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It had to happen. Only the timing seems a bit off because of the recession. But there's gonna be a Disney netbook, a "Netpal" for 6-12 year-olds, made by netbook pioneer Asustek and selling for $350 at Toys "R" Us starting in late July. A version with more storage and a longer battery will go through Amazon.com and other retailers. The widget should go international by the end of the year. It's based on Atom and XP with an 8.9-inch screen, 16GB or 160GB of storage, Wi-Fi, integrated web cam, heavy parental controls and a cutesy user interface. ... (more)

Teaching Kids Programming: Even Younger Kids Can Learn Java

My solution to the problem? I've written my own e-book on it: Java Programming for Kids, Parents and Grandparents. Dave became my first kid student and this has helped me a lot to understand the mentality of the little people. This is what I've learned while working on this project: Most of the programming tasks require minimal knowledge of arithmetic and algebra skills. To start programming, a kid needs to understand what x = y+2 means. Another important concept to understand is an if statement.   Kids develop the abstract reasoning abilities by the fourth-fifth grade, and they... (more)

Aspect-Oriented Programming and You

One of the coolest parts of the new SproutCore View layer is its ability to use aspect-based programming to add behaviors to views. Aspect-based programming is built on the premise that often objects that don’t follow from the same class hierarchy may in fact need similar behaviors. This is especially true in GUI programming when designers come to you and say something like “I came up with this new widget - it looks kind of like a progress bar but it acts like a button when you click on it”. In SproutCore, you capture these common behaviors in a “mixin”.  A mixin is just a colle... (more)

Java for Kids - Episode #0

One day my son Davey-steamboat showed up in my office with my rated “R” Java tutorial in his hands. He asked me to teach him programming so he could create computer games. At that time I’ve already written  a couple of books on Java and taught multiple classes about computer  programming, but all of this was for grownups!  A search on Amazon could not offer anything but books for dummies, but Davey is not a dummy! After spending hours on Google I found either some poor attempts to create Java courses for kids, or some reader-rabbit-style books. Guess what? I decided to write one.... (more)

Advanced Introduction to JavaScript

Some software developers have an impression that JavaScript is a second-league interpreted language with the main purpose of making Web pages a little prettier. The reality is different though. JavaScript is a powerful, flexible, dynamically typed language that supports object-oriented programming. JavaScript functions are the first class citizen that can live their own lives as opposed to Java’s methods. HTML5 has become the new buzzword, but 80% of development time on such projects is spent writing JavaScript code. This presentation is a super-intensive overview of the modern J... (more)

Students from Hong Kong Win Title of ‘World Champs’ in Microsoft Office

Certiport today named Fung Yin Sang, 20, and Fu Shing Kong, 18, from Hong Kong this year’s World Champions in Word 2003 and Excel® 2003 for culmination of the most prolific competition on Microsoft® Office to date. In its eighth year, the 2009 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office boasts more than 80,000 student competitors hailing from 53 countries who participated in rounds of local, country and regional competitions—capped by the Championship Round in Toronto, Canada. “Right now I feel very excited,” said Word winner Fung Yin Sang. Notwithstanding his victory, he said he... (more)