Posted: June 21st, 2021
How to Package Programming Projects
The Microsoft Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) organizes the programs you write as “Projects”. A single project usually includes several different types of files. The IDE also stores descriptive information and option settings for each program in the set of files kept in their “Project” folder.
When you are ready to submit your solution to a programming Project, package the folder as a compressed file in “.ZIP” format.
1. Start the process by locating the folder that contains all the files that are associated with your programming Project. Look in the Location you specified when you initially created the Project. It might be something like “C:UsersUserSourceRepos” The folders that contain your programming assignments could be in this folder. In this example, we are packaging the Hello World project.
2. Right click on the Project folder name. In this case, Hello World.
3. Click on the “Send to” choice.
4. Click on the “Compressed (zipped) folder” choice.
5. This is your chance to override the name suggested by the operating system. The naming procedure for Programming Projects is to precede the name of the zipped project file with your first and last initials.
If your name was Joe E. Bagadonutz and you were submitting Project Four, you would rename the zipped file “JBProjectFour.zip”. The compressed file in “.ZIP” format is the file you will submit (upload) using Blackboard.
Your Instructor will unpack the zipped file and run your program to grade your work.
6. In addition to sending your .zip file, send a screenshot of your output. This is a precaution in case your instructor has issues with your project file.
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