Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment pygame (Score 1) 107

If you are willing to teach/learn yourself ...

I just started teaching my 8 year old how to write code. We started with regular python and wrote a text base high/low game (Game where computer picks a number and you guess. It tells you whether you are high or low or if you guessed it). Of course my son was thrilled to add a cheat where it always made him win when he entered his name as the player.

Next, I bought some graph paper, down loaded pygame and had him draw a tank, then figure out what polygons to use from pygame to draw the tank. We drew it with 3 rectangles. Just the power of changing the tank size and changing location thrilled him. Over the next few weeks we started demonstrating how to make a bullet move out of the cannon, then how to move the tank with up/down arrows, what rgb values are and how to research those colors on the web and create your own. I had to read ahead and learn this stuff myself first.

This stuff is simple but starts to introduce them to the level of detail required to write something that works. We finished with a game where you had a rocket launcher and two rockets. A tank would come at you at random speeds. You had to pick a fuse time and hopefully the detonation happened on top of the tank.

Don't pressure her. My son's interest comes and goes. I'm there to support when he's inspired. Good luck.

Comment Re:An odd object... (Score 2) 224

>Apparently, the Exocet would have been more effective earlier in the war, if it had been set up correct.

I think this is wrong. The Exocet did it's job. The Argentines only had a limited number. (I think 8 or less) by the time the war started. They were also hampered in there ability to search for ships due to equipment maintenance issues. Had they had the missiles en mass and the ability to correctly search for ships, the brits would have been in trouble.

The bombs going through the ships unexploded were dumb bombs. It was a testament to the Argentinian pilots that in a day and age of smart weapons, they still managed to get the job done using old fashion approach and drop methods. What failed them was what you stated. The fuses on these bombs were set for too long a time period. They hit one side of the ship and came out the other side without exploding.

Slashdot Top Deals

Enzymes are things invented by biologists that explain things which otherwise require harder thinking. -- Jerome Lettvin