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Submission + - What should be on the Syllabus for an "Intro to Computer Programming" Course?

B. Clay Shannon writes: After 20 years in the programming ranks, I am considering switching focus to help prepare the next generation — or at least help them decide whether programming is "for them" or not. I have written an article of sorts as a jsfiddle here:

Feel free to comment about what you think should be added, removed, or modified as regards my proposed syllabus there. You can even create your own "fork" of that fiddle.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read? (

An anonymous reader writes: There's a blog post floating around right now listing articles every programmer should read. I'm curious what articles, books, etc., Slashdot readers would add to this list. Should The Art of Computer Programming, Design Patterns, or Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs be on the list? What about The Mythical Man-Month, or similar works that are about concepts relating to programming? Obviously, the nature of this question precludes articles about the nitty-gritty of particular languages, but I'm sure a lot of people would be interested in those, too. So if you can think of a few articles that every C++ programmer (or Perl, or Haskell, or whatever) should know, post those too.

Submission + - Programming in schools (

kyrsjo writes: The Economist has an article on how information technology — the real stuff, not just button-pushing — is making it's way back to schools across the world. As the article argues: "Digital technology is now so ubiquitous that many think a rounded education requires a grounding in this subject just as much as in biology, chemistry or physics."

In today's society, teaching computer science in schools is absolutely necessary, and that means getting a real understanding of computers and how they work. That requires working with algorithms and programming, not just learning which buttons to push in the program that the school happened to use.

Submission + - Survey: 56 Percent of U.S. Developers Expect To Become Millionaires ( 1

msmoriarty writes: According to a recent survey of 1,000 U.S.-based software developers, 56 percent expect to become millionaires in their lifetime. 66 percent also said they expect to get raises in the next year, despite the current state of the economy. Note that some of the other findings of the study (scroll to bulleted list) seem overly positive: 84 percent said they believe they are paid what they're worth, 95 percent report they feel they are "one of the most valued employees at their organization," and 80 percent said that "outsourcing has been a positive factor in the quality of work at their organization."

Submission + - A pizza that stays fresh for three years

kelk1 writes: The AP reports that the US military may near the Holy Grail: a pizza that stays fresh for three years, on the counter and without refrigeration.

"How does it taste?"

"It pretty much tastes just like a typical pan pizza that you would make at home and take out of the oven or the toaster oven. The only thing missing from that experience would be it's not hot when you eat it. It's room temperature."

Not sure about the soldiers, but I guess that this would also be big news for the /. crowd.

Submission + - Ailing Obamacare Site To Get A 'Tech Surge' ( 1

itwbennett writes: It's no secret that the website has been plagued by problems since its launch 3 weeks ago. On Sunday, the Department of Health and Human Services said that it's now bringing in the big guns: 'Our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the [HHS] team and help improve,' the blog post reads. 'We're also putting in place tools and processes to aggressively monitor and identify parts of where individuals are encountering errors or having difficulty using the site, so we can prioritize and fix them.' Other emergency measures being taken as part of what HHS calls a 'tech surge' include defining new test processes to prevent new problems and regularly patching bugs during off-peak hours. Still unclear is how long it will take to fix the site. As recently reported on Slashdot, that could be anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months.

Submission + - Phablets Craze Not Mellowing, Nokia and HTC Joins Bandwagon (

gloryfel writes: Certainly phablets craze is not mellowing down. And it appears that Nokia and HTC are joining the bandwagon of firms offering gigantic smartphones with screen sizes over 5 inches. It was reported by Reuters that Nokia’s launch of its new phablet is pushed to October launch in New York City. HTC, on the other hand is said to showcase a 5.9-inch device to be launched this month or early October 2013.
In the recent years, phablets have proven to be more than just a fad. According to a report from research firm IDC, in the second quarter of 2013, phablets have sold as much as tablets and laptops combined in the Asia-Pacific region. A total of 25.2 million phablets were shipped, compared with 12.6 million tablets, and 12.7 million portable PCs.

Currently, Samsung is in the lead with roughly 50 percent of the phablet market. Analysts expect it continue with the recent launch of Galaxy Note 3. Two months ago, it also unveiled Galaxy Mega with variants 6.3 and 5.8 inches screen.

Submission + - Why Apple's 64-bit iPhone chip probably won't matter for years (

mattydread23 writes: One of the big talking points of Apple's iPhone 5S introduction this week was the A7 processor, supposedly the first 64-bit chip ever to find its way into a smartphone. But it probably won't have any effect for years — first of all, the real benefit of 64-bit apps is to take advantage of more than 4GB of memory, and the iPhone is still years away from that limit. Second, developers have little incentive to build 64-bit apps when most of the iPhones (including the new 5C) in the field will be 32-bit for the foreseeable future.

Submission + - TSA is officially allowed to lie to you in order to cover itself

zoan2013 writes: Blogger Johnathan Corbett reports that the remaining claims of his lawsuit against the TSA were dismissed on Tuesday with US District Judge Joan A Lenard basically saying the TSA doesn't have to tell the truth in TSA-related FOIA requests. (Full dismissal order here) Judge Lenard also refused to allow the 19 previously dismissed charges to be appealed while the rest were being decided. Corbett is now appealing to the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and is considering filing a complaint of judicial misconduct against Lenard.

Comment saw this coming (Score 1) 165

I remember when all imeem did was stream music. Then they added all those stupid social networking and profile modifications to make it more like Myspace. Everyone was complaining that it was turning into Myspace. Then surprise, surprise, they literally turn into Myspace. Who didn't see this coming? Maybe if they'd have spent some development time on making their site stable instead of making it cute and adding stupid features, they wouldn't have ended this way. I guarantee Myspace isn't going to revive it in any remotely similar form. They're just going to reroute playlists to to the bands' pages and that's it.

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