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Aug
17th

Manipulate Images with ImageMagick

Author: Dave Taylor | Files under syndicated

In my last
article
, I had some fun looking at the children’s game of rock,
paper, scissors, writing a simple simulator and finding out that some
strategies are better than others. Yes, I used “strategy” and
“rock, paper, scissors” in the same sentence!
more>>


Jul
28th

Gabriel Ford, Sadie Ford and Melissa Ford’s Hello, Scratch!

Author: James Gray | Files under syndicated

In the new book Hello, Scratch! (published by Manning Publications), parents and
kids work together to learn programming skills, but not in just any
old way. They create new versions of old retro-style arcade games with
the Scratch open-source visual programming language from the MIT Media
Lab.
more>>


Jul
24th

Rogue Wave Software’s Zend Studio

Author: James Gray | Files under syndicated

The quick pitch for Rogue Wave Software’s Zend Studio, recently updated to
version 13.6, is “the PHP IDE for smarter development”. Zend Studio
13.6, says Rogue Wave, offers 3X faster performance in indexing, validation
and searching of PHP code, and it allows users to code faster, debug more easily and
leverage the massive performance gains in PHP 7. more>>


Jul
18th

Scissors, Paper or Rock?

Author: Dave Taylor | Files under syndicated

In this article, I’m going to tackle a children’s game that’s extraordinarily
complicated, with many variations, and the programming task is going to be quite
tricky. Just kidding! Rock Paper Scissors (or RPS, as it’s known) is
pretty darn easy to simulate because there aren’t really many variants or
possible outcomes.
more>>


Jun
30th

FreeDOS Is 23 Years Old, and Counting

Author: Jim Hall | Files under syndicated

The FreeDOS Project has just reached its 23rd birthday! This is a major
milestone for any free software or open-source software project.
more>>


Jun
13th

Is the Moon Waxing or Waning?

Author: Dave Taylor | Files under syndicated

In my last
article
, I talked about the complications of
calculating the phase of the moon and decided simply to scrape the same website that Google uses.
more>>


Jun
9th

AdaCore’s GNAT Pro, CodePeer, QGen and SPARK Pro

Author: James Gray | Files under syndicated

AdaCore recently announced the concurrent annual release of four flagship
products in its portfolio of software development and verification
tools for mission-critical, safety-critical and security-critical
systems. These include version 17.1 of GNAT Pro, CodePeer, QGen and SPARK
Pro.
more>>


May
25th

The Current Phase of the Moon

Author: Dave Taylor | Files under syndicated

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve left Mars. Well, at least I’m done with the
Martian lander from my past few articles. I hope you had chance to experiment with
it and find out that it’s not too easy to land a craft on any planet!
more>>


May
23rd

The Family Dashboard

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

I’ve written a little about PHP before, because I think it’s a great
utility language for writing quick things you need to do. Plus, it
allows you to use a web browser as your interface, and everyone has
a web browser. That makes it very convenient for my family, because I
can make simple web interfaces for the various things I normally have to
do from the command line. more>>


Apr
18th

Wrapping Up the Mars Lander

Author: Dave Taylor | Files under syndicated

In my last few articles (“Let’s Go
to Mars with Martian Lander”
and “Mars
Lander, Take II: Crashing onto the Surface”
), I’ve been building a variant on the classic video
game Lunar Lander, with a few simplificatio more>>