Sunday Selection 2009-05-10

Reading

Pseudocode or Code? There are lots of coding styles and lots of ways to teach them. This post looks at the style of writing out an algorithm in pseudocode and then fleshing it out with the actual code. This is a method that sounds like it should be intuitive, but I don’t think I’ve ever really used it before (and I don’t think any of my fellow students have either). Does it work? Read the article, try it out and then make up your own mind.

What do you think about LaTex? This is an ongoing discussion at Programming Reddit which I think is very interesting. I currently use LaTex for any documents that I need to submit for class or otherwise because it looks very professional, but it can be a real pain to use. This discussion has brought up some interesting points about both the philosophy and implementation of LaTex and computerized typesetting in general.

Media and Software

Google Chrome and Chrome experiments I know I’ve recommended Google Chrome as a download before, but these fun little JavaScript apps really show the full potential of Chrome’s high-speed V8 Javascript engine. The most interesting (and fun to play ones) are the ones that do some kind of physics simulation.

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Shrutarshi Basu

Programmer, writer and engineer, currently working out of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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