Is Google Bad for CS1?

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I've just finished teaching a seven week course called Fundamentals of Web Development. Its an introductory course for potential CS majors and non-majors alike. I enjoyed teaching this course, but I learned something that I think has been right in front of me for years, that became very apparent ...

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Runestone Fall 2014

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School is underway again, and now that we are a few weeks in to the semester I wanted to take a minute to talk about growth. Last year about this time things were still pretty chaotic, with the unexpected success of the books the servers were laboring intensely to keep ...

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On the Denial of Service Attack

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Well its been an interesting week. My daughter is married, and I've been caught in the crossfire of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Webfaction, my hosting provider. I'm quite sure the two are unrelated.

For those of you who have been frustrated in your attempts ...

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The Sous Vide Adventure Begins

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The Sous-vide adventure begins

When we were in Las Vegas last fall, I had the most delicious steak I’ve ever eaten. It was at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill. This blew me away. Although I love a good steak at a restaurant, usually I can do just as well ...

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Development Tips

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Development Tips

I have been writing programs since I was in 9th grade, that would be 35 years (Yikes!)  I have more than put in my 10,000 hours to attain some level of mastery, but I like to think of it as wisdom.  Studies have shown that there can ...

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PyCon 2014 Keynote Shout Out

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I am going to have to go to PyCon. Not next year, as I'm going to be in Malta at the time, but hopefully in 2016. I don't know how many people attend, but the number is big, and they have sold old every year for the past ...

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Moving to Nikola

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When I moved this blog to Octopress in January, it was inspiring in many ways. There were two things that slightly bugged me.

  • Octopress is entirely too ruby based. Rake, and all of that made me feel bad, like I was cheating on Python. Surely there must be a similar ...
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