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Comment: Re:It may be too late, (Score 1) 252

by Veretax (#47649499) Attached to: <em>Babylon 5</em> May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut
Absolutely.... The fight with GKar and Michael York as a 'King Arthur' archetype fighting in down below and glorying over the battle. That line ranks among my favorite... along with the one who followed it, when GKar passes out, and Arthur turns to Marcus and says Sir Gawain had the same problem, and we dubbed him the 'Green Knight'... LOL Priceless. Lennier and Vir's 'They never listen..." followed by, 'same time tomorrow?' Was awesome.

Comment: Dark Code for the Win (Score 1) 1

by Veretax (#45289563) Attached to: Actual DeVops HowTo: Configuration Flags: A Love Story by Noah Sussman
I think there can be a lot of value in releasing Dark Code. It may not entirely remove all branching in a source tree, but it will significantly reduce the places to where it is needed to very explicit reasons. I like the idea of also taking a code flag file and using it to choose what tests need to be run upon deployment as well.

Comment: Re:Dietel & Dietel (Score 1) 364

by Veretax (#36318012) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Homeschool Curriculum For CS??
I'm pretty fluent with C#, and competent with VB. I just worry about giving a youngster too much of an environment to play in off the bat, and since I came to C# from Basic->C->Ada->C++/Java->PHP->C# the experience I have with it gives me some confidence. However, I also wonder whether it might be too much for a younger child, even one as intelligent as my son is. I've been contemplating HTML, then throwing in some CSS and JS. I haven't decided yet. Part of me is interested in Ruby, Python, or PHP as a starter for him. I don't know Ruby or Python, but I know I could pick it up. I just wonder whether it is better to shoot from something I know pretty well, or if I should be more concerned with how terse the language is to start.

I decided yesterday that I could start with just some basic logical ideas, maybe flow charting type stuff, just to get him thinking about how control structures might work. 4th Grade might be too soon though.

Comment: Re:Bravo. Sierra. (Score 1) 364

by Veretax (#36308830) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Homeschool Curriculum For CS??
Some colleges still have so called CS 1 or CS 5 courses (or whatever they number them) that teach just that. I'm not sure where other universities put such training, if at all, but don't assume all Universities are the same. I never took the course, and I tutored a couple of folks who did as a Computer Engineering student. I don't think the issue is about devising a curriculum, but having a good quality text, even if its a tiny one can be a great help to a home schooler. You can have the child read and work through exercises on the computer or whatever. When I was in HS they had a text that fit onto the stands they used to use for keyboarding. Very nice actually. We basically learned to type, and then learned to use the word processor and type.

Comment: Re:Dietel & Dietel (Score 1) 364

by Veretax (#36308136) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Homeschool Curriculum For CS??
C could be a good Language, Ada is an interesting one also, but I wonder if VB or VBA is more useful? The other thing for home schoolers that I wonder, is what environment we let them run in. We home school our son, and he's starting 4th Grade, and i want to give him something small to whet his appetite. If he likes it then I'll provide more. If he hates it, I may still provide him more, but in lower dosages, LOL. I feel programming may become a skill like working on cars, where a lot of people will do it in their spare time, or in parts, without it being the focus of a career.

The real question I have about home schooling and programming is what environment to setup. For us we have windows machines so that limits us. I want to get him some basic ideas about programming, but I'd also like to keep him from offing my desktop that he would be using as well. So given that I'd like to give him a little protection as he starts to learn this, what do you guys recommend as a language that provides a lot of the basics. I'm less concerned about OO right now, as procedural style programming? Would you go VB? VBA within say excel or access? Would you use C or C#? Things like that are questions that really need to be answered before you begin a course like this I think.

Comment: Re:This! (Score 1) 606

by Veretax (#36217288) Attached to: Professor Questions Sink-Or-Swim Intro To CS Courses
I also tutored as a Freshman Undergrad. They required all Engineers to learn some basics in C as an introductory course, so there were about 3 or 4 classmates that I tutored. I didn't do the work for them, I tried to help them learn how to think through the problems, and find a solution before they started writing the code. The sad part was our professor was a Civil Engineer, who really had no exposure to C before, and his idea for a Sort Algorithm made my eyes bulge. I coded up three better solutions I knew off the top of my head, and ended up having to present them in class. So I can understand some people's frustration there.

Comment: Re:WHy are you majoring in CS... (Score 1) 606

by Veretax (#36217202) Attached to: Professor Questions Sink-Or-Swim Intro To CS Courses
Then it must come as quite a shock to you, to know that many High Schools, still to this day, do not offer calculus to their students. If you want it, you have to double up on Math somewhere, and then take it as a College Course, which has its pluses and minuses. My first exposure to basic was very early in my life, before I ever reached high school, but it wasn't till I got to HS and took the course that I began to realize how much I loved Programming. Up until that point I was leaning Chemical Engineering, and the programming course, the single one I took, convinced me I wanted to work with Computers.

If I hadn't done that, would the very basic C they taught us in our Engineering 2 Courses have been sufficient to point me that direction? I honestly can't say for sure.

Comment: What is the big deal? (Score 1) 947

by Veretax (#35034958) Attached to: Teachers Back Away From Evolution In Class
I seriously don't understand all the hub bub. Look, there is only so much instructional time in Junior High and High School Biology anyways. When I was in High School, the teacher spent, 1 Day describing the basics of evolutionary theory, and in fact then said, however some people believe in creationism. Which you believe is not important for the context of this class, as we are focused on actually examining and learning about the differences in life. Evolution didn't even get brought up for the next 179 days of the school calendar. Frankly, I was fine with that, if I wanted to learn more about bio, then with a bit of basic understanding, then it would make sense in College, or advanced AP bio to be introduced. I just can't get over people throwing a fit over something that really I don't understand why its 1. a big deal, or 2. why it is such a big deal based on the total class room time actually spent on it. Maybe the way science was taught has changed in the last 20 years... who knows.

Comment: Re:How to teach programming (Score 1) 709

by Veretax (#34710728) Attached to: Why Teach Programming With BASIC?
This is pretty similar to what I went through.

Early on I learned TI Basic, then C64 Basic, then IBM Basic, they were all similar but were different contexts and quirks at times. Then when I got into Engineering, we learned C (In Borland Environment), and MATLAB. MATLAB was cool for being able to do a certain set of problems, but beyond our signals and processing class I have never used it since. Then we started taking CS classes where they taught you Ada, then later Data Structures with Ada, then another class on C on a *ix system learning about multi processing etc. I didn't really get into true C++ until I got my first professional job, and Java I picked up a book to learn a bit about it, but hardly use it. Now I dabble in C#, VB, VBA, PHP, etc. So I disagree that Basic kills you, but I do think given environments today, a safer environment to learn, might be best especially for young coders.

Comment: Re:Old (Score 1) 111

by Veretax (#34316658) Attached to: Extra-Galactic Planet Discovered In Milky Way
You are making the assumption that the description of creation began then, when it may just simply be a generalization, a statement of the thesis of the coming six days (seventh rest) of creation. It would be like if I described my day to you.

Before the sun rose in the morning, i Awoke, and headed to work. I a woke from my slumber shook my head, and rolled out of bed (minute 1). Then i slowly walked to the bathroom to do bathroom things (minutes 2-7). Then I headed downstairs, started up my computer, opened twitter, and email, and began reading the news (minutes 9-25) etc. All of these things were done in the beginning of the day, and the breakfast had yet to be consumed.

See what I'm saying, don't confuse the literary style of how genesis's creation account is presented, with some bullet point list, verse, by verse of the order of creation. Day 1 isn't verse 1, Day two isn't verse 2, It doesn't quite work out that way, even if you try to stretch it. It reminds me a bit of the intro to one of the LOTR moving, when it talks about what happened in the beginning etc.

How many hardware guys does it take to change a light bulb? "Well the diagnostics say it's fine buddy, so it's a software problem."

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