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End of Semester Wrap Up

There was not a lot of time to blog during the semester, but now that it’s over and final grades have been submitted, I do want point out some of the highlights this semester. Perhaps the biggest milestone is that the first two students have graduated from the new IT program! Obviously I am somewhat

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The Millennial Question

First of all, alert(“Happy New Year!”);. Let 2017 be a productive year. Speaking of productivity, over the break I came across a Simon Sinek video about millennials that has some interesting insights. I strongly recommend that you watch it fully if you are interested in self-improvement. As a millennial myself, I was especially interested in

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Details Matter

One of the most common aspects that IT students struggle with initially is how detail oriented one has to be. If you write a program and one of the variable names is off by one letter, your program will not work. If you write an SQL query and you leave out a single quote at

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RoboCodeJS: A Programming Game

There is a strong focus on programming in the IT program, and for good reason. Not only will students develop incredibly powerful problem solving skills, it is also true that software is ‘eating’ the world (e.g., Google, Facebook, Uber). But learning programming can be challenging, which is why we are introducing a programming game called

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JavaScript: The Future

When we revamped the IT program a few years ago, it was our vision to use JavaScript in most of our programming courses. The reason is that we envisioned that JavaScript would become even more important than it already was. Not only is it supported by every browser, it also runs on the server through

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The Skill of Programming

Programming is easy to start with, but hard to master. In our IT program we mostly use JavaScript and for that you only need a text editor and a browser. But to become good at programming it takes time, effort, and persistence. In this post I will look at why programming is so hard, what

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Othot: Co-op: Week Eleven Reflection

Week eleven has been filled with a lot of testing. I focused a lot on running tests on the customer data I have been working on. Testing began with removing mapping on a certain variable to see how the results would be altered. I tested a number of leaf samples along with different variables to

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