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  • Blog Post: Free Serenity through Zentity: Extending your existing data model

    Student You need a project to demonstrate how researchers share data for science experiments, and you got nothing.  Now you got the answer and the complete demonstration.  You just have to get it working, so jump into it! Professor L et’s say you are doing climate research and your data model...
  • Blog Post: ClimateGate: Setting up the experiment to measure “heat”, thinking about thermodynamics

    There are a few laws in the universe and thermodynamics has a lock on some of the more depressing statements.  As I think of them: First Law of Thermodynamics: You can win Second Law of Thermodynamics: The first law is wrong, and not only can’t you win, everything in the universe will die because...
  • Blog Post: Climategate, global warming and provenance

    Ok, taking a chance here: I reviewed the emails and don’t really get the whole “global warming” as a scam.  Clearly the globe is warming after the mini-ice age between 1500 and 1825 or so.  During the period since the mini-ice age, the human population has grown, built beautiful cities, roadways...
  • Blog Post: Computer Archeology: The Smiley, where did it come from?

    The Smiley, where did it come from?  Here is the first instance of the Smiley: 401298269,0,0 19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-) From: Scott E Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c> I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more...
  • Blog Post: F#: Ballistics, Rocketry and Research 5/7/2009

    I just got back from the Foundation of Digital Games (FDG) Disney Cruise, and it WAS GREAT! I had great conversations with some of the best game researchers and professors on the planet, and we all couldn’t use our cell phones or do email without paying a bunch of money. ACM held the conference and the...
  • Blog Post: WTF: Orbital Mechanics/Celestial Mechanics, Newton and Kepler’s Laws

    Apparently this cartoon was all to true with respect to the Mars Climate Orbiter. However, for some reason I am certain that there were no women wearing sexy pantsuits on the navigator team for the MCO. If I am wrong leave a comment. Hi ho: Well like Tim Buxton said at the Mix09 keynote today, the transition...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: Compelling demonstration

    Email thread with my favorite manager today, we can’t agree if F# can make a compelling demo for an online talk. His criticism is correct, but I am sure I can do a compelling demo, unfortunately my favorite manager is often right, otherwise he is wrong. However, he has some experience he did a bunch...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: World of Warcraft, VSLAB and a note that I have an awesome manager

    First off, I wish to thank the folks who are commenting on this blog, but one complaint: Edgar Sánchez left a comment but his blog engine will not allow me to leave a contact for him. A tool that you might want to consider utilizing for your experimentation with the F# language: VSLab, a graphics tool...
  • 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: Silverlight games: Review of tutorials for Silverlight games

    There is a fantastic tutorial out Anatomy of a Silverlight Game: Avoid Common Mistakes When Building Online Games , which is as up to date as you can find on the web. I have been going over a few of the tutorials and this is the best one I have encountered. Bill Reiss writes a good tutorial but it is...
  • 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: Professors: Get No Cost software for your students

    ";" galleryimg="no" mce_src="http://blogs.msdn.com/blogfiles/research/WindowsLiveWriter/ProfessorsGetFreesoftwareforyourstudents_8B81/video5590adc319f9.jpg"> Hey PROFESSORS of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Design: You can get no-cost Software for your students, labs and for your...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: Curriculum for F# part 1, thinking about curriculum for CS

    No picture today, the Community server didn’t want to host it. What the F#, umm, does that work? Oh well, I’ll stick with it for awhile. After all blogs like this are not broadly read, so I figure I can talk about anything I want to. Ok, on to curriculum and pedagogical discussions: So what should a...
  • Blog Post: Building a Microsoft Speech Server using a VPC

    Moved this blog entry to the following URL: http://blogs.msdn.com/socal-sam/archive/2009/01/30/building-a-microsoft-speech-server-using-a-vpc.aspx
  • 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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