|CIT 591 Using Zip Files and Blackboard
Fall 2002, David Matuszek
Note: We will not be making full use of Blackboard. Do not expect to see web pages, announcements, etc. here. We will post your assignment grades here, but it may take a little while to get around to it.
To turn in an assignment:
To "zip" files is to compress them into one small bundle. Blackboard lets you turn in one file per assignment, so you need to zip all your files up into one file.
Zip your files into one .zip file, using WinZip, FreeZip, Power Archiver, or some similar package. (All of these programs produce the same result.) Give your zipped file some meaningful name. There are some brief instructions below on how to zip files.
Turn in all files related to your project. This includes all
.javafiles, all compiled
.pkhfiles, etc. It's easiest for us if we can just open your project from inside BlueJ. We have a lot of programs to grade; we don't want to have to compile your files before we can use them.
Please do not turn in unrelated files, old versions, etc. Just give us the good stuff.
Next, go to https://courseweb.upenn.edu/index.html and log in using your usual name and password.
Toolsbutton on the left.
Digital Drop Box. (There's a
Manualthat you might look at when you have some free time.)
Send File. If this is the first time you've submitted something,
Send Filemay not work--try it and wait a while (it's pretty slow). If it doesn't work, do this:
Browse...button to select your zip file.
OK. Keep going--you are not done!
Browse:button to locate a file.
Title:field with the assignment name and number, for example,
[your Title] has been sent to the instructor(s), you are done (after you click
OKa couple more times).
Zipping in Linux:
Zipping files is actually much easier in Linux than in other operating systems,
but you have to use the command line. (If there is an icon utility to do it,
I haven't found it yet.) Just
cd into the directory with your files
("directory" is another name for "folder"), and type:
zip myZipFile.zip file_1 file_2 file_3 ... file_N
myZipFile.zip is a name you make up (but use the
file_1 ... file_N are the names of
your files. After you do this,
myZipFile.zip will be the
zipped file you need to submit.
If you have all the files you want to turn in in a single directory, and only those files, you can either:
cdto the directory, and
enter the command
zip myZipFile.zip *
* is Unix's way of saying "all the files"); or
cdto the directory containing the directory of files you want to submit, and
enter the command
zip myZipFile.zip myDirectory
myDirectory is the directory of files you want
If you have WinZip, you probably already know how to use it.
No) unless you want to.
Wizardicon at the far right of the tool bar. If WinZip starts up in WinZip Wizard, don't do anything.
Create a new Zip fileand click
All the labs have a zip utility installed called PowerArchiver. To create a zip file:
Start -> Network Software -> Power Archiver 6.11
File -> New Archive
Addwindow that appears, navigate to the file or folder that you want to add, select it, and click the
There is a utility called FreeZip which is free, extremely fast, and much simpler to use than the others. Download it from http://members.ozemail.com.au/~nulifetv/freezip/ or from any of your favorite software download sites.
To install FreeZip, double-click on the
freezip.exe file and click
Yes to accept the conditions. (You won't find better conditions
anywhere!). FreeZip installs almost instantly.
There is one thing that I found very strange about the way FreeZip
works. To run it, you right-click on a folder and choose Zip. FreeZip then zips
up everything in the folder that you are in (not the one you just clicked
on). For example, suppose you right-click on the folder named
3 and choose
This creates a file named
Free.zip (which you should
rename!). It contains, not just the
Version 3 folder
and its contents, but the entire contents of
To check the contents of your new zip directory, right-click on
it and choose