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  • Blog Post: Creating a Model, a math model that is

    If you are like me an male, then the idea of creating a model has many manifestations in my mind. So to be clear here, I am talking about a math model. How do you go about doing that? Start by going to: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/cambridge/projects/infernet/docs/InferNet101.pdf This...
  • Blog Post: F#: Using the Interactive Panel in VS 2010 Part 1

    Use the Interactive Panel in VS 2010 to learn how to use F#.  I have not included the code used in my examples, my guidance to you is to visit: F# 1.9.6.16 Draft Language Specification , start off with: “Making Data Simple” use the interactive panel to test the examples.  Then work through...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: Changing the curriculum on programming for scientists and engineers

    Changing the curriculum for Physics Majors and Engineers, as we can see, the process to prepare people who might be engineers and scientists (except for the computer scientists) need to have some modifications. First of all, the process of training engineers and scientists appears to be modified, the...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: Could F# have saved the Mars Climate Orbiter?

    The Mars Climate Orbiter likely failed due to one sensor passing data in the wrong units to the central processing units on the MCO. I have created a first cut demonstrating the use of the dimensional analysis capabilities in F#. It is a simple idea, but one that helps the engineers and scientists to...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: F#, and the Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO) crash in 1998

    OMG: Slide Rules and F#, ‘sup with that? World of Twitter, Facebook, $300 computers running Windows 7, why would I even mention this arcane tool? F# and Slide Rules have something in common: Dimensional Analysis. In F# you can use dimensional analysis to implement your programs. What does this mean?...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: Syllabus for the rest of the students at a university, with a focus on Functional Programming

    Information science and computer science pretty much control the programming classes and curriculum at the universities, colleges and trade schools. Most of the training is either to implement and manage systems or how to write programs and think about new problems and solutions. It is all good and needed...
  • Blog Post: F#: Re-Thinking the syllabus for training engineers and scientists in programming

    Well continuing my effort to bring F# to the Engineers, one of the things that Engineering students look for is the move from graphing calculators to solving problems in a way that doesn’t require an expensive tool like MatLab or Mathematica, although both are excellent tools. When engineers leave school...
  • Blog Post: Checking out the Microsoft Speech Server

    This blog has been moved to the following blog. Why? I decided that I want to reactivate my Software Engineering Blog and this is fitting. If you came here from DevSchool, I will make changes on that blog as well... http://blogs.msdn.com/socal-sam/archive/2009/01/30/checking-out-the-microsoft-speech...
  • Blog Post: F#, Imperative Languages and Identifiers

    OMG! I got pulled off my usual job of doing a bunch of things and have been focused on getting students involved in the Imagine Cup Software Design Invitational in the United States. Then it was Christmas and I ate to many cookies, etc. Finally I ignored my one comment from a int19h, and when you get...
  • Blog Post: F# variables or a return to BASIC?

    In the example I used in the past post utilized the "let" command and it didn't have any data type, what's up with that? Oh it gets worse, the identifier (not variable) are immutable. That is the memory location of the identifier cannot be modified. To create an mutable identifier you have to declare...
  • Blog Post: Using F# to solve a standard engineering problem

    F# has many interesting features, such as the use of lists, maps, and so forth. There are many blogs and websites dedicated to discussing the computer science side of F#, and for good reason the language supports these types of efforts. However, what about the rest of the computational users, for instance...
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday John Blackus, inventor of FORTRAN

    Dec. 3 is the birthday of John Blackus, he was one of the principle inventors of FORTRAN, see the article found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FORTRAN In my opinion, John Blackus best quote describing a motivation to continue to create programming systems: · “Much of my work has come from...
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