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Comment: Write a trivial web server (Score 1) 172

by dataspel (#46950619) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?
Its very handy to have a lightweight web server running on your machine that you control completely. You will immediately start learning about sockets, TCP-IP, and HTTP. You can set up a home page with useful information [e.g. how many cats do I own and what are their names]. Plus if you ever open a port on your router, you will quickly learn lots and lots about why security is important.

Comment: Re:Good game to try (Score 1) 172

by dataspel (#46950587) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?
I wrote an implementation in C when the Sciam article was first published. Of course, Stomper (a one line program that copies itself to the next higher address) was pretty much unstoppable, until I introduced the ability to capture enemy processes and repurpose them for programs on the allied side. Lots of fun, but I could never get anyone to try it after I explained the game. I think they were afraid of a process "escaping" and overwriting their machine :)

Comment: Re:Check out WGU (Score 1) 370

by dataspel (#46584905) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?
The only thing that concerns me about WGU is whether it is generally accepted
by employers as a substitute for attendance at a class-based school. That is, given
2 equally qualified candidates, one from WGU and one from an average state school,
would the state school graduate have preference in being hired?

Comment: Re: really (Score 1) 285

the traffic is getting insane

a motorcycle might solve that :) weather certainly permits it as a year-long solution

Would be nice if that were true. What often happens is you end up waiting in gridlock like everyone else,
and lane splitting is not allowed. Your bike better be liquid cooled, especially in the summer.

I find you lack of faith in the forth dithturbing. - Darse ("Darth") Vader