||[Sep. 13th, 2008|09:22 pm]
Let the rules state that, when doing a group homework project, the person who bothers to typeset it is the person who gets to have her name listed first.
2008-09-14 03:30 am (UTC)
By that metric...
I should have been the first author on quite a few grant proposals.
It is a good rule, however.
Let the rules further state that every rule can have exceptions.
How's it going?
Why not have everyone typeset part of the homework? All you need is version control and you can all type up different parts in parallel.
At some point, I'll probably have to learn how to set up per-directory access control to my homework repository so that we can do just that. It kind of seemed like overkill for a week-long project, though.
Also, I got the sense that the other person (it's just one other person, with whom I was randomly paired) didn't know how to use LaTeX. It wasn't a requirement for the assignment, but I can't stand not doing it.
Edited at 2008-09-14 09:04 pm (UTC)
Please tell me that the others at least know how to use [La]TeX and were just being lazy by letting you do the work.
It honestly frightens me to see C.S. students not using LaTeX, particularly when they end up using Word to type papers to submit for publication. And the outcome is always so predictable. To quote Peter Jackson's adaptation of the Fellowship, "You have chosen... the way... OF PAIN!" (Admittedly, I know of one guy with a SIGGRAPH paper who miraculously manages to do it all with Word, but he's the exception.)
No, my partner wasn't at all lazy, just unfamiliar with LaTeX. But I hear some older grad students here are organizing a tools-of-the-trade crash course for the new folks, so perhaps a few people can be prevented from choosing the Way of Pain.
I once wrote a proof using Word (or OpenOffice, I guess). Once. It took hours and almost gave me tendonitis, and it still looked awful.