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by andywe
Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:32 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Linking a Pi to the Physical world
Replies: 12
Views: 3427

Re: Linking a Pi to the Physical world

<t>Quote:<br/> <br/> <br/> I don't know if it's available yet — but I also think it would be neat!<br/> <br/> So, how likely is it?<br/> <br/> Well, the Arduino tool chain is GCC, which generally works on ARM.<br/> <br/> And the IDE is built on Java, which generally works on ARM.<br/> <br/> And the ...
by andywe
Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: OpenGL and CSharp - OpenTK
Replies: 2
Views: 3239

Re: OpenGL and CSharp - OpenTK

<t>One of this years challenges has been to develop a fast paced C# programming course for computer game programming that also covers OpenGL within a .Net context.<br/> <br/> In the course of doing this I came across OpenTK - which is, essentially, a wrapper around OpenGL, OpenGL ES ....<br/> <br/> ...
by andywe
Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Scientific Python
Replies: 20
Views: 10329

Re: Scientific Python

<t>'Tis a pity that Scientific Python is perceived as such an "esoteric" subject ...<br/> <br/> It is an excellent framework for building all kinds of interesting educational applications ...<br/> <br/> From the perspective of Computing and Schools ... it should allow teachers (when not hammered by ...
by andywe
Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming
Replies: 18
Views: 3609

Re: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming

<t>While talking about declarative vs. procedural languages ...<br/> <br/> I have been busy updating a JUnit course for a large multi-national publisher ... and this involved updating materials covering mocking frameworks ...<br/> <br/> JMock2 has quite an interesting DSL underlying it ...<br/> <br/...
by andywe
Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Raspberrypi and Android
Replies: 16
Views: 6041

Re: Raspberrypi and Android

<t>JamesH said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I"m still of the opinion that using Linux + a desktop as your core teaching platform is a much better bet than using Android. Android just introduces a load more hassle you really don"t need. Slower and less language availability, fewer apps to help with coding (bas...
by andywe
Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Raspberry PI with an arduino...
Replies: 26
Views: 16250

Re: Raspberry PI with an arduino...

<t>joep said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I"m planning on building an remote procedure call system over the SPI so that for example one could simply issue a call on the RPi and execute functions on the Arduino to do things like set outputs, read the A/Ds, input buttons or keypads, etc. Multiple Arduinos could...
by andywe
Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: RaspberryPi, Processing and Arduino ...
Replies: 14
Views: 6488

Re: RaspberryPi, Processing and Arduino ...

<r>alecthegeek said: <br/> <br/> <br/> My perception is that a RasPi + GertBoard (<URL url="http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/411">http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/411</URL>) would make an Arduino redundant, assuming that the market starts producing new add on boards in the same way it has for ...
by andywe
Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: RaspberryPi, Processing and Arduino ...
Replies: 14
Views: 6488

Re: RaspberryPi, Processing and Arduino ...

<t>potmead said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I Currently use an Arduino to run my home made weather station, which outputs raw data on the usb to my desktop where i have some Tcl scripts to extract the data, process it and save to a sqlite database. I would be very interested in interfacing the Arduino to a R...
by andywe
Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: What should RaspberryPi workshops for teachers cover ?
Replies: 0
Views: 784

Re: What should RaspberryPi workshops for teachers cover ?

<t>I plan to start running some RaspberryPi workshhops in the new year ... once I have had a chance to experiment with the boards ...<br/> <br/> Initially, I plan to adapt various FTT courses and workshops for Linux and Embedded Linux - both scripting, traditional C/C++ programming as well as Kernel...
by andywe
Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming
Replies: 18
Views: 3609

Re: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming

<t>Thanks for the mention of Scratch ...<br/> I downloaded a recent CAS newsletter ... and came across a reference to Scratch for Arduino (S4A) ...<br/> So downloaded the source code and binaries ...<br/> Then I followed up some more links ... which took me to the Greenbush labs site ...<br/> where ...
by andywe
Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming
Replies: 18
Views: 3609

Re: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming

I would seriously recommend SWI prolog ...
It has all sorts of nice features e.g. for developing prolog based gui applications,
for natural language processing ... etc.
by andywe
Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming
Replies: 18
Views: 3609

Re: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming

<r>Quote Jamesh: Prolog. Only weird people can program Prolog <E>;-)</E> . Did a year of it at University. Never really got the hang of it.<br/> What a shame ... have you read Clocksin and Mellish<br/> Prolog (IMHO) is quite a specialist language ... related to reasoners and theorem provers ....<br/...
by andywe
Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming
Replies: 18
Views: 3609

Re: Declarataive vs. Procedural Programming

<r>I did a quick search for the keyword \'declarative\' and did not find any hits ...<br/> Hence this thread ...<br/> Its relevant to teaching programming ( as opposed to ICT ) ... see various contributions in this forum ...<br/> As software becomes more and more complex and frameworks get more and ...
by andywe
Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: UK Government: Children to be taught programming
Replies: 93
Views: 13739

Re: UK Government: Children to be taught programming

<r>Quote: Abishur - If you have a moment, would you mind enumerating what your concerns are sans pop jargon and ellipses? I'm no Miss Cleo, I need the full sentence to know where you're going <E>;)</E> (just an aside, I'm not asking this as a moderator, just as a curious forum member <E>:)</E> )<br/...
by andywe
Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: UK Government: Children to be taught programming
Replies: 93
Views: 13739

Re: UK Government: Children to be taught programming

<t>Quote: I'm hoping to set up a CAS Hub in Ipswich next year. You will note, I hope, that Ipswich is not "rich and privileged".<br/> ... ah ... but at least there is (or was ?) Martlesham close by ...<br/> Two of the brightest students I had on an embedded Linux kernel and device driver programming...
by andywe
Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: UK Government: Children to be taught programming
Replies: 93
Views: 13739

Re: UK Government: Children to be taught programming

<t>Quote:<br/> My argument is not against CAS per se. ...<br/> It is about "empowerment" and about social inequalities ...<br/> Guildford is a very rich and privileged area ...<br/> It and its surroundings (e.g. Godalming) have some fine grammar and public schools<br/> And, I actually taught in one ...
by andywe
Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: UK Government: Children to be taught programming
Replies: 93
Views: 13739

Re: UK Government: Children to be taught programming

<t>Quote:P.S. In view of your dream, I assume that you saw the National Curriculum review expert panel report today. CAS helped inform that. And last time I looked the National Curriculum applied to state schools. In fact....<br/> <br/> I have now gone through (first pass only) ... the primary and s...
by andywe
Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: UK Government: Children to be taught programming
Replies: 93
Views: 13739

Re: UK Government: Children to be taught programming

<r>Re jacklang and scep observations<br/> Thank you for the criticisms ... they are well taken.<br/> I am glad to hear that CAS is an open and quite diverse group ...<br/> I also take the point about "inverted snobbery" ...<br/> I did not intend an "ad hominem" attack , veiled or otherwise, ... apol...
by andywe
Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:03 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: UK Government: Children to be taught programming
Replies: 93
Views: 13739

Re: UK Government: Children to be taught programming

<t>Quote: (from scep) As it happens, I do. (Or at least, Computing at School does.)<br/> I've taken a look at both links ...<br/> A social observation ...<br/> High percentage of grammar school, fair smattering of oxbridge types and a well know "functional programming language" guru ...<br/> Where a...
by andywe
Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:24 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: RaspberryPi, Processing and Arduino ...
Replies: 14
Views: 6488

Re: RaspberryPi, Processing and Arduino ...

<t>Still no raspberryPi boards ...<br/> So .... experimenting with some current embedded Linux boards together with Arduino<br/> [ beagleboardMX, beagleBone and some USB boards from Calao systems ] talking to AVR Arduino's and Chipkit Arduino's<br/> and, also, tinkering with libusb based application...
by andywe
Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: UK Government: Children to be taught programming
Replies: 93
Views: 13739

Re: UK Government: Children to be taught programming

<t>I was thinking about much more than GPIO ... being able to turn a few relays on and off, to flash some LEDs in pretty patterns is pretty standard stuff ... you don't need a Gertboard to do that, even though the design looks cute and it will be fun to tinker around with it ...<br/> I was thinking ...
by andywe
Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: UK Government: Children to be taught programming
Replies: 93
Views: 13739

Re: UK Government: Children to be taught programming

<t>Quote: (re Arduino) but you can hardly build a curriculum around it....<br/> I take your point, however, there are a number of interactive art degree courses where a large part of the course is built around Arduino and Processing (the IDE) ...<br/> If you look at the Robotiq web site ... navigate...
by andywe
Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: UK Government: Children to be taught programming
Replies: 93
Views: 13739

Re: UK Government: Children to be taught programming

<t>Quote: That's the problem (though I'm not sure that "fun" is the right word). We need active creators - -not passive, slack-jawed consumers.<br/> Maybe "fun" is the right word ...<br/> In 2009 I ran an Arduino all day workshop and UKUUG, and in 2010 a similar Arduino workshop at Europython 2010, ...
by andywe
Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: UK Government: Children to be taught programming
Replies: 93
Views: 13739

Re: UK Government: Children to be taught programming

<t>Quote: promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing.<br/> <br/> Computing is not programming.<br/> <br/> Point taken ... but I can't let you off the hook so lightly ...<br/> Computer science does involve prog...
by andywe
Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: UK Government: Children to be taught programming
Replies: 93
Views: 13739

Re: UK Government: Children to be taught programming

<r>Quote: In exactly the same way a very complex ink, made from proprietary ingredients, can help teach children how to write.<br/> I like the analogy ... but am not so sure ... you can write using chalk on a blackboard, and complex coloured inks are great for artists, or those who write in purple o...

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