My Dell Vostro gave up the ghost a couple of days before the Software Development module was about to start. I tried the first day of the course without a laptop, but it wasn’t really working out so I bit the bullet and bought a new machine. I’ve only had it a couple of days, but so far I’m very happy with my new purchase. I’ll probably do a review after I’ve had it for long enough to judge, but here’s a photo of the new kit at the side of the old kit.
As for the course itself, day two brought in patterns to help understand the problem domain and patterns to help design at a higher level than software implementation, as defined by IBM.
The coursework requirements were also laid out.
15% will be a solution for a set of requirements, resulting in a object-oriented design for an electronics store. To be completed individually, assessment consists of UML Class diagrams in a 4-page report explaining how the classes solve the problems.
35% will be a 4-person team project, analysing a real e-business solution. Assessment will be a 15-page report, and includes team management aspects.
The other 50% will be assessed by exam around June.