ACM Student Membership

September 27, 2007

ACM Quick Join Application Form
“Join today as an ACM Student Member with a Digital Library subscription and receive access to: 2,200 FREE online courses and 500 FREE online books, over 40 computing publications online and over one million bibliographic citations AND you’ll also receive a FREE ACM Flip-Top Calculator while supplies last.” The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) is one of the two most prestigious professional organizations in the computer field (the other is IEEE Computing). I highly recommend to join in order to receive the professional journals that will help you keep up with the changes and issues in our field.


Confessions of a Terrible Programmer

September 26, 2007

Kickin the Darkness: Confessions of a Terrible Programmer
“I’m a terrible programmer. … I still put bugs in my code, use the wrong types for variables or subprogram arguments, forget to make the right library calls, mess up the expression in an if statement, and on and on and on now for 25 years. …The odd thing though about the programs I design and write is that once they’re delivered to the customer or as a baseline release they usually work like they’re supposed to, which would seem to be surprising given that such a terrible programmer wrote them.”  The author of this blog entry has some excellent suggestions on how to deliver good code when you don’t naturally write good code. Recommended (via Reddit)

Computer Programming Grading Rubric

September 24, 2007

Computer Programming Grading Rubric, CECS Grading These guidelines are an excellent self-check to see if your programs are professional, amateur or unacceptable. It clearly identifies important quality characteristics (specifications, readability, reusablity, documentation, delivery and efficiency) and clearly describes what is expected.

Sample Certification Problem

September 21, 2007

Wendell’s Blog In this posting on Wendell’s blog there is a sample question from the certification exam that you should already be able to answer. Wendell Odum has written some excellent CCNA exam preparation books and so far his blog seems pretty good too. Check it out!

Microsoft Compatibility Pack for Office 2007 File Formats

September 21, 2007

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats
“By installing the Compatibility Pack to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able to open, edit, and save files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007.” Install this tool in older versions of Microsoft Office in order to use the new formats without needing to buy the new Office 2007.

IP Addressing and Subnetting

September 21, 2007

Real Networkers Don’t Use Decimal, Part 1 and Part 2. These are my PowerPoint presentations introducing IP Addressing and simple subnetting. As you can tell from the title this delves into the binary form of addresses which I find easier to work with.

Why Your Code Sucks

September 5, 2007 “If you are like most, and possibly even all, programmers (this author humblely included) then your code sucks. Maybe not all of it, and maybe not all the time, but certainly some of it, some of the time.” A succinct article identifying common coding problems and how to avoid them. (via dzone)