Artificial Intelligence and Game Programming

Recently the Advanced Placement Computer Science mailing list had an exchange looking for ideas/suggestions for games that students could program artificial intelligence routines for. A number of suggestions came out – Connect Four, Abalone, Kalah and  3D Tic Tac Toe for example. There was some discussion that regular tic tac toe was too easy. Another…

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Interesting Links 29 November 2010

I hope everyone (US anyway) had a great Thanksgiving last week. For me it was a good time with fun, food and family. We had a great time with my new Kinect sensor with Xbox 360. A great way to work off Thanksgiving dinner. With much of the week off (hooray for a 5 day…

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Does Learning Computer Science help anything else?

When something I think about a good deal turns up in two or more blogs written by other people my feeling is that this is a sign that I should blog about it. Blogging helps me get my thoughts in order. So when Mark Guzdial writes “Computer Science as a Path to Computer Application Efficacy”…

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Imagine Cup Insider–Announcing IC Solve This

Turn Your Ideas Into Action! Imagine a world where global Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGO’s), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and non-profits partner with brilliant and passionate student developers – like you – to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. We are launching a new program called Imagine Cup Solve This where you can to do just that!…

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Student Access to the AppHub for Windows Phone 7

One of the many benefits of the DreamSpark program, besides all of the free software, is access to the AppHub for submitting Windows Phone 7 applications for sale for free. Businesses and other individuals have to pay to join the App Hub and submit apps to the system. The process for getting started can be…

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Interesting Links 22 November 2010

Had an interesting end of the week last week. I visited the Bergen County Academies on Friday and on Saturday I attended a meeting of the Northern New Jersey CSTA Chapter. I was able to visit with some teachers I have known for a while and to meet some new (to me) teachers. All in…

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Wisdom in Lists–Really?

Like a lot of people I have an affection for lists that condense a lot of wisdom into a brief set of statements or items. Some time ago I wrote a series of posts on Programming Proverbs for example. That list (reproduced at the bottom of this post) came from a book that was every…

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Pledge to Participate in and be a Supporter of Computer Science Education Week!

Computer Science Education week is December 5-11, 2010 this year. ACM and the chair of CSed Week steering committer are asking people to sign up and pledge to support CSed Week. I understand that a new CSed Week web site “will be rolling out on November 29, and will encourage students, teachers, industry, and university…

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Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners

I’m excited about this. It is a series of videos designed as a four day workshop for learning Windows Phone 7 development. And it is for absolute beginners not seasoned professional developers. It’s from Microsoft’s Channel 9 team and so the production quality as well as the technical information is rock solid. May be just…

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Interesting Links 15 November 2010

I got a new Xbox 360 with a Kinect device last week. I spent much of a day “testing” it out and some evenings playing it with my wife. Kinect Adventures can be a real workout. So can Dance Central. I wonder how long before we see Kinect devices in schools and senior centers and…

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