Posts tagged with ‘programming

Computer program can learn how to play and beat classic NES games

Classic NES games could be insanely difficult, but there was generally a pattern to the entire game, to the boss levels, etc. Straightforward and predictable, even if beating the game sometimes took superhuman reflexes. But if you take the human out of it and teach a program how to recognize those patterns, you would have this— a program that can learn how to play and beat the crap out of those difficult NES titles.

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Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Code.org wants kids to learn how to code

Learn about a new “superpower” that isn’t being taught in in 90% of US schools. Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi

Become a game designer, no coding required, with GameSalad

With mobile apps blowing up like the Klondike gold rush, there are way more people out there with great game ideas than there are people who know how to create them. With GameSalad, you now have an outlet to quickly create and publish your mobile games whether you know any coding or not.

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Watch Space Invaders come to life in this time lapse coding video

There are tons of time lapse drawing and painting videos out there, but watching this time lapse video of a guy writing a Space Invaders clone is just as fascinating as the whole thing takes form from bits of art and lines of code.

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Programmer uses the power of math and computer science to find Waldo

Where’s Waldo books (or Wally if you’re in the UK) have sold bajillions of copies worldwide and have kept people busy looking for the skinny guy in the red striped sweater for countless hours. But one guy on Stack Overflow was wondering if it would be possible to write a program to find Waldo. And after a bit of trial and error and help from people on the site, he did it. Or someone did it. Someone did something. 

Read the entire process of discovery and programming here

Code Hero is a video game that teaches you how to program

Code Hero is a co-op first-person shooter where you become a rock star programmer, saving the world from evil AI. You rely on your trusty “code gun” that can copy, paste and edit real javascript as ammunition to blast the enemy, manipulate the world, and build structures creatively.

And all you have to do is donate $1 to the Kickstarter project to play the beta.

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Binary Tetris is the only Tetris whose source code can fit into a single tweet

There’s been a zillion versions of Tetris since the game first debuted in the 1980s. But out of those zillion versions, Binary Tetris is the only one that’s so minimal that its source code is short enough to fit in a single tweet.

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You’re about to get schooled by a sixth grade iOS app developer

homas Suarez is only in 6th grade, but he’s already created two apps for Apple’s iOS App Store and founded an “app club” for other aspiring developers at his middle school. And now here he is with his own TED Talk in Manhattan about the basics of developing apps and the future of kids creating software. Damn smart kids.

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RIP John McCarthy, father of artificial intelligence and creator of the Lisp programming language

John McCarthy has died at age 84. He was a legendary computer scientist who was a pioneer in the field of AI, coining the term Artificial Intelligence. He also invented the Lisp programming language.

RIP, pioneer of the future.

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The father of the C programming language and UNIX passes away at the age of 70

After a long illness, Dennis Ritchie, father of Unix, the creator of the C programming language and an esteemed computer scientist, died last weekend at the age of 70. Without Ritchie, your tech world would be a dramatically different place.

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Making music from a single line of C code

Coders have been experimenting with “oneliners,” programs of around 16 bytes in size that accomplish what they need to in a single line of C. By running the code through an 8 kHz audio channel, demoscener viznut and others discovered these raw loops of entrancingly garbled computer music. Each one generates a unique sound, sometimes just by flipping around a couple of characters in the function.

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Teach your kids to be standards-compliant from an early age with HTML for Babies
When the time comes for your geekling to make their first splash on the web, you want them to have been properly schooled in HTML Thanks to this board book, you can sit down and get them familiarized with the building blocks of the web. 
<score>And it’s only $10</score>
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Teach your kids to be standards-compliant from an early age with HTML for Babies

When the time comes for your geekling to make their first splash on the web, you want them to have been properly schooled in HTML Thanks to this board book, you can sit down and get them familiarized with the building blocks of the web. 

<score>And it’s only $10</score>

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One man’s story of creating games for the Apple Pippin

Apple’s doing pretty alright for itself now, and it’s doing pretty fucking good in the mobile gaming market, but Apple’s first attempt to break into gaming didn’t go quite as well. In 1994, Apple teamed up with Bandai to create the Pippin, a machine that would be Apple’s one and only attempt to get into the home console business.

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CodeAcademy makes learning JavaScript fun and mostly painless

When I was a kid, I learned BASIC from the backs of many a 321 Contact magazine, but I never really went further than that. These days, I sort of know my way around JavaScript in that I can look at it and it doesn’t look like complete gibberish and I can kind of work backwards through existing JavaScript, but I’ve never really gotten around to learning it. But CodeAcademy is a free site that makes learning JavaScript fun and easy… way easier than starting with a giant JS bible.

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