Creating A Splash Screen in 60 Seconds or Less

I haven’t written a short hint or trick fro Visual Studio in a while but I ran into one tonight that I just had to share. Traditionally creating a splash screen has been a good bit of work, even in Visual Basic. First one had to create the form which while not difficult could be…

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Recursion – See Recursion

It’s nice to see Dave Jacobus blogging about his programming courses again. Looks like all of his classes (IB CS, AP CS and Visual Basic) are all learning about recursion lately. Recursion is a really cool concept. I have to admit though that it took me a while to get the hang of. That may…

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Top 10 Girl Geeks?

OK this list is a little controversial and rightly so. Including Lisa Simpson and Paris Hilton on a list that includes such people as Grace Hopper (my personal hero) and Marie Curie (two time winner of the Nobel Prize) is really insulting. Oh sure Lisa is a geek but she is a cartoon character. Some…

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HP Announces 2007 HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative

I got this via email and thought it worth passing on. A lot of grant opportunities are only available to colleges and universities but this one is open  to K-12 schools. HP Announces 2007 HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative Request for Proposals Available Now! Due February 15, 2007 HP has launched its 2007 HP…

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Inspiration, Imagination, Innovation

Of all the comments that have been made on my most busy post to date  one from Gregg Irwin best captured what I was hoping to do by posting that story. I was hoping to inspire some young people to trying to stretch themselves a bit. I was hoping to encourage people, especially students and…

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Are you ready for Windows Vista? Is your school ready?

Schools that have the full (call it the college edition) MSDN AA program should see Windows Vista as an available option for download today. The high school MSDN AA program doesn’t include operating systems and that is reflected in the much lower cost of course. Very few high schools want to install a new operating…

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Computer Science Education Day is Coming

I was reminded today that Computer Science Education day is December 8th. Visit the official web site for information.  It’s timed to coincide with Grace Hopper’s birthday (which is actually the Saturday but apparently a lot of schools are closed on Saturday.) I’ve hearing from a number of schools that they are having special events,…

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Objects Early, Objects Late, Objects Never?

Sometimes just when you think an argument is over and become a settled issue someone else comes up an reopens it. Sometimes what you discover is that people have been as much beaten into submission as convinced my the arguments. All they were waiting for was someone with some authority or credibility to come alone…

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An Opening To Teach Game Development

Terry Simkin is running an interesting new program at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord New Hampshire. He sent me a job posting for a new position they have there. I’ve copied it below and if you know anyone who might be interested let them know. NHTI is a beautiful campus and a great…

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Why go to college?

If you’ll excuse some gross generalizations for the sake of discussion I think that there are three main goals for various college programs. To prepare people for a job upon graduation To prepare people for a career upon graduation To prepare people for further academic endeavors – research, PhD, etc The difference between a job…

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