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Dotnetnuke webcast announcement
LEARNING HOW TO CREATE PORTALS USING DOTNETNUKE Brian Scarbeau Brian.Scarbeau@gmail.com The future of internet applications is based on the creation of portals to deliver web based services. Organizations that have a great deal of information are centralizing their applications by an information portal. More specifically they are solving their problem by creating an Enterprise Information portal to share information on databases over the web using applications that are created with object oriented ......

Posted On Friday, December 30, 2005 4:42 AM

Did you ever need more time when working on the job?
More time is something we always want. More time to read a book, more time on vacation, more time visiting etc. Well, you will get your wish when the clocks strike midnight this New Years eve. Thanks to the earth's rotation and the ocean tides we all will benefit by getting an extra second added to our day. Coordinated Universal Time coincides with winter time in London. On the U.S. East Coast, the extra second occurs just before 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Atomic clocks at that moment will read 23:59:60 ......

Posted On Friday, December 30, 2005 4:29 AM

How are college students learning?
Lois Romano from the Washington Post wrote an article entitled “College graduates' literacy on decline, study says”. What bothers me the most about this article is that the experts don't know why? Some claim its because this generation of students learned to read on a computer and watched too much TV. More importantly is that the assessment of the reading test is not based on English literature but based more on reading labels. For example: The test measures how well adults comprehend ......

Posted On Monday, December 26, 2005 3:12 PM

Spread the word to any girl you know! It's not too late!
What would you do with $1000? To find out, enter the Games 4 Girls game design competition! All you have to do is get together with a few friends and create a computer game that is FUN for middle school or high school girls. Submit your game to the Games 4 Girls contest, and if our panel of high school girls, game design professionals, and UIUC computer science faculty thinks your game is the most FUN (and original and creative and technically interesting) then you and your teammates each win $1000! ......

Posted On Monday, December 19, 2005 1:15 PM

Attracting females into computer science
The Boston Globe website has an article entitled In computer science, a growing gender gap Women shunning a field once seen as welcoming. As a computer science educator and father of two daughters I read these type of articles with great interest and wonder if everyone in this industry does their part to make females feel welcome in their class or at work. Are courses too male oriented that females feel unwelcome and leave? Do they get the same jobs as males or do they get the jobs that males don't ......

Posted On Sunday, December 18, 2005 2:51 AM

Great tool to check web pages
The Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides several features for exploring and understanding Web pages. These features enable you to:-- Explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a Web page.-- Locate and select specific elements on a Web page through a variety of techniques.-- Selectively disable Internet Explorer settings.-- View HTML object class names, ID's, and details such as link paths, tab index values, and access keys.-- Outline tables, table cells, images, or selected tags.-- ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 13, 2005 1:48 PM

Teaching with ASP.NET Days 21-25
The final week of the semester is finally here. This semester has been a good one so far and my web design students have learned a great deal about web design. I hope they continue studying about web design and take my advanced class where we learn about portals and work with dotnentuke. I will be working on web services for this final week. Some of the advanced students will complete all of the lessons in the CurliQue curriculum and some are only three or four lesson behind. I will introduce my ......

Posted On Monday, December 12, 2005 4:33 AM

Did Bill Gates have a messy or clean room as a kid?
If you tuned into the NBC show called Three wishes that was aired on Friday night you would have the answer to my question. The show is about how people send in their wish and the night of this show there was a young man who wanted to be an astronaut so his wish was granted and he went to Huntsville, Alabama for some training. A young woman was granted her wish to be an actress so off to Hollywood she went for acting lessons and a chance to try out for a small acting role which we got. Finally, there ......

Posted On Saturday, December 10, 2005 9:24 AM

Teaching with ASP.NET Days 17-20
The semester is rapidly coming to a close in a couple of weeks. After looking at what’s left to do in the Curlique lessons I will probably eliminate some of the required lessons and have them spend some additional time on web services. The lesson has a good application using Amazon and I also have an application that I created that uses Pig Latin. Udentsstay avehay unfay ithway isthay essonlay. You can go here to translate if you want. On average it takes about a week to cover two lessons. ......

Posted On Saturday, December 3, 2005 4:54 AM

Learning about training simulation with my students
Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) which was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. This convention is not open to the general public and over 250 high school students from Central Florida were invited to attend along with their teacher as chaperones. The last time I attended this event was four years ago and lots of technology has changed as you know in that time period. Some of my students ......

Posted On Thursday, December 1, 2005 9:10 PM

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