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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 :)

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist

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