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by nmahoney
Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: There's a time and a date on the front page...
Replies: 177
Views: 36624

Re: There's a time and a date on the front page...

Yoda007 said:


TheShack said: 


Apparently I'm sleeping downstairs tomorrow.


I almost jumped the gun too. Its on Wednesday not tommorow!



And where you wake up Wednesday morning depends on where you sleep tomorrow night!
by nmahoney
Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: An Introduction to Robocode
Replies: 16
Views: 6211

Re: An Introduction to Robocode

<t>Chase said: <br/> <br/> <br/> tl;dr<br/> <br/> Is it really violent enough that a change is required to make it a viable and nondestructive teaching tool?<br/> <br/> <br/> Short answer, no. I see nothing wrong with it as it is and certainly don't consider it too violent.<br/> <br/> It's more a ma...
by nmahoney
Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Startup and Setup
Replies: 16
Views: 3684

Re: Startup and Setup

<t>gimliflea said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I think that bit in the wiki must be a carry over from beagle board or old hardware. I am not sure enough to hack it out. Can someone who knows have a look at it, as it is rather intimidating and confusing cos I cant see anywhere to but my com connector <br/> <br...
by nmahoney
Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:38 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Projects To Try
Replies: 15
Views: 4622

Re: Projects To Try

<t>You could pick a card game you know well.<br/> <br/> Writing code to represent a deck of cards is normally simple enough in any language and should get you thinking about code reuse pretty early on.<br/> <br/> It's also the kind of thing that you can make quite simple then build up in stages. eg:...
by nmahoney
Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Learning materials for older students?
Replies: 44
Views: 8853

Re: Learning materials for older students?

<t>EdwinJ85 said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Hmm, so would you say I should focus on C++ and not managed languages then? I did learn a very small amount a while back using the std library, but then I met some games programmers at a party and they told me that using the std lib is a bad idea. Confused the hec...
by nmahoney
Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:31 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Learning materials for older students?
Replies: 44
Views: 8853

Re: Learning materials for older students?

<r>First off, don't think it's too late to learn. For one thing, in my experience, programmers don't stop learning. New technologies come along and give you something else to learn all the time. Like ArborealSeer I've had to learn new languages quickly because the job required it.<br/> <br/> I also ...
by nmahoney
Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Infant School 'Pi
Replies: 23
Views: 5870

Re: Infant School 'Pi

<t>Prometheus said:<br/> <br/> <br/> If it"s of any help, when I was in infant school, we were introduced to the Turtle at about four or five years of age. The one that my school had, had a hole in it (I think in the middle) to hold a standard marker-pen, and we programmed the thing with the help of...
by nmahoney
Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: An Introduction to Robocode
Replies: 16
Views: 6211

Re: An Introduction to Robocode

<r>Guess it's been longer since I was learning Java than I thought. TeamBots/SoccerBots doesn't seem to have been updated or had any leagues for a while. Oops.<br/> <br/> Still, I agree robocode is a great way to learn programming. A quick google found that someone did implement a football game mode...
by nmahoney
Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: An Introduction to Robocode
Replies: 16
Views: 6211

Re: An Introduction to Robocode

<r>There's also the TeamBots project (<URL url="http://www.teambots.org/">http://www.teambots.org/</URL>) which is similar but without the tanks.<br/> <br/> I used to have great fun with the SoccerBots (<URL url="http://www.teambots.org/Domain.....index.html">http://www.teambots.org/Domain.....index...

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