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Daniel Forhan Computer Science Teacher and Java Programmer October 2005 Entries
What's with the Modifiers?
Each year that I have taught Java or AP Computer Science I have found my that students tend to get confused with the proper use of modifiers when designing classes. Partly from a misunderstanding of what the modifiers mean, and partly because they haven't really developed a strong conception what the whole OOP paradigm is all about. So here is a brief explanation that I give to my students, starting with a few definitions. This usually helps to clear this matter up a bit. Modifiers: public- Can be ......

Posted On Monday, October 31, 2005 5:45 AM

SPM LAN Party
Students in my AP CS class decided that it would be fun to test out their TCP/IP knowledge by setting up a mini- LAN in one of our old computer rooms. They planned out the whole thing during after school meetings with our Computer Club. Yesterday (yes Sunday) each student brought in their own computer systems to school, and they linked them together. They decided that it would be kind of boring to just do simple file sharing to test their LAN so they set up a “Counter-Strike” match. It ......

Posted On Monday, October 24, 2005 11:27 AM

Welcome
Hello, welcome to my new Blog! - Just dropping in to introduce myself. My name is Daniel Forhan and I am a new member of Microsoft’s K-12 Faculty Advisory Board. I have been a certified teacher now for over 15 years and in that time I have taught many different computer languages such as Pascal, Basic, C, C++, and now Java. During my teaching career I have also taught many science classes such as chemistry. In the mid 90's I discovered the Java programming language and was immediately drawn ......

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 4:08 PM

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