W1001 The Wiki
Most likely, you're reading this page in a browser. If so, you've already accessed the wiki! A wiki is a knowledge base, a place where people can go to learn about a variety of topics. What differentiates a wiki from many other sites on the internet is its collaborative approach to editing the contents and structure of the site. Most wikis, including this one, allow willing participants to create an account and contribute to the site. This process enables wikis to grow through the efforts of many diverse individuals, hopefully leading to a better experience for all.
Navigation through this wiki occurs primarily through two means:
- Hyperlinks: Nearly all blue text is a hyperlink. Clicking on the link will take you to the relevant page.
- Search Bar: If you're not certain which page you need you can use the Search Bar at the very top of every wiki page. Entering a search term and then pressing <ENTER> or clicking on the magnifying glass will execute a search and provide you with a list of relevant pages.
This wiki, perhaps in conjunction with a guide, will take you, an explorer, on a journey through a series of experiences in Computer Science. Each experience is contained on a wiki page where the page name begins with Wnnnn, for example, W1001 The Wiki. Entering the page number (W1001) in the search bar will be sufficient to take you to the desired page.
Experiences will generally begin with some background information and then it'll be time for you to get your own feet wet by digging in deeper. There are a few icons that will be helpful to understand:
- In most cases, the case of characters matter. "begin" is different from "Begin" and "BEGIN". Be sure to use the correct case.
- Keys will appear within a keyboard key image. For example, if you are told to press the intent is for you to press the key labeled (or ), not to type the characters R-E-T-U-R-N.
- Key combinations will appear as two adjacent keyboard keys, separated by a hyphen. For example, - means that you should press and hold the key, then press the key, and then release the key.
- There are several different types of assessments and exercises. You'll notice that each experience is identified by the letter "W" followed by four digits, i.e. Wnnnn. Regardless of the type of exercise, the nnnn will always match that of the experience.
- Experiences from the wiki that aren't part of the Merlin Mission Manager (you'll learn about this in experience W1008) will be labeled as Xnnnn
- Excursions from the wiki that aren't part of the Merlin Mission Manager will be labeled as Cnnnn
- Labs and assessments (quizzes and tests) that are part of Merlin Mission Manager will be labeled as Mnnnn
- Reflections in the form of a journal (you'll learn about this in experience W1005) will be labeled as Jnnnn
- Reflections in the form of an essay will be labeled as Ennnn