Hi code.org Facilitators,
I have a small suggestion for modifications to the Internet Simulator for this lesson. May I request that you eliminate the 8-bit chunk size padding for this lesson OR allow the students to specify the chunk size. The 8-bit chunk size embedded in this version of the simulator suggests to students that the binary protocol they develop should fit in 8-bits or be a multiple of 8-bits. We teach six sections of CS P here and this particular idiosyncrasy was a source of confusion for the students to the point of irritation.
In previous versions of the Internet Simulator in this Unit, students could tweak the chunk size with a slider. Please make this feature available to the students for this version of the Internet Simulator as well.