September 11, 2003


September 11, 2003 - Categories: teaching

On the benefits of my far-out exercises

September 11, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

From one of my students:

>> Do you like exercises like this, or should we just stick to the stuff in
>> the books?
> Both. But I like exercises like these more because stuff that's in the
> book, I can do on my own when I have the time. Stuff like this is
> different, and interesting.

I should keep that in mind. =) Stuff that’s in the book I can suggest
for practice, but in class, let’s do something unusual and useful.

Gnus funkiness – reply to multiple posts

September 11, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

I just discovered something funky about Gnus. If I mark several
messages for processing (# in the summary buffer) and then hit r to
reply, Gnus ever so helpfully puts the messages in one article buffer.
Wow. =)

o Drawing Objects
o GraphicsIOApplet
o Declaring and Initializing Arrays: Single and 2D
o Searching and Sorting Arrays

CS21A review project

September 11, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized


Quoting speedstorm25 <>:

Hi, Jaime and I are conducting a quick pulse to determine which
topics you are not familiar with or are having problems with so

What an excellent idea! =)

In fact, let’s take it even further. I’ll make it an extra-credit project
that everyone can participate in.

Here’s a rough list of what we’ve taken up so far.
– Variables and data types
– Expressions
– Input and output (including converting from Strings to int)
– Boolean logic
– If and if/else
– While loops
– For loops
– Loops within loops
– Classes and objects
– Attributes
– Methods
– Constructors
– IOApplet
– Interfaces
– Drawing objects
– GraphicsIOApplet
– 1-d arrays
– 2-d arrays
– Arrays of objects
– Searching
– Sorting

I want the class to make review materials for the different topics. You
can make flashcards, notes, or tutorials. You can write poetry or draw
pictures – please scan them or use a computer graphics program so that we
can easily share the pics. You can collect and organize programs that
demonstrate your concept. Anything goes!

This is how we’ll do it. Tomorrow, you’ll volunteer for the topic you’d
most like to do by writing your name and e-mail address on the board. If
you want to prepare review materials for a topic not listed, no problem –
just tell me and I’ll add it to the list! We’ll arrange it so that people
are working on different topics. If you really, really want to pick a
certain topic, come early! First come first serve.

Over the weekend, you’ll make the review materials. Be as creative as you
want. Remember, your classmates are going to use your review materials!
Also, suggest at least three questions (and their answers, of course)
based on your topic. We’ll see if we can include some of the questions
from the class in our final exam. =) Be sure to include credits – you can
be proud of your work!

If you have any ideas that might help your classmates who are working on
different topics, feel free to e-mail them or call them up and talk to
them. Go ahead – share your notes and your sample programs. =)

On Monday, submit your work to me on a diskette or through e-mail
( Provide instructions for your classmates so that
they know how to use your review material. If you want to earn even more
extra credit, you can volunteer to organize all your classmates’
submissions into a nice website and/or directory tree. By the end of next
week, we might even have a CD that you can take home and use to review.

Sounds like a good idea? I’m sure you can do it! This is going to be fun
_and_ educational, and it will help you review for the finals as well.
I’m looking forward to seeing your work!

Pisay considering open source

September 11, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

But sysad not familiar with it. Plan: Teach Computron, get them into
Linux. UP LUG kinda busy educating UP. Minimal support from

Linked lists for people

September 11, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

- Inserting
– Reinforce stacks, queues
– Searching, deleting
– Iterator
– Garbage collection


Other stuff
– Problem: Might get bored?
– Problem dealing with bonuses.
– Procrastination

Slashdot story?

September 11, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

More people having platonic relationships? Two, three weeks ago.