Creative Coding Week One

By: sandiquiz , 10:51 AM GMT on June 03, 2014

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Well, Day One is over, and although I was exhausted, I feel I should be able to keep up, even if it is at my own pace, and not at the pace of many who are nearly 50 years my junior!

Reading through the threads on the 'Welcome' page there are folk from all around the world on this course!

After signing the 'Code of Conduct' and the University rules and security, I am not able to post course material, but telling you, in my own words, what I am doing, should be OK.

DAY 1

I spent over 8 hours today just loading the processing programme and getting to grips with what it does... even following the course notes I got lost several times, eventually deleting the programme and starting again I had also to go on to Uncle Google to find out how to "un-zip" a file, as it is something I have never done before.... but now know how to do it!

To make matters worse there are many on the course who are young coding whiz-kids, or experts in the coding field, who insist on posting, in the open discussion threads, that they have done it... found it easy, and are ready for the next section!

Our task for week one is to write our name using our mouse, then edit it and insert colour..... did you know that "mice" can't draw... well mine can't, anyway!

At the end of day one I was mentally exhausted, but, I'll come back at it fresh tomorrow - that is if I can find whereabouts on the hard drive I have "saved" everything!!

DAY 2

After doing some household tasks, and grocery shopping, I made a coffee and sat down at the computer ready to recap on what I did yesterday....and the site is down! It says they are "upgrading", and tell me to.....

"Grab a quick cup of tea while we do a bit of maintenance work. We’ll be back in a few minutes"


Erm, I don't drink tea, and have already got a coffee! lol


DAY 3

I have completed week one, I can now relax, deal with other pressing matters, or just "play" with what I have learnt.

At the end of the 15 sections there was a self assessment test, luckily with the chance to "have another go".
I got 80% correct on my own, and needed a "clue" for the last one, as I think I miss read it.

Check out comment #16 to see if you can work it out! lol

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45. JanesVacation
1:44 PM GMT on June 16, 2014
Wow, good for you for learning the coding. I have 7th and 8th grade students that have kept me learning new things. I signed us all up for Khan Academy and ended up doing the lessons with the kids. They were much better and faster than I was (of course!) We all learned something and they liked the self paced environment. I think it was Java script. I have to admit that it isn't really to my liking - but I agree we have to stretch our brains to keep them young!

LOVE your garden photos, I'm ready to just think about flowers until school begins again in September!!!
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44. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:00 PM GMT on June 09, 2014
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43. WeatherWise
11:41 AM GMT on June 09, 2014
Hi Sandi, It's Monday - so I am guessing you are back onto your creative coding.
Happy Monday! Hope your week is wonderful!

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42. GardenGrrl
10:18 AM GMT on June 09, 2014
Good Morning, Oh My! The rain storm just got here way ahead of what the radar is showing. Gotta go now. LOL, the TV weather man just said the radar isn't showing the speed of the storm. It's prolific.
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41. WeatherWise
10:20 PM GMT on June 08, 2014
Your screen door sounds like a major project, Sandi. I read about it perhaps over on Briar's blog. Too bad about that stain balking on you. I really dislike having to do stuff over again. Good luck! Guess it was good for your brain after all the intense work all week to just do a hands on project. My five babies had their heads bobbing today. It is hard to capture that in photo. I have not uploaded them from the camera, yet but think I may have gotten one shot with 4 heads up. It was a bit clouded over so just took the photo of them inside the box. I will post a shot soon.
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40. palmettobug53
2:25 PM GMT on June 08, 2014
Hi, Sandi.

I hope you're finding something nice to do today or do you have homework?

Give Max a skritch under the chin from Auntie Bug.

Bogon, just seeing those equations caused my eyes to glaze over, even if they're not really algebraic ones.

Did I spell that right? lol

Hubby has taken the truck to purchase a new mower. Our current one just exploded. I've never seen a mower explode before. Die? Yes. Explode? No.
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39. GardenGrrl
9:59 AM GMT on June 08, 2014
Hi, it is 81f here at 4:43am. Really hope the rain shows up to cool things off a bit.

Kind of sounds like they should have a pre-requisite course for this course you are taking. You know, something that teaches a bit of the language (math use, terms, refreshers) and concepts of programming before dumping people off into it. Seems approaching coding this way will eventually lead to a kind of elitism of those who are "code literate" and those who are at their mercy as society becomes more and more computer oriented.
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38. Ylee
7:18 AM GMT on June 08, 2014
One thing I learned from staining wood was if you use a too fine sandpaper to get the wood smooth, the stain won't penetrate the wood very well. I once sanded some maple with some 400 grit sandpaper till it shone, then watched as the stain just sat on top of the wood!

Hope you have a relaxing Sunday!
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37. WeatherWise
8:43 PM GMT on June 07, 2014
Yep, I saw that +++ stuff and figured it meant something that included brainwork and I just pretended I did not see them or hoped they would cancel each other out. I made it in math okay but my brother was the Math Major in college and taught all the high level math and was head of the Math dept at his high school. He could have gone on much farther in the industry field with his head for Math. However he had the calling for teaching others high level Math. All of the nieces and nephews recall phone sessions and special trips for help from Uncle John to get through their math classes in college. Even after he retired students would come to his house for special tutoring session at no charge. He just loved to help them. Hope your coding sessions do not get any more complicated though I am sure they will if that is only WEEK ONE! Enjoy your Weekend!
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36. Bogon
8:19 PM GMT on June 07, 2014
ALGEBRA! ACK!
I hated math in school!!!!

Relax, you guys are off the hook! It looks like algebra, but it's not.

For instance, the '=' symbol is for assignment, not equality. "b = 5" means "store the value 5 in the variable named b". There is a different binary operator, '==', that is used to test for equality.

When you're programming a computer, the machine does most of the math. :o)

I started to say "all the math", but that's not entirely true. The programmer has to know the limits of the system. Sometimes that requires a bit of manual computation to avoid problems like overflow.
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35. clearlakemike
6:46 PM GMT on June 07, 2014
I hated math in school!!!! ugh. The only math course I ever got an 'A' in was Statistics. For some odd reason my mind could wrap itself around that niche of mathematics easily. I got good grades in Cobol computer programming also. But I started taking it when one had only computer cards and a key punch machine to use and found it a bit boring. In retrospect, if I had known where it was all going at the time I might have stuck with it. Didn't have very good, if indifferent, academic advisory, unfortunately.
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34. palmettobug53
4:24 PM GMT on June 07, 2014
What is this strange language being used in Sandi's blog? I dinna ken any of it. Wait... it's..... it's... it's maths! ALGEBRA!

ACK!

It took me three tries to get out of Algebra I in high school. Flunked it the first year. Flunked it the second year. Went to summer school. I think the teacher either graded summer school on a curve, passed me out of pity or passed me to keep from having to see me in her class until she retired.

I remember the sessions I had with Dad over my algebra homework. He found it easy as pie. Plain as the nose on his face. He'd try to coach me and would get frustrated and upset with me because I couldn't 'see' it like he did. He'd wind up shouting and I'd wind up crying and Mama would be trying to calm us both down. I think I got Mama's math genes instead of Dad's. Algebra didn't make sense to her, either.

My cousin got the math genes. Big time. She majored in math at Clemson, then stayed for her Masters. She works in research at Michelin. No one knows anything about exactly what she does; not even her parents. It's all top secret - that industrial espionage thing forces them to keep the lid on.

I see you changed things up. Went from mental exercise to physical. You need tylenol and a thorough soaking in a hot tub.

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33. whitewabit (Mod)
3:29 PM GMT on June 07, 2014
see your temperatures have warmed up nicely !!

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32. sandiquiz
3:23 PM GMT on June 07, 2014
Hi Pros and GG - I am sure my head might explode next week! IF I find I am spending much more than the allotted 8-10 hours a week on studying, I might give up. It cost me nothing this year, but last week it took me almost 20 hours to get through the weeks exercises! I am sure someone with coding knowledge could have done it in a quarter of the time, but me, the coding novice, has to work much harder!!

My neighbours are due back in the next hour or so, so I have fed three extra cats for the last time. I am so glad I have one, short haired cat that hardly ever moults. My friend has two long-haired cats, and a hardwood floor. The amount of fluff I swept up this morning - enough to fill a pillow!
AND I brushed them both each morning, too!

I am still stiff from yesterdays exploits, and then today, to make matters worse, the stain I used must have been an old batch, or something. When I went to the frame today, 24 hours after I put on the first coat, the stain is still wet and comes off on my hands. So I assisted it... I scraped off as much as I could, wiped it over with white spirit, then when it is totally dry, I will sand it over and begin again with a new, and different brand of, stainer!!
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31. GardenGrrl
8:43 PM GMT on June 06, 2014
Oy! This makes my brain hurt. The fire alarm is sure to go off next.
Glad you have found a challenge. I'm impressed by what you have done so far.
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30. Proserpina
7:25 PM GMT on June 06, 2014
You are magnificently talented! And lucky to understand all of the stuff you are learning in your course! To me, this stuff is a foreign language!

I came by to thank you and Vee for the help given in 'administering' my 'winnings'! First, I am grateful to Vee for the competition and the awards. And I thank you for helping out in donating my awarded dinero/vouchers (?) to your favorite charity. By the way, I had never heard of this group but how wonderful that they do exist and help people lost at sea! I have mentioned before that my mom and I were in a cyclone when crossing the ocean in 1953. The ship came close to sinking and us with it! But maybe a group such as this might have rescued us! In any event, good choice Sandi, and thank you.

Love your blog, although my testa dura (hard head) has a hard time comprehending the techniques....
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29. sandiquiz
4:27 PM GMT on June 06, 2014
Bogon - I am glad my course has helped you find a new toy on your computer....which function key was it? I bet I don't have that!

Thank you for the link to big and little. I have looked, but more thorough reading and digesting, is in order!

Ylee - there is a brief note from Oz in her blog....she is having technical difficulties. At the moment I I do not know when she is due to leave, but yes, we are hoping to meet up again.


I have been busy today, outside, building a screen door for the conservatory. I ache in areas I didn't know I had!

Time to get up from my recliner and attempt to cook dinner! BBL
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28. Ylee
2:11 AM GMT on June 06, 2014
Sandi, do you know if Ozgalah has left on her trip yet? Weren't you two supposed to meet up at some point?

I would've picked (a), too!
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27. Bogon
10:56 AM GMT on June 05, 2014
Last night I was sitting in front of the television, but I wasn't really paying attention. I was thinking how I could probably write a paragraph about each line in your sample program. The code is pretty simple, but knowledge I gained in the course of learning and using half a dozen different programming languages was clamoring for attention.

It's gratifying to know that I got the right answer. I was able to do that because of the similarity in syntax between Java and C, C++ or C#. After noodling around Wikipedia this morning I realized I don't know as much as I thought I did. I have never used Java.

Sure, some things, like the unary ++ operator, are the same as in C. Other things, such as the int declaration, may be different. Java runs on a virtual machine. What does that mean, exactly? I'm pretty sure that 'int' allocates a 32-bit signed integer variable. How dependent on the underlying hardware is the internal representation of that integer? I don't know. In principle it could be all virtual all the time. In practice you might still have to worry about which is the big end.

Ha! Talk about serendipity... as I was typing the second paragraph looking for the '#' symbol, I accidentally hit one of the function keys. Up popped a window from my browser, "This is the Javascript Scratchpad". So I have found a new toy.
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26. sandiquiz
5:39 AM GMT on June 05, 2014
Morning all,
It is grey and damp, again....great weather for ducks!

Data - the way the first week of the course was put together enabled me to use a pre-set programme to activate the initial design, but then change it or add to it to make it something of my own.

I have heard of Pascal, and something we used back in the 80's in school called 'Corel draw' which might be similar to your Rabbit:-)


Karen - hello, nearly finished school? Bet you can't wait! I am getting be- fuddled, hence the fact I am awake an hour before the alarm is due to waken me! My head is full of algebra!!!

Data and Bogon, being the experts in coding, are both correct...the answer is c) 2. Like Karen and Shirley, I initially said a) 0 but that was because I miss-read the ++b and the b++..... As Bogon said..." You need to know them to stay out of trouble."! :-)
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25. DataPilot
4:24 AM GMT on June 05, 2014
Quoting Bogon:
I'm thinking they want to you know the difference between preincrement and postincrement. Those nerdy features are inherited from the C language. From my point of view neither is essential, but, since they're part of the java specification, you need to know them to stay out of trouble.

I'll bet on c (2).


I made a living for a decade programming in C, so I'm going to have to agree with Bogon. Heck, I even have a 2nd edition copy of The C Programming Language, THE quintessential programming reference book from the late 70's and early 80's. I taught myself C programming by studying that book cover to cover. That silly postfix/prefix "++" increment operator threw me for a loop - sometimes literally - more than a few times. I'm not making any bets that "2" is the right answer; it's just my guess.

Some of my friends learned how to program using a Karel the Robot simulator. I was jealous, because Karel was fun and easy. My first programming language (prior to C) was Pascal, which was akin to learning to swim by being dropped into the deep end of the pool.
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24. SBKaren
10:13 PM GMT on June 04, 2014
I'll also guess a] 0 although I have no idea why. It all looks like gobbily gook to me!

I really didn't expect to see you have any responses at all in your blog - let alone a new one! - looks like that class is taking a lot of your 'brain' time.
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23. sandiquiz
4:56 PM GMT on June 04, 2014
Wabit - So far, so good!! But I guess it will get harder as the weeks go by!
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22. whitewabit (Mod)
4:29 PM GMT on June 04, 2014
Quoting 21. sandiquiz:


Final design today... I need to get away from this computer!!





Bogon - pre...post? As in before and after?

As to #17..... wait and see:)


are you enjoying the class ??
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21. sandiquiz
4:00 PM GMT on June 04, 2014

Final design today... I need to get away from this computer!!





Bogon - pre...post? As in before and after?

As to #17..... wait and see:)
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20. Bogon
3:51 PM GMT on June 04, 2014
I'm thinking they want to you know the difference between preincrement and postincrement. Those nerdy features are inherited from the C language. From my point of view neither is essential, but, since they're part of the java specification, you need to know them to stay out of trouble.

I'll bet on c (2).
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19. sandiquiz
2:49 PM GMT on June 04, 2014
Hi Shirley, I won't tell you the answer just yet, I'll let a few others have a go first!!

The software programme is one provided by the university, so not sure what it is called. Each section has a different problem set up, so we can "play" :) And, yes, I am enjoying playing, but how hard it will get, I shall have to wait and see!!
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18. WeatherWise
2:24 PM GMT on June 04, 2014



That sounds a bit hard and all answers are so close...makes you wonder why bother but I know that exactness is essential....hahahah....I don't have a clue but will make a guess of a) 0

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17. sandiquiz
2:04 PM GMT on June 04, 2014
What is the value of a after the following statements have been executed:

int b = 5;
int c = b++;
int a = 0;
a = ++b - c;

a) 0
b) 1
c) 2
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16. sandiquiz
1:59 PM GMT on June 04, 2014
I have completed week one, and I feel as though "tiny" amounts of facts are sticking in my brain. I have completed the end of week test, and got 4 out of five (80%) correct on my own, but needed a little help with this one.

OK - so WU removes algebraic symbols when one modifies the question..... I will repost in a fresh comment!!
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15. Bogon
12:44 PM GMT on June 04, 2014
I can see definite progress in pedagogy! Someone has contrived a relatively pain- and boredom-free way to introduce you to the kind of thinking required for computer programming. I expect that later they'll teach you general methods for generating a series of numbers or repeating a sequence of actions. By then you will have already seen examples, and the motivation should be clear.

Back in the day when I began that journey, they handed me a book and pointed to the general method. I was left wondering, what is this? How do I use this? Why would I use this?
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14. WeatherWise
11:56 AM GMT on June 04, 2014


Neat, Sandy! What software program are you using to do all of this fancy work? Hope you have a great day!

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13. sandiquiz
11:18 AM GMT on June 04, 2014
Thanks Bug, Ylee and Rob for your encouragement:)

Bogon, thanks for your help, there is so much to learn!! But today I at least managed to find how to change colour, shape and size, and how to alter variables!

The starting point for this exercise was a black square with white tracking shapes of diamond, circle and triangle, producing variable sizes from (1, 10);

After some playing I managed to change the background and the track colour, and alter the size ratios of the shapes. I also found by leaving the mouse in one place I achieved shape upon shape until I was happy with the result! In the red version the diamond variable size was changed to (30, 50); but in the purple version I lifted it to (20, 99); which meant if I held it too long the largest size appeared and hide all I had done underneath!! lol It's fun, but oh, so time consuming!!!

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12. palmettobug53
6:01 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
Shhhhh...... I'm sneaking in past my lunch hour.

If you look at my avatar, you'll see it ain't easy drawing with a regular mouse! I consider myself fairly artistic, though rather rusty. Haven't done much drawing in years and years.

I thought I'd be able to whip off a cute little bug to use as my avatar in no time flat. It took several tries and that one was the best of the lot.

If you did THAT with a roller ball, you did good, girl!
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11. Bogon
5:20 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
Wow! Artistic. And colors! In my little program I was content with basic black.

Thanks for the explanation, Sandi. Actually I'm relieved, because it seemed a tall order to expect a new student to install software and write a program on the first day.

In general there are three kinds of things you have to learn to write a program.

1. The software environment - At a minimum you need an editor to write code. It takes a while to learn your way around the editor, how to open and save files etc. A deluxe environment will have facilities for organizing files into a project, provide syntax highlighting, show you error messages and help you debug the code as it executes.

2. The language - Most people consider this the hardest part. It's sort of halfway between learning a natural language and learning mathematics. Probably a little more on the math side. Like any language, in a few days you can learn enough to find the restroom, but true fluency takes a long time.

3. The tool kit - Generally you can expect to get a grab bag (sometimes called a library) of windows and buttons and widgets to play with. In other words, you don't have to start totally from scratch. There are various doodads, bits and pieces already prepared. All you have to do is hook 'em up.
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10. Ylee
4:23 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
My hand hurts just looking at that! I had to give your effort a "+", as it is a better job than I would've done freehand! :' )
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9. RobDaHood
4:07 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
Well, that ain't at all bad Sandi!
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8. sandiquiz
4:00 PM GMT on June 03, 2014

Have you heard of Christy Brown and the autobiography he wrote entitled "My left foot"? Well, the below was produced by "My right thumb"...... not easy. A more conventional mouse might have been easier!!

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7. sandiquiz
3:47 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
Hi Shirley, all I was taught about computers is the basic lesson they taught teachers back in the early 90's when computers began to arrive in schools. Everything else I have found out for myself... but this is much removed from the basic. I will wait and see whether I can complete it or not... hopefully I can:)
Activity in your nesting box....how exciting:-)
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6. WeatherWise
2:42 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
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Sounds neat, Sandy, and challenging. I would enjoy that. Seems only course ever offered when I was teaching was just basic and seems to still be that - just the very basics offerings - something I have taught to other teachers, myself, in workshops. I did take a couple of courses at the local college in ACESS and another Teaching with Techology Online that were advanced. But mostly, I am just self taught as nothing for advanced tech offered.

There was activity at the nestbox this am. I will check it a bit after two to see if anything exciting. Today is Day 12 of incubation since the day after 5th egg laid. In checking my log from last year, the egg did not hatch until Day 15. My nest last year was later as I did not get my box put up until May 23 or 24 perhaps it was.

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5. sandiquiz
2:16 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
Quoting 4. Ylee:

Maybe if you had a touchpad peripheral with a stylus?

That would be so much easier than a trackerball mouse!! My right thumb aches! lol
If I get to grips with it properly, and enjoy it enough, I might have to open my wallet and buy one!
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4. Ylee
2:14 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
Sandi, if you could post your efforts, that would give us a better idea of what you're trying to do! We promise we won't laugh(or even snicker, lol), as I believe all of us that come here understand that what you are doing is not easy!

Maybe if you had a touchpad peripheral with a stylus?
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3. sandiquiz
1:29 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
Hi Bogon

Yesterday's exercise was to draw my name, (and I also drew a butterfly), using the mouse, from coding already set in the programme. We could change colour and size, but the basic set up was already in place. I believe it is Java that is used, as yesterday I had to download the latest version of Oracle to get the program to run.

Today's lesson was to introduce us to writing our own code, showing us how to write 'comments' 'setup as in size, colour and function' and what do do if Syntax or Semantic errors appear. I have as yet, to do it, as other things are getting I the way today.... Like ironing a pile of laundry
I did at the weekend!!

As far as completing the course, each week there will be a short test on what we have learnt, and also a final test at the end.....what format it will take. I don't as yet know.

We have to post our work, once saved, to a private Flickr group. I suppose I could always make a collage of my results once over so I and you, if interested, can see my progression. That should not break the code of conduct:-)

Back to the ironing!!
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2. Bogon
12:34 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
Well, it sounds as if your efforts were successful. You don't get to the "trouble with the trackball" stage without being close to a solution. :o)

I'm curious about your programming environment, the language (e. g. java, python) you use to code and what sort of toolkit is provided. Tell me if you can; I don't want you to violate the University's code.

Since I have chosen to play along at home, I'm also obliged to ask what satisfies the assignment. Do you turn in your source code? Take a screen shot of your signature? Save it to a file? Or do you demonstrate your program for the class?
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1. sandiquiz
11:09 AM GMT on June 03, 2014
From the last blog,

Thanks to Wabit, Data and Ylee for the White Rabbit greetings:)

Wabit - since I retired, (seven years ago now), I have tried to keep my brain active, even if my body is going to rack and ruining. Just researching the family tree details kept me on my toes for a good two years, but it is now as far back as I think I can go, without lots of driving around the country, reading parish records. I am back to 1638 with one line and 1713 with the other, so what I wish to do with it, I think that is far enough.

Youngsters do have quicker minds, and study skills, but the group who are even more annoying are those who "think" they have expert knowledge, and like to "spout it off"... there seems to be a fair few of those on the course!! lol

Bug - lol yes, I watched two old episodes of "Highway to Heaven" and that helped!!

Ylee - I think the spirographs will be awhile in coming!! lol

Bogon - I am glad I have inspired you to refresh rusty corners of your mind :) I am also pleased to see that you found it difficult to "draw" with a trackerball. If you remember, you advised me to get one when my wrist began to ache. It cured the ache, but it is not easy drawing with your 'thumb'!
The programme already had a erase setting, which I used many times before I was happy with what I had done.
Thanks for your support... hopefully I can learn something that gives me pleasure as well as another "creative" string to my bow!

Data Hello, great to see you out and about, it must mean things are settling down a little. I hope so:)
I actually liked maths (note the 's' on the end, we always say MATHS, and not MATH. I suppose it is because it's the shortened form of mathematics), at school, all but algebra when x and y became involved!!
I was surprised at how much trigonometry I had actually remembered.

There is a test at the end, and you have to pass more than 70% to get a certificate. Also each week has quizzes and end of week tests, so I need to keep on my toes! I have a new A5 notebook, in which I am jotting anything I think I might need to remember!

Shirley - thank you so much for the wonderful flowers. So far my day lilies are just spikes of green, but when the flowers open they are deep orange. My favourite colour!
I hope the 'horrid little critters' don't come and eat what is left of your lilies:)
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Far Bletchley
Bletchley, England
Elevation: 377 ft
Temperature: 64.0 °F
Dew Point: 62.6 °F
Humidity: 95%
Wind: 1.0 mph from the SW
Wind Gust: 3.0 mph
Updated: 2:15 PM BST on September 01, 2014
Newport Pagnell
Newport Pagnell, BUCKS
Elevation: 200 ft
Temperature: 63.3 °F
Dew Point: 61.6 °F
Humidity: 94%
Wind: 6.0 mph from the South
Wind Gust: 8.0 mph
Updated: 2:20 PM BST on September 01, 2014

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