1. In my instructions there were no information if it should be zipped or unzipped file. But I am highly convinced that it should be the unzipped form (just *.db file) which I used to send my assignment.
2. Does your instructions point that you can use Microsoft Word document? I assume you are talking about chocices.txt file. Mine instructions (received from Oracle) were quite clear about that:
A file called choices.txt that containing pure ASCII (not a word processor format) text describing the significant design choices you made.
Microsoft Word is a text processor. You are allowed to use text editor (which creates just simple text file).
If you are not talking about choices.txt file but rather about userguide, the story is no different:
User documentation for the database server and the gui client (...) you must provide either a single plain ASCII (not word processor format) text document, which must be called userguide.txt, or multiple HTML files which must all be accessible from a starting point document that must be called userguide.html.
Does your instructions points similar requirements?
In what format should the database file be included in the submission package i.e shoud it be in zipped format (which is the way I downloaded it) or should it be in extracted format?
Champ, the instructions give you the layout of the final .jar file that will include everything. In my case, I just included the .db file in the root of my .jar file. Along with it in the root of the file, there was runme.jar and version.txt.
Secondly, I'm thinking of including the assignment instructions as a Microsoft word document (i.e. .docx)? Is there anything wrong with this?
Why would you do that, champ? Just keep the instructions as you received them.
@Roberto yea the instructions said 'database file' and not database zip. I just thought I should ask that question because the database was contained in a zipped folder when I downloaded it but I guess it makes more sense to include the database file.
About the instructions, I copied it from the web page into a word document and that's why I got confused about whether to include the Word document I've been reading it from. I'll just included it as plain text.
I understood that the assignment used to have an instructions.html contained in the jar/zip file.
This is not the case anymore? Can someone clear this up (who recently started the assignment)? I'm planning to dowload my assignment somewhere within a week from now.
I've added the assignment.pdf file (printed the HTML page to a PDF) and justified this in choices.txt.
I guess the justification is not mandatory, but just wanted to be 100% I won't fail because of some stupid thing like that :-)