January Interim Course in Thailand
Posted on April 19, 2014
The Department of Computer Science is offering an overseas, mission-oriented interim course for January, 2015. We will visit Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, and participate in software development for cross-cultural, Christian applications. For more information, see CS W60 – Christian Computing in Thailand.
Prof. Adams Writes Two New Books
Posted on March 5, 2014
Prof. Adams has written two new introductory programming books, using the latest version of Alice:
- Alice 3 in Action: Computing Through Animation, a 6-chapter introduction to animation, programming, and story-telling.
- Alice 3 in Action with Java, a 14-chapter introduction to programming; six with Alice 3 and eight with Java.
Both books introduce students to object-oriented programming concepts, including object-oriented design, objects and methods, control structures, data structures, and events.
Alice is 3D animation software from Carnegie Mellon that lets people build sophisticated 3D animations in Java, using a drag-and-drop integrated development environment that eliminates syntax errors.
The new version uses 3D models donated by Electronic Arts, from its “The Sims” line of games.
Hot Computing Skills for 2014
Posted on January 16, 2014
This ComputerWorld article makes a number of interesting points, including specific technical skills that CIOs are seeking this year, that the unemployment rate is between 3 and 3.5 percent, and these graphics:
Abstraction Club Refurbishes Computers for School in Nicaragua
Posted on December 3, 2011
The Calvin News Service recently posted this news story about the Computer Science and Information Systems club “Abstraction”.
The Computing Careers Market
Posted on November 11, 2008
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, between now and 2018, there will far more jobs in software engineering than in all other kinds of engineering combined, and far more network administration/analysis jobs than (non-software) engineering jobs combined. See our Computing Careers Market page for the details.
Relatedly, CNN-Money magazine recently rated Software Architect as their Best Job In America.