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I was watching the TED session on Scratch after seeing it linked to in the DZone newsletter. I was interested to find out what it was and see if my kids might be interested in playing with it. Of course I also needed to find a new programming language to learn for the year (ok, couldn’t resist a little dry humor). The Scratch programming environment can be downloaded from MIT’s site here if you want to give it a try. Scratch is an interesting little drag-n-drop language that is great for understanding ...
I heard someone mention the other day that they have forgotten more programming languages than most developers have learned and it made me remember all the suggestions to learn a new language every year. I have probably even made this suggestion before. As I thought about it I realized that it isn’t important for it to be a language that your learn, it is just important that you learn something new. Experiment with a new platform, study data theory, join the enemy’s camp and understand their point ...
The last couple of weeks I have been working through some proof of concepts for Windows Phone 7. While working through one exercise I had a flashback. The book I was reading mentioned how you needed to code your application to have the smallest possible memory and and processing speed footprint. Suddenly I was back in high school with my Tandy hand-held computer which had a single line of text screen and a whopping 1K of memory. Talk about limitations. So what else can you learn from developing in ...
I attended the Houston TechFest today, and am now finding it difficult to sleep with all of the new knowledge and relationships filling my mind. I finally decided to get out of bed and put some of my thoughts in writing. The Fest was great. There are a few good reasons to attend an event like this. It's free. You get to meet new people with common interests. Employment opportunities are there if you are looking for them. You almost certainly learn something (if not many things). There are lot's of ...
Technorati Tags: video,help,learning,AJAX So I'm trying to learn the new AJAX stuff in .net 3.5. I've done quite a bit of web development, but the AJAX toolkit kinda skipped me. So I browse out to the getting started section of ASP.NET, hoping to find some documentation with examples on how to use this stuff, and all I find are stupid videos! I hate this trend, and it seems to be increasing. I read very quickly, and can skim documents to find what it is that I want. Skimming a video is next to impossible--you ...
I Support Learning Inc. has some new curriculum that is worth looking at if you are interested in updating your web design class curriculum. I have always been a fan of simulated learning and this product fits into that category. Students are interns for a company called Ingenious Student Labs. As interns, they are given the task of creating a video game for CarbonAde, a company that produces and promotes healthier drink choices. There are 7 Phases of learning that the student will follow. Phase ...