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Google AXES AndroidScript app used by 20,000 STEM coders WITHOUT WARNING

Google has removed a free educational app, dubbed AndroidScript, from its Play store, for breaching the ad giant's terms and conditions. According to the app's developer, Dave Smart, Mountain View abruptly yanked AndroidScript from its online shop without notifying him of the decision in advance. "Apparently we are in …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Oct 2014
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UPGRADE your CHILDREN with KANO: All you need in one box

Make it as “simple and fun as Lego”; that was the request of the six-year-old who inspired the Kano project – a computer and coding kit for all ages which has now gone on sale for £99.99. It follows a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that began back in November 2013 and closed with over $1.5m in its coffers, including a …
Bob Dormon, 8 Oct 2014
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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

Comment The BBC now has a policy of attaching an educational theme to each year that will be rammed into as many programmes as possible and will run across all of its channels and websites. 2014 was the centenary of WWI, as anyone with functioning sensory organs knows, and Auntie Beeb has decreed that in 2015, we will learn to code, …

Google hops into bed with Brit red-top: Cooks up 'draw an app' coding compo for kids

Comment British red-top The Sun is running a campaign to “Get Kids Coding” in collaboration with Google that demonstrates failures of judgment and technology that have reduced my family as well as some Reg staff to helpless laughter. The tabloid is, of course, a contentious choice for promoting any academic activity - teachers mostly …
Dominic Connor, 14 Aug 2014

Join me, Reg readers, and help me UPGRADE our CHILDREN

Appeal The venerable Royal Institution - of Christmas Lectures fame - has at last got funding to do something about Computer Science education in the UK. Starting this autumn, schools will get to nominate kids who don’t just read the words but hear the music of algorithms, logic, complexity in time and space, data structures and the …
Dominic Connor, 13 Jun 2014
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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

The UK government is planning to use a network of 400 "master teachers" of computer science to train up other teachers and deliver a new tech curriculum in English schools. The sensei will be "right at the top of their computer science game", the education secretary Michael Gove said in a speech at the Bett Learning Technology …

This one time at Apple Camp... Tech titan offers to school US fanbois on coding

Apple Stores across the US will offer fanbois an hour of computer programming lessons this week in a bid to boost the nation's digital economy. The fruity firm has joined tech firms, schlebs, and even the US president himself in promoting a national scheme called Hour of Code, which aims to teach Americans the basics of …
Jasper Hamill, 9 Dec 2013
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Coding: 'Suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

Readers' corner Teaching all children to code software is daft and pointless to The Telegraph blogger Willard Foxton. In an article attacking the UK government’s plans to update the ICT curriculum, the “investigative journalist and television producer", writes: The new rules expect five to seven year-olds to understand the definition of an …
Drew Cullen, 25 Oct 2013
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Vietnamese high school kids can pass Google interview

Google engineer Neil Fraser got a bit of a surprise when he visited Vietnam recently to see how schools teach ICT: kids in 11th grade are capable of passing the Chocolate Factory’s notoriously difficult interview process. Fraser blogged about his trip (via TNW), which ostensibly seems to have been a fact-finding mission …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Mar 2013
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Educating Rory: Are BBC reporters unteachable?

Mailbag Rory Cellan-Jones yesterday returned to the scene of the crime after his piece last week detailing the day he spent in Silicon Roundabout "learning computer programming". Rory had spent a day learning HTML – "a programming language", we were told – and returned humbled, as truly humbled as Uriah Heep, at the awesomeness of it …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Apr 2012
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Free CompSci 101 finally launches this month

A free Computer Science 101 course that planned to launch in February 2012 will now launch on 23 April. Stanford Lecturer Nick Parlante announced the class in late 2011 and explained, in this video, that it would include some rudimentary coding. Intentionally or not, the course inadvertently taught what happens to any coding …
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Intel teaches machines to build own device drivers

Intel Labs is working to automate the tedious and error-prone process of writing device drivers and porting them to different operating systems. Explaining the need for a tool that could synthesize device drivers, Intel Labs software engineer Arun Raghunath told The Reg: "A bunch of studies have shown that the prime cause of …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jun 2011
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An introduction to static code analysis

So, by some misfortune, usually instigated by "management" or by "tradition", you are stuck with a C/C++ program to maintain. Not only do you get the positives of speed, you also get the negatives of the lack of memory management. How do you know what is lurking underneath the templates and calls to new and malloc? How do you …
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Developers more 'satisfied' with PHP than other codes

You down with PHP? (Yeah, and Ruby) The surveying snoops at Evans Data say developers that use PHP are more satisfied with the scripting language overall than those who program with Ruby, Perl, Javascript, Flex, and VB script. Evans Data said it polled over 500 developers and IT professionals world-wide, asking them to rank …
Austin Modine, 5 Mar 2009
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Developing software in the global village

Reg Reader Workshop Anyone would think the kids of today had invented globalization. All this talk of largely text-based communications mechanisms used in social networking and blogging gives the impression that the mechanisms we relied upon in the earlier days of computing – bulletin boards, Usenet News and so on – were in some way different. …
Jon Collins, 29 Sep 2008

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