
However, several guiding samples are provided on the web site in these how-to pages and in the 121
examples directories (especially under basics).
Putting It All Together
Ideally you'll put together the info file on your Unix account with your
program. Saving it is easy, the info file for 'hello.C' would most
likely be saved as 'hello.info', for instance. Remember to cat this file
first (right after the pwd) in your script!
Some people like to put the info file's content at the top of their main
program as a block comment. This is a bad idea since we'll soon be writing
programs that consist of 3 or more files. Typically in such a program, the
main program file is 'cat' last and so it may be several pages before the
info 'file' is seen! Making it a separate file ensures that it can easily
be cat first and not get hidden/lost in the script.