Monthly Archives: April 2014

My Home Built Computer

The first commercial microcomputer was the Intel 4004, introduced in 1971. It cost $60, which is $350 in today‚Äôs money. These devices fascinated me, but $350 was too much to spend on something of no practical value. Then in 1976 … Continue reading

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More Teaching Computing

In my last post I talked about teaching Jim how to program using my favorite language, Ruby. Rather than focusing on the syntax and semantics of the Ruby language we are focusing on how to design and build software. There … Continue reading

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Teaching Computing

Recently a friend of mine (I’ll call him Jim – not his name) asked me to teach him how to write computer programs. Since my current favorite language is Ruby, I suggested that he start with one of the Ruby … Continue reading

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