Category Archives: Computers

Final Project Guidelines for Computer Programming Classes

Each of my Computer Science classes require a final project of complexity commensurate with what is learned in the class. The computer language used is the language studied during the semester. Currently, that is either Java or C++. This document … Continue reading

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How Old is Boolean Logic?

Boolean logic was being used long before there were computers. We can go a little way back to when light bulbs were invented. There were no dimmer switches, so the light was either on or off. George Boole (1815–1864) invented … Continue reading

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Interviewing

Knowing how to interview for a computer programming/design position is almost as important as the learning how to program. Over the years, I have had friends who were excellent programmers, including the design process, who lost out to people who … Continue reading

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What is the main difference between C and Fortran?

The answer here is based on FORTRAN IV, the version of FORTRAN with which I have the most familiarity. The newer FORTRANs may have fixed the following problems. FORTRAN simply means Formula Translation. It is one of the first languages … Continue reading

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C++ Hardest New Concept

I teach C++ programming to beginners. All of them seem to quickly understand simple programs like “Hello World.” They can get the logic down fairly well in simple flow charts. But where they seem to have the most struggles is … Continue reading

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What is the purpose of a pointer in programming?

The full question ended with: “Why not access the variable directly?” It depends on what you mean by “access the variable directly.” In Algol derived languages (like C, C#, C++, Pascal, Ada), the way to access a variable directly is … Continue reading

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Which programming language did you think would be prominent, but turned out to be a complete dud?

Wayne Cook, Certified Scrum Master After reading John Dougherty’s answer on Quora, I was tempted not to answer. But, that was only a fleeting thought. It is hard to limit it to just one language. I was originally thinking of … Continue reading

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“I Am”

I am is the most powerful phrase in the English language. What follows those words determine what thoughts we each have about ourselves. The words following can be derogatory, learning, hopeful, humble, egotistical, or some combination. The choice is ours. … Continue reading

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Should I learn how to code or learn another language?

I have been working with software development since I was a junior in high school. I have used at least twenty-five languages for various projects. I can take my coding skills from language to language (at least in groups of … Continue reading

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Do You Really Want to Work for a Large Corporation?

Hewlett-Packard and Tektronix, two companies for whom I have worked, were once garage-shop companies. Most companies start up that way and grow bigger as they reach their goals. The founders of companies care about their companies and the employees, the … Continue reading

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