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Education Programming

Explaining Pass by Reference and Pass by Value

Yesterday I had to teach the distinction between pass-by-reference and pass-by-value to my first year non-CS students. There are second and third year CS students that don’t grasp this concept. But there you go. And so I explained it, to a sea of blank faces. They understood what I was saying (I think) but it […]

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Education Programming

Missed Opportunity

I’m spending a lot more time teaching other people to code than I am actually coding at the moment. Whilst I like teaching, this is not at all in line with how I want to be spending my time. I TA a mandatory computer course in the management school, and I have a friend taking […]

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Education Google Wave Programming

Java Workshop in Wave

Tonight, I ran my first workshop in Wave. It was nice to have a space to discuss things, and unlike in a chat client it’s easy to indicate what you’re replying to. What I did was create a slide deck and make it available the day before. Then on the day, I was available to […]

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Education Presentation Programming

Java: Building Blocks

Tomorrow I’m running an introduction to Java via Wave. Because I’ve had a degree of interest from non-complete beginners in learning Processing, I’ve split the content so that one session will be Java: Building Blocks which will teach the very basics of Java but does not introduce Processing, and the other session will be An […]

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Education Presentation Reflections

Great Teachers

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, given certain circumstances I find myself in. And I’ve realized that in all my time at university (I’m entering my 6th year) I’ve had two great professors. The kind that inspire you, the student, with passion. Who explain clearly. The ones who teach the classes that you […]

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Presentation

Video Presentations

The class I TA for has to create presentations in Powerpoint using transitions and music. A million miles from Presentation Zen, hey? There are some good examples of stand-alone presentations using transitions and music though – caveat is, stand-alone is an important point. If you tried to present with so much movement behind you, your […]

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Social Networking

The Social Networking Assignment

My supervisor teaches classes in the business school, and is looking for an assignment on Social Networking to use, perhaps as early as next semester. Of course given that I spend much of my time thinking about, reading about and writing about social networking and most of the rest of it actually socially networking myself, […]