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Comment Find something he wants to be able to do... (Score 4, Insightful) 1095

I've often found that by far the best way of teaching him to do this kind of thing relies on finding something he wants his computer to do for him.

This could be just about anything - if he likes sports, it could be a sports results and stats database, if he likes RC modeling it could be an interactive application for setups for his radiocontrolled cars. Your only real role here is to ensure he chooses something feasible in a reasonable timeframe (don't suggest writing Quake5 :) )

The thing I like about this approach, is that it will teach him far more than just "how to do it" - you can start it with a discussion about how he wants to go about it, to start with which language (pros and cons, quick GUI development vs. old school stuff - basically just see what ticks his boxes) and it'll then take you through the basics of data models, and the fact it'll be useful will keep him motivated. Help him break the task up into little bits, and use the first few to teach him the ropes, and then let him try some on his own.

Make it clear it's his project, that you're there to help whenever and wherever you can - but don't judge. If he wants to start with an Access DB - by all means point out the pros and cons, but it's his toy - let him do it, he should be old enough now to see for himself whether it's "right" or "wrong".

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Iriver hasn't exactly made it a secret that it's planning to release an 8GB clix 2 sooner or later, but the folks at clixhere! have now published what they claim to be the first pics of the much-desired device, although they unfortunately don't have much in the way of details to go along with 'em. As you can see above, it certainly looks like a clix 2, with the notable addition of red stripe running around the edge of the device. Of course, we'll have to wait for iriver's announcement to get the official word on that and any other possible changes, although we don't suspect it'll be all that different than 4GB clix 2 we got our hands on last month.

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