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ImageCoding Club today.

There’s a chance I may be getting more takers for my ‘Codecademy’ – based coding club at FSCC soon. Several students have shown interest and I look forward to opening up the class towards becoming a more open space with students (including myself) pursuing a number of projects simultaneously. 

If anyone (local, at least) is interested in joining our group, please feel free. We take all comers and look forward to building our numbers with anyone interested in learning, teaching or challenging themselves.

If you’re not local, I’d still be interested in hearing from you if you’d like to start an online learning community tied to codecademy, code school, or any other online resource.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Two minutes into my latest coursera lecture….

Two minutes into my latest coursera lecture (introduction to interactive programming in python) the instructor indicated his frustration in javascript programming saying that it’s a terrible language. This may be the case… so far I don’t have a lot to compare against, but I have been enjoying learning JS in codecademy and I’m dying to know why he thinks so.

If you have experience programming in javascript and python (or other languages…ruby?) let me know if you agree with the above statement and what makes you think so. As a new programmer I am interested in learning as much as possible – if I can understand what faults people see in these languages I think that would be very instructive.

Thanks

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Mastermind – from JS to something useful

So, I admit, I don’t really know what use javascript is. I’ve been studying it at codecademy for a couple of weeks now and used it to put together this mastermind game, but now what?

JS is the language of web applications, so I suppose that I could refine it and somehow integrate it within the downhousesoftware.com website (that’s appealing) but I don’t know the first thing about how to bridge the gap between the actual programming part and the more practical application of that programming.

That is…

How do you place a JS application in your webpage?

How do you add some character and design to the basic functioning of the program (my program works as a series of alerts, no gameboard and worse yet, no visual clues as to what your previous moves and their feedback were)?

Or perhaps, what I find most important, how do I abstract the design of this program and recreate it in another language and in a structure compatible with XCode?

 

I find XCode to be a terribly daunting thing. On the surface, I see the wonder of being able to create and direct actions in a WYSIWYG manner, but then there are all the windows with code on them. How do they all tie together?

This is the kind of hand-holding that I really need to make the transition from having a slight understanding of code and how it works to actually making it work. A prior example of this is Python. Nowadays, the coding language of Python is presumably built in to Apple’s OS. I’ve been told that you can just write code in a text window and use it – I’m afraid that’s only a tantalizing piece of information to me – I should be able to use it – it’s easy! But I haven’t the foggiest notion of where to start! And I mean, really start.

Another example of my confusion could easily have been Javascript. I would happily work along the codecademy exercises, but have no idea whatsoever about where I could practice or ever use this. Luckily, the good people at codecademy foresaw this as a problem and have provided a web-based solution in the form of codecademyLabs – a practice place where one can create and run programs. This was the only way I could ever have taken on the Mastermind challenge.

Now XCode is a similar problem. At least I can see where to program (kind of), but now I am boggled by the volume of files and windows.

 

My goal at this point is to take what I’ve made and use it to demonstrate how one navigates the app submission process with Apple. I apologize, but this might take a while.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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