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Comment: Re:27" FTW (Score 1) 375

by javamage (#42914415) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

Love this monitor. It gives you the space to do side-by-side work without taking up extra desk space as well as expand one window when needed (like in an eclipse debugging session with a smaller Android emulator on the side.)

I agree that 30" is just too big - gotta turn my head a bunch if it's on a normal-sized desk

NOTE: This monitor is on sale for $649 today - use code RDSVHG$9FHDJ44

Comment: Re:Pay the penalty where it is cheap. (Score 1) 330

by javamage (#42835675) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?
My favorite example of this came out accidentally when I was teaching layouts in Java. I showed a button that said "Bye" and said "Suppose you translate it into German as "Auf Weidersehen". I drew a box the same size as the "Bye" box and it happened to just show "Weider". There was a german speaker in the class who laughed, and told me that the "Bye" button now said "Again". Layout managers FTW.

Comment: Camtasia, Evernote, Graphics tablet, mic (Score 4, Interesting) 150

by javamage (#42547235) Attached to: College CIO Predicts Tablets Will Kill Smart Boards

I've been recording and posting my lectures at JHU using Camtasia for many years...

I whiteboard using a graphics tablet (Wacom Bamboo fun, drawing ink notes on Evernote). I write code examples on the fly in Eclipse (and if Android apps, run them in an emulator or use droid@screen to mirror). I surf to websites. When I rarely have slides, I show them. Everything I say (using a headset mic) and do is recorded using Camtasia. After class I do some minor edits and post the videos and example code from the class on the course website after class.

Much less expensive than a smartboard (even moreso if you use alternate recording software), and the students love it (almost everyone comments on it in the evals)

  • * They can review the entire lecture easily
  • * They can focus on what I'm currently saying, rather than on writing down what I just said (some still take notes, but they're much more top-level outline than all the details). This has greatly increased the flow of the class.
  • * If a student cannot come to class, they can still see everything that I did
  • * It allows me to review what I've said in previous terms

I'm a little surprised that the students still come to class... I suspect it's because they like being able to ask questions and interact with the other students.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"

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