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Job Description: As a member of the IT Applications Development and Support team, the successful candidate will: · Work with a team to develop modules, reports and processes within SolArc’s RightAngle architecture · The candidate should have a good working knowledge of Right Angle IV · Interact with accounting and back office personnel to define and document their system and information requirements · Perform business and technical analysis and design of business requirements and generate functional ...
If you are concerned about your child's future employment, then check out this information: Computer Jobs Hit Record High CIO Insight (07/07/08) Chabrow, Eric U.S. information technology employment is approaching an all-time high as nearly 4 million workers are now employed in IT-related jobs, according to a CIO Insight analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The IT unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point last quarter to reach 2.3 percent, but it is still near historic ...
At the Marriott Hotel in San Antonio, TX, there were close to 200 teachers from across the world attending the annual Computer Science Teachers Association Symposium. I have been fortunate to attend this event in the past as an attendee and as a speaker and I always look forward to it every year. I enjoy meeting new teachers and talking to them about what they are doing in the class. I also enjoy seeing old friends and the opportunity to learn something new at this event. My presentation was on Web ...
On Saturday, I'll be speaking to a group of teachers about how I use the open source portal DotNetNuke in my class. The event takes place in San Antonio and is sponsored by the Computer Science Teachers Association. The Computer Science & Information Technology Symposium provides professional development opportunities for high school and middle school computer science and computer applications teachers who need practical, relevant information to help them prepare their students for the future. ...
Agility Starts With Sales How many of us have had a sales rep sell us something we didn't need as a solution for a problem we needed solved and solved well. Everybody? That's what I thought. Often times, we as consumers get sold things that unnecessarily do more than just meet our basic need. Other times, we get told a product can do something when it can't. We want marketing to be enthusiastic about our software, but there are limits to everything. Better make sure marketing has actually used the ...
As the creative and interactive staff in my company are under my dictatorship... errrr care, I have had the opportunity to expand my understanding of what makes a great application in ways computer science can't teach you. I ran across a thought provoking article on A List Apart, that although targeted towards designers, could be generalized to any profession: http://www.alistapart.com/a... "Except for personal projects, self-expression has no place in design, but constraint is vital ...
Hello World!!! (again; I have a Myspace blog somewhere, along with an old unmaintained LiveJournal. Interested? It is political in nature, and the Livejournal I have is from an old position I took on a lot of things: positions I would never dare think now. Let me know if you want a link.) So I start another blog, on another server, someplace on the vast universe of the World Wide Web. What for? First, a bit about me. My name is Joeseph Smith. You may be saying, "Oh no, not another one!" Actually, ...
The theme of this year’s Imagine Cup is "Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment." It had been a great honorary for me to take part as one the Judges of the 2008 Imagine Cup Australia. All the teams worked real hard and came up with breathtaking solutions. The interesting part was solutions were built on top of cutting edge technologies technologies ie. Silverlight, Virtual Earth, LINQ, ASP.NET 3.5, WCF, .NET 3.5 and SQL2005. The Project SOAK is announced the winner of ...
Nearly 400 U.S. colleges and universities, including MIT and Carnegie Mellon, now offer formal training in game development, ranging from elective courses to full degree programs. The increasing complexity of computers and game systems requires teams of dozens of artists, producers, and programmers to create a game. "Twenty years ago, a game was made by one guy, or two or three people," says International Game Developers Association executive director Jason Della Rocca. "The games you see now take ...
Today was extremely busy and exhausting as well. The routine here is to wake up early, grab a boxed breakfast and coffee in the huge ballroom at the hotel and then run off to where the buses are parked to take you to the Redmond Microsoft campus. I scheduled meetings with some Microsoft personnel today along with poking my head into some of the sessions that were going on at the Conference Center. I continued to evangelize computer science education and spoke with interested people about the concerns ...
Well the weather in April is quite different than the weather in Orlando, FL at this time of year. However, I did notice that there is more color in the trees and plants even though it's cold. I spent most of the morning at an XNA workshop. Even though I'm an ASP.NET MVP, there are certain events that we can go to outside our area. It was interesting to listen to the XNA concerns that the MVP folks had. The speaker who is a senior manager mentioned XNA being used in colleges and that opened up the ...
College or no college? Jump into work, or push through the education. I've decided to go back to college full time again. Michigan Tech was a fun time filled with lots of friends and lots of very good times. Now it's time to go back to those fun times, full time. I have two years left to get my bachelors degree in Computer Science and now I'm serious about getting it. I've worked in the tech industry in New Hampshire for 8 months now for one company. Now, they're either going out of business or they're ...
This is a question I have been asking myself on and off for about a year now. I have researched all the schools, and all the programs, and I have to make a decision. I want to continue my education, but I should I go for a Master's in a technical realm or a business one? I have pretty good technical skills, and I am learning so much just from reading books and blogs and going to .NUG meetings, so I think maybe my education should be toward an MBA. I think it might help to solidify my ability to talk ...
The Communications magazine that is published by ACM had an article based on a survey that listed a top ten Technology Influencers list. Intel organized a panel of experts to vote for the 45 most influential figures in technology over the last 150 years. Yes, that's not a typo, 150 years! Top ten: 1. Tim Berners-Lee (www) 2. Sergey Brin (Google) 3. Larry Page (Google) 4. Gugliemo Marconi (radiotelegraph) 5. Jack Kilby (integrated circuit and calculator) 6. Gordon Moore (Intel) 7. Alan Turing ( Pioneer ...
The BBC's Bill Thompson in his recent blog post about the state of IT development in the UK has hit the nail on the head "Universities have seen applications for computer science degrees fall off, schools do not encourage students to do computing at GCSE and A Level and primary school children are trained as users not as programmers." Recent reports from the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and CEBR (Centre for Economics and Business Research) indicate that skilled migration workers, specifically ...
I really like it when students discover things on their own and get excited about their own learning. This week, my students have been modifying an existing XNA Pong game. They have just learned the concepts of putting sprites on the screen, moving sprites, and sprite collision. There were two games they could select and some selected the game Dan Waters put together on his blog and the other was from Bill Reiss. Basically, they had to change game play in the pong game. Some added more paddles, changed ...
So as part of the community helping him out with going to Dev Teach, we're putting a few requirements on his plate. For one, he has to do a guest post introducing himself (which is below). Secondly, he'll need to set up a blog of his own to keep everyone filled in with how Dev Teach is going (Hey Jeff, can you help a brutha out?). So, without further ado, here is Henry's guest blog post: My name is Henry. I am a student enrolled as a Computer Science Major for University of Manitoba perhaps also ...
According to the Washington Post, industry executives fear there won't be enough new defense sector workers to replace those employees as they retire. The problem is that almost 60 percent of U.S. aerospace workers in 2007 were 45 or older could affect national security and even close the door on commercial products that start out as military technology, industry officials said. Another part of the problem is the fierce competition for a limited pool of math and science experts from all corners of ...
On Friday, I attended a workshop that was held at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Rollins is an excellent Liberal Arts College which is always highly ranked in the US News Report and is also known for the Crummer MBA School. Over 100 high school teachers in Florida were invited to this event. Dr. Lewis Duncan, President of Rollins College spoke to us about his experiences teaching the Sciences and on some of the problems that he sees with students not interested in the Sciences. After his talk, ...
Update: Added more topics Part 4 - History of F#, Operators and Lists Today we have another installment of the Adventures in F# - F# 101 series. This time we're going to cover more functional programming basics and hopefully cover some pretty interesting things along the way and compare them with normal imperative style programming. I believe that functional programming, mixed with imperative constructs is the natural evolution of the .NET framework, and indeed the future of it. Like I've said before ...
If you are one of the 11 people who I have noticed on Feedburner that read my blog I have moved it. I am now located at http://www.mosslover.com and hosting my blog on Geeks with Blogs, rather than SharePoint Blogs. I didn't decide to move my blog all at once. It was a gradual decision built on various frustrations. I know it's not Dustin's fault that the templates were no longer available on SharePoint Blogs. I am sure it's not his fault that there was an inability to load screen shots. I love SharePointBlogs.com. ...
Over at the creators club site is an online video tutorial entitled Beginner's Guide to XNA Game Studio Express that is new and will teach you how to create a 2d and 3d game. Charles Cox, a Developer Educator from Microsoft does an outstanding job at explaining how to code these two games. In addition, he reviews the hardware and operating system requirements of being able to run XNA Game Studio Express and how to install as well. What I liked was part of the Introduction steps you through how to ...
One of the first things we went over in my first computer science class was the idea of preconditions and postconditions for functions: what the caller should expect will be needed before and how the results will be after the call. We also discussed parameter validation, which I've found more and more to be important. Parameter validation is not only important for security purposes, but helpful in debugging scenarios when you wouldn't otherwise be sure that an exception is being generated because ...
The alliance that I'm referring to is the Microsoft Academic Alliance which allows any high school computer science department and computer science students to install Visual Studio. In addition, you get the following: Three Microsoft e-Learning Library (MELL) collections: General Programming Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Programming in Visual Basic .NET Teaching Tools CD Student Tools CD Teaching Tools Manual Student Tools Manual Introductory Kit Monitored Newsgroups MSDN Library Documentation Technical ...
Today, I purchased my tickets to go to Seattle for the MVP Summit which will be held in April. The MVP Global Summit is a four-day invitation-only event hosted at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center in Seattle and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. With more than 400 sessions and a variety of networking opportunities, the MVP Global Summit enables Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and Regional Directors (RDs) to: Connect with other MVPs and RDs Engage with Microsoft ...
I've only taught my Honors Programming II Game Programming class for 3 days now and I'm evaluating my students C# skills with various beginner programs. In addition, I am introducing Gaming concepts with my students using the free online book called The Art of Computer Game Design by Chris Crawford. I am also using some the Video Gaming Webcast that Microsoft has available with Matthew Mead who is a Computer Science Instructor from Digipen Institute of Technology. The Webcasts does not cover XNA ...
O)rlando Elec(tron)ic (I)nteractive Entertainment (Con)vention The inaugural event in 2006 attracted more than 16,000 to experience how the cultural phenomenon of video games is changing everything from art to education to business to military training. Otronicon is uniquely Orlando and spotlights Central Florida's growing digital media industry. Last year's event in January 2007 attracted an incredibly diverse audience of 18,000, including parents with kids, grandparents with grandchildren, couples, ...
If I had it to do all over again, I would have TDDed my first linked list from the very beginning. One thing about the Computer Science classroom that always made me feel ill at ease was the almost complete lack of discussion about good programming practice. I think this is probably more of a symptom of university culture at large than any one particular thing that CS departments are to blame for. My proof of this is the almost complete lack of any focus on practical application when I was receiving ...
Software development is complicated. Everyone has their own opinion on how it should be approached and from time to time you get little clusters of folks that follow the same mantra, whether it be “agile methods”, “extreme programming”, “waterfall model”, etc. The underlying argument tends to be whether one thinks of programming and development as a science or an art. Before we get into the good stuff I thought it’d be nice if I could express my view on the matter and set some expectations when it ...
Five years ago is when our school had the first Tech Night. It seems like yesterday. Tech night was sponsored by the US Computer Science Department and it was a night to discuss technology. Microsoft has always sponsored the event and sent lots of swag to give out to students and family. An XBOX was donated and given out as a door prize. This year we have scheduled our Tech night for Thursday, January 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on our campus in Orlando, FL. The speakers will include: Dan Waters from ...
I noticed that Bill Evjen ( http://geekswithblogs.net/e... ) and Kevin Grossnicklaus ( http://geekswithblogs.net/k... ) had started blogs, and they are very prominent managers at Lipper (in Saint Louis, Missouri) which is a division of Reuters ... I thought some of the readers out there may be interested in contributions from someone more junior than these two titans of tech. First off, the interview process at Lipper was impressive. Bill Evjen and two other developers ...
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) says he will introduce legislation that calls for providing free college tuition for math and science majors. The bill, the Education Competitiveness Act, is a $25 billion education incentives package that also provides help for rural teachers and more money for pre-kindergarten programs. Baucus says the goal is to better prepare children for school and to get more children into college, ultimately to make the United States more competitive, particularly with countries such ...
Found this link and thought it was interesting. Others trying to use robotics as an educational platform for software engineering using science and technology. Here is a link to IPRE Scribbler Services for Microsoft Robotics Studio http://www.roboteducation.o... About IPRE / Myro The Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE) is a partnership between Georgia Tech, Bryn Mawr College, and Microsoft Research to apply and evaluate robots as a context for computer science ...
Tim Hibbard has tagged me, so here goes... Meet more developers Not so long ago I posted about a new user group in my area (well, 1hr drive away) yet I am still to attend a meeting, I really must; I know very few developers and I have no doubt I could learn a great deal from attending such event and hopefully enjoy the whole thing! Targeted Reading & LearningI do spend a lot of time reading, researching and playing with new stuff but need to target my reading/learning. I tend to read loads of ...
Well where to begin, This is my first attempt at a blog so it may be boring, almost contrite at first but in time it will get better so please bear with me. First a little about me (thank you for humoring me). I am 39 years old, will be 40 in March of 2008, and live way out in the country with my wife (My Angel), my son, 4 dogs, 2 cats and 2 fish. I am what some refer to out here are a "high tech redneck", I may live in the country (simply because I love the solitude and privacy) but that doesn't ...
It is great to see that Microsoft has selected some worth projects and has awarded lots of money for continued research on these areas. Here's the announcement: Microsoft Research announced on Monday that Microsoft will award almost $6.5 million in grants to colleges and universities across the United States to supplement research, research faculty, and research facilities. Microsoft Research's Rich Rashid said computer science impacts all types of work and industries, and investing in academia will ...
Back in February I blogged about me going to the Microsoft Academic Days on Game Development which was held in Orlando and on the Disney Wonder Ship which took us to the Bahamas. Several of the speakers have put up their slides from their presentation on the Academic Resource Center site. You can search for other information on the site as well. It is categorized like this: Special Collaboration Areas Compilers, Languages, Runtimes Robotics Embedded Systems Sensor Networks Gaming and Graphics Software ...
Debbie Carter who teaches AP Computer Science at Lancaster Day School in Lancaster, PA has put together an excellent resource book for AP Computer Science Teachers. You can get the book at apcentral.collegeboard.com. I've worked with Debbie as a member of the now defunct Microsoft Faculty Advisory Board and presently as a Board Member for the Computer Science Teachers Association. The book contains information that will help both a beginner teacher and veteran teachers as well. It has five chapters ...
Yesterday I attended the Computer Science & Information Technology Symposium that was held at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. For the past several years, I've been a speaker at this event and this was the second time that I've attended as a registrant. I always look forward to this event because it gives me a chance to see some old friends and to meet new friends as well. In addition, it helps me learn new ways to teach computer science education. I attended sessions on robotics, the Grid ...
Over the last year or so I have noticed a disturbing trend brought about by the idea of "brining programming to the masses". Last April, according to Microsoft, there was a "growing community of 18 million recreational and hobbyist developers." Even IBM was getting in to the mix, with a project called QEDwiki. I am a professional developer and have been a developer for over 14 years. I have a B.S. degree in Computer Science, did an internship at Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) while in school, ...
As a kid, I always had fond memories of my Dad throwing me a popfly ball and catching it. That was fun! Even with my own kids, I enjoyed throwing a popfly ball to them and smiled when they caught it. So, when I was invited to join up with Microsoft Popfly, I had a hunch it would be fun and it is. Popfly Space is a social network designed to connect the millions of non-professional creators in the world who work on everything from mashups to game development to hardware hacks. Users can build and ...
If you're a member of the Computer Science Teachers Association and you voted me as a Board Member I want to take this opportunity to thank you. The Computer Science Teachers Association is a national board that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. CSTA provides opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn. The purpose of the organization ...
I finally put the finishing touches on the course that I'll be teaching next school year on game programming. This will be an 18 week course for students who are experienced at programming and have taken our Honors level Programming course. I plan on using the online book The Art of Computer Game Design by Chris Crawford. The book is a short read but covers some key points such as: What is a Game? Why do People Play Games A Taxonomy of Computer Games The Computer as a Game Technology The Game Design ...
After waiting several months now, I finally got my hands on this new book. The author has a nice blog on game development and he has created a series of videos on game development in directx where he created the rocket commander game. I'm hoping that Benjamin can create the videos on how he created the rocket commander game with XNA. One bonus for this book is that it's not just about coding games using XNA. The author adds input to his own experiences on creating games and emphasizes making a plan ...
For the past three months, I've been working with an open source course online management system called moodle. Moodle is free and has many features such as: Forums Content managing (resources) Quizzes with different kinds of questions Blogs Wikis Database activities Surveys Chat Glossaries Peer assessment Multi-language support (over 60 languages are supported for the interface Moodle has gained in popularity amongst educators and the statistics have proven that with a user base of 18,204 registered ...
Alice is a modern programming environment designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn basic computer science while creating animated movies, simple video games, where students control the behavior of 3D objects and characters in a virtual world. Although computer programming has existed in its modern form for half a century, it still eludes all but a small fraction of society. While programming is an inherently difficult activity, there are ...
Barbara Conover asked me to announce this workshop on my blog so here goes: Summer 2007 Workshops . Learning to Program with Alice . Alice and Media Computation Registration Deadline: May 1, 2007 (The workshops are free!) Led by the experts: Dr. Stephen Cooper, Saint Joseph's University Dr. Wanda Dann, Ithaca College And funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, these workshops are designed and particularly appropriate for instructors wishing to: Decrease the attrition among computer ...
There is always some time left after the AP exam to teach our students more before we leave them for the summer. In Florida, we have a couple of weeks to learn more and if you’re from different parts of the country you may have even more time to teach students something new. I am really sold on having students learn about creating games so that’s what I’ll be doing with my students. There are several options available for you to do with your students and several languages to use as well. If you want ...
In preparation for the gaming course that I'll be teaching next school year, I came across these interesting facts about the industry that is put out by the Entertainment Software Association: TOP 10 INDUSTRY FACTS US computer and video game software sales grew six percent in 2006 to $7.4 billion – almost tripling industry software sales since 1996. Sixty-nine percent of American heads of households play computer and video games. The average game player is 33 years old and has been playing games ...
I'm putting together a course for my advanced programming students and could use some help. My goal is to teach my students C# and then how to program a windows game and finally an xbox game using 2d. Hopefully, all students can complete their game and then deploy on an xbox. I have 18 weeks to do this. Any input you can give me that would help high school computer science students be successful in this course is appreciated. ps I have looked at a majority of tutorials that are online including a ...