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7:19pm on Monday, 16th March, 2015:



It was Final-Year Project Presentation Day today, in which students who have hitherto had little connection with the real world (or even the academic world, in some cases) have to dress up smart and show their projects off to visitors from industry. Programs which last week barely compiled were transformed into fully-functioning pieces of software engineering merely by doing the amount of work on them that they were supposed to have had done on them some time ago.

This year's Presentation Day was an unexpected pleasure for me, because one of the external visitors was an old friend from my own undergraduate days, Phill Fox. It must be 20 years since I last saw him — he recommended me to the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate to do exam validation work in Singapore, which I did 3 or 4 times a year until the late 1990s. We must have spent nearly two hours on and off chatting and reminiscing about old times.

Ah, happy days.

I do hope his recommendation to the Head of Department that they stop setting so many Sudoku-solving projects has an effect...

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