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Comment: Not so radical (Score 1) 755

by woan (#35624114) Attached to: CMU Eliminates Object Oriented Programming For Freshman
Is this really different from the Berkeley Intro to CS (CS61A) being taught around Scheme before getting into Data Structures and OO (CS61B) in the second semester? I think the third course in the series(CS61C) is C and assembly. I think this has been the case since 1989 when I graduated. http://www-inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~cs61a/sp11/ http://inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~cs61bl/sp11/ http://www-inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~cs61c/sp11/ MIT only switched to Python from a similar curriculum upon which the Berkeley one is based a few years ago because of a robotics API and they wanted to standardize the intro course across different majors, I was told.

Comment: Re:Why even bother with cubes? (Score 1) 484

by woan (#34560780) Attached to: America's Cubicles Are Shrinking
There are few things that can substitute for the richness of communication of a bunch of people around a white board. For collaborative and agile teams working on products where the folks are not representative of the ultimate customer, colocation is incredibly effective. Even better when they are colocated with their customers. I have heard of a number of financial firms in particular moving IT teams out of their silos.

Comment: Re:Now, I know that correlation != causation, but. (Score 1) 187

by woan (#34471396) Attached to: Consumer Reports Gives AT&T Lowest US Carrier Rank
Youch, I live in Seattle and anytime there is a large gathering of people, i.e. Bumbershoot, sports, there is very little chance of ATT data, 3G or Edge. Usually you can still get voice, but occasionally that fails as well. Also downtown in any of the big buildings has sporadic problems. Now ATT seems to have this fixed in Austin TX... Of course public venues there seem to have higher probability of free WiFi which may take some of the burden.

Comment: Re:Startup Weekend NOT An MS Event (Score 3, Informative) 233

by woan (#29280307) Attached to: iPhone App Wins Microsoft App Contest
I was there. The last two in Seattle were at Adobe and Google. Many thanks for MS for sponsoring this. Other than to win the prize, I think everyone would agree it would be stupid to target Windows mobile phone users. The fan favorites actually did both a Palm Pre and iPhone version of their app. Both the MS sponsored prize (preannounced for best team on MS platform) and the incubator (most promising business model) sponsored prizes went to the SearchKick team on the MS platform. I think 13 or so of the 15 teams ended up building on the MS platform with lots of first time SilverLight developers.

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