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From: Arran S.
Date: Thu 1st Apr 2021, 2:03pm
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"Jevon Ang" <23*8*6*[email protected]*u*e*t*u*a*e*u*a*> wrote:

> Apologies if this has already been announced elsewhere, but I was wondering when we would receive the task in relation to assignment 1?

Hi Jevon -

Apologies for the delay - assignment 1 is not released yet.

I expect to release it over the long weekend, but will extend the deadline so there's still time to work on it.

The reason for the delay is: we want to make sure everyone has access to a consistent environment in which to run their submissions - not just 
"Ubuntu 20.04", since people might have installed Ubuntu 20.04 in different ways, and thus have slightly different versions of commands, but an 
*exact* "test environment" that everybody can use, and know that that's the environment their scripts will be tested and marked in.

In previous years, a difficulty has been that some people have installed Ubuntu 20.04 on their Windows laptops using WSL, others have been using 
VirtualBox or Parallels on the Mac - and although these are all still Ubuntu and Linux, they often have slightly different commands and packages 
installed. So a student might think "My assignment works fine, because it ran using Bash on my Windows laptop", and yet the markers may have 
slightly different versions of commands, leading to the submitted script not producing the same results.

So, I am still ensuring that the test environment works OK. But even if it's not quite ready by the start of next week (i.e. Tuesday), I'll 
still release the assignment, so at least people can start working on it.

cheers

Arran

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