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Summer 2006 Milestone 4

DUE: Wednesday July 12th (7/12) (according to class schedule)

After Milestone 3, your Digital Logic Workbench should be working. In this milestone, you will polish it, extend it a bit, and present it to others.

Polish It

For Milestone 3, we didn't care how great everything looked or how smoothly it worked. For this milestone, we will. Polish your design. Your workbench should be a useable, good-looking application at the end of this one. It should be something that you would feel comfortable having someone create digital logic circuits with. It should be easy to create and organize simple circuits. You should be able to move gates around and not have them lose their connections.

Extend It

We also ask that you add one more feature to your workbench, at your discretion. You can either implement one of the features below or pick your own. If you want to implement your own, you do have to get it approved by the instructor by Friday, July 7th.

Present It

One of the most important skills you need as a computer scientist is being able to present your work to others. So, we want you to practice that skill here. We have reserved the Baird Lab, room 107A, on July 14 (Friday) during class time. On that day, you will present your work to your fellow students, the instructors, and the TA. Impress us! To help you do that, you should create an interesting demonstration for us to view. You may want to have an already working circuit available to show to others, rather than building something new. Try to make your example compelling. It doesn't have to show off all your features, but it should be interesting. One good approach is to give a demonstration of the system as your ideal user should use the system. By the end of your demonstration, we should have a good sense of who could use your system and how they would use it.

You should be able to talk about your project. What did you do well? How did you implement that? One of the critical rules to presenting is to focus on your audience. In this case, those are your fellow students. They've worked on the same project for some time and they've probably made some quite different design choices from your group. So, they might actually be interested in what you did in order to compare it to what they did.

Critique It

During the presentation time, you will be given review forms to fill out for three other teams. These forms will be collected at the end of the period and given to the groups the following week (anonymously). 10 percent of your Milestone 4 grade will be based on completing your reviews. Since each person has to complete these reviews, it is important that more than one person is able to run your demo, so that every team member has time to do reviews. It is required that you present for the entire period, so that others have the opportunity to review your project.

Check List of Things to Complete

  1. Turn in your code here.
  2. Update your UML Class Diagrams, CRC Cards / Scenarios, and User Description and turn them in (in class).
  3. Be sure to attend the presentation and review three other presentations.

Grading Criteria

Post questions to the newsgroup.

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