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Comment The kids might enjoy VPython (Score 5, Informative) 145

Since you have a strong interest in visualizations of physics phenomena, and you're already teaching your nieces and nephews how to write Python, I'd like to suggest that you check out VPython, which is a series of 3D extensions to Python. In particular I think you'll be intrigued by these examples which visualize everything from wave superposition, to magnetic fields, to concepts from relativity. For immediate gratification, the author of that examples page also has Wiimote integration, so you can bridge interest that your relatives might have in video games into an interactive experience in your physics environment.

Good luck!


Submission + - Delphi for PHP Released

Lou writes: Delphi for PHP, a complete PHP RAD tool for developing PHP web applications has been released by CodeGear ( the Developer Tools Group subsidiary of Borland). The tool only runs on the Windows XP/2000/2003 platform, but allows developer to target multiple platforms. The tool looks similar to its Delphi and C++ developer studio, only it generates pure PHP code. Bravo Codegear on your first new product. Supports several databases including MySQL and includes the VCL components library for PHP (over 50 useable controls), which will be managed as an Open Source project. Developing web applications has now become easier. Link to Announcement: owAvailable/tabid/251/Default.aspx
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Submission + - Best Buy acquires Speakeasy

magneticstorm writes: "It looks like the folks from Best Buy have acquired the geek-centric ISP Speakeasy, in order to roll it into their Best Buy for Business subsidiary. Is this the end of Speakeasy, or just the beginning? Will they continue to uphold the reputation Speakeasy set for itself, or will it descend into mediocrity, not unlike Best Buy's Geek Squad?"

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