Could you organize a collaborative research project?

Using free stuff from Microsoft, could you organize a research project that was collaborative and be able to reach out all over the world for data and resources?  Currently I have a relative that has PMP, an extremely rare type of cancer, about 300 cases in the year occur in the US, maybe 6,000 cases…

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WTF#: Using F# to calculate Ballistics part 2

It was a quiet weekend here at Dana By the Sea, our neighbor’s son has apologized, of course in most any other neighborhood or time, his actions would have been of little note.  But in these times of tightly packed urban neighborhoods and news like the recent shootings everyone is nervous.  When I was a…

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NASA chooses Microsoft to make space flight data more public

WOW! Take a look at the press pass (the news organ for Microsoft) at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/mar09/03-24NASADataPR.mspx NASA press release: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2009/mar/HQ_09-067_Microsoft_WorldWide_Telescope.html The deeper detail of the data share is to be revealed, right now, it is providing photo data.  My need is to be able to get the data in a useable form that isn’t “open source”. …

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WTF#: Changing the curriculum on programming for scientists and engineers

Changing the curriculum for Physics Majors and Engineers, as we can see, the process to prepare people who might be engineers and scientists (except for the computer scientists) need to have some modifications.  First of all, the process of training engineers and scientists appears to be modified, the computer scientist students need different approaches, they…

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WTF#: Could F# have saved the Mars Climate Orbiter?

  The Mars Climate Orbiter likely failed due to one sensor passing data in the wrong units to the central processing units on the MCO.  I have created a first cut demonstrating the use of the dimensional analysis capabilities in F#.  It is a simple idea, but one that helps the engineers and scientists to…

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WTF#: F#, and the Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO) crash in 1998

OMG: Slide Rules and F#, ‘sup with that?  World of Twitter, Facebook, $300 computers running Windows 7, why would I even mention this arcane tool?  F# and Slide Rules have something in common: Dimensional Analysis. In F# you can use dimensional analysis to implement your programs.  What does this mean?  You can save $250,000,000 in…

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WTF#: Syllabus for the rest of the students at a university, with a focus on Functional Programming

Information science and computer science pretty much control the programming classes and curriculum at the universities, colleges and trade schools.  Most of the training is either to implement and manage systems or how to write programs and think about new problems and solutions.  It is all good and needed, but what about the rest of…

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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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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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