F#, Imperative Languages and Identifiers

OMG!  I got pulled off my usual job of doing a bunch of things and have been focused on getting students involved in the Imagine Cup Software Design Invitational in the United States.  Then it was Christmas and I ate to many cookies, etc.  Finally I ignored my one comment from a int19h, and when…

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F# variables or a return to BASIC?

In the example I used in the past post utilized the “let” command and it didn’t have any data type, what’s up with that?  Oh it gets worse, the identifier (not variable) are immutable.  That is the memory location of the identifier cannot be modified.  To create an mutable identifier you have to declare the identifier…

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Using F# to solve a standard engineering problem

F# has many interesting features, such as the use of lists, maps, and so forth. There are many blogs and websites dedicated to discussing the computer science side of F#, and for good reason the language supports these types of efforts. However, what about the rest of the computational users, for instance engineering students who…

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Happy Birthday John Blackus, inventor of FORTRAN

Dec. 3 is the birthday of John Blackus, he was one of the principle inventors of FORTRAN, see the article found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FORTRAN In my opinion, John Blackus best quote describing a motivation to continue to create programming systems: · “Much of my work has come from being lazy. I didn’t like writing programs, and…

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Software Ethics

In research, there is a need to have a set of ethics.  Software, as well as Electrical Engineers are ask to follow the ethics: http://www.acm.org/about/code-of-ethics/#sect1 , the high level considerations are: 1. General Moral Imperatives 1.1 Contribute to society and human well-being. 1.2 Avoid harm to others. 1.3 Be honest and trustworthy. 1.4 Be fair…

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How to connect the Live Instant Messenger with your XBox control

It has be awhile since I blogged.  Thanks for coming back or joining this long trip into using Research.  Now I have walked you through the process of taking an idea and moving it into a real project, we have not completed the process.  I hope that you have downloaded the ECMAScript standard and took…

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Looking at the code inside of our trial code…

Hopefully you gave the code from Friday a try, Popfly should be used for that type of code, since there is that banner that advises people to not input their password, etc.  Now that you have run your tests, make sure to change your site or remove it. Using Visual Studio 2008 Web Developer Express…

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Yippee, Popfly Web page will support Instant Messaging

I just tested the IM capabilities of the Popfly server, and it works!  Slowly, you have a delay of a few seconds when the messages are sent and received.  But to do our tests of the Sensor Touch, we can live with that.  Remember this is a test of concept, not the final product.  The…

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Somewhere to show you how to get started creating your Sensor Touch

It can be difficult to get started, and fortunately there is a web page that you can use to start experimenting with an accessible web page.  You will have to use the View Source to check out the code, on IE7 you would use the Page button and then select the “View Source” you will…

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So now you got the idea from research, how do you implement the idea?

We got the idea that it would be a good idea to create the sensor touch.  The process would interface an instant message nudge with an Xbox controller for our proof of concept.  If we were going to implement the idea for profit, our package would look different, but before we spend any money on…

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