[clipart]When I started programming it was on the Commodore 64 (uh oh, you know this is going to be a long story - go take a piss first). I started with Basic and then eventually moved to assembly language to try and write a Bard's Tale clone with a friend. We got pretty far. I just came across the notebooks where I had scribbled all those assembly routines too - great times! But by the time we got close to having something we could call a game, Commodore had lost the battle and the IBM PC clone market was taking off. Different instruction set, different hardware and capabilities. Doh! Read the rest of this entry ...

§850 · May 7, 2010 · Software, Technology, Web · 4 comments · Tags: ,

Why don't Comp.Sci professors give out extra credit to students who submit patches to open source projects? I'm sure profs could come up with some scoring system based on the complexity of the patch and the amount of effort involved (size of code base, subject matter, etc). This would get the student out of pure theoretical assignments and give them real-world experience with software problems. About the only challenge I see with this idea is that a student may get 90% of the way through working on a patch and someone else (outside the school) comes in and scoops them. For this, a prof could still give some points for 'trying' if there was proof of the work.

§488 · August 15, 2008 · Software, Technology · Comments Off on Patches For Credits · Tags: ,