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April 2016 Learn More Links

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Links from the bottom of all the April 2016 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

What Programming Language Should Students Learn First?

https://www.kidscodecs.com/best-first-programming-language/

Upperline Code

http://upperlinecode.com

Ruby

https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/
https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/documentation/quickstart/

TryRuby.org

http://tryruby.org/

Learn Ruby the Hard Way

http://learnrubythehardway.org/book/

Coding for Kids Ages 5-8

https://www.kidscodecs.com/coding-kids-ages-5-to-8/

Coding Schools

https://www.kidscodecs.com/coding-schools-2015/

How to Be a Better Programmer

https://www.kidscodecs.com/how-to-be-a-better-programmer/

10 golden rules for becoming a better programmer

http://www.codeshare.co.uk/blog/10-golden-rules-for-becoming-a-better-programmer/

Avoid using magic numbers and string literals in your code

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/avoid-using-magic-numbers-and-string-literals-in-your-code/

Usage of magic strings/numbers

http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/221034/usage-of-magic-strings-numbers
http://programmers.stackexchange.com/a/221042

What is a magic number, and why is it bad?

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/47882/what-is-a-magic-number-and-why-is-it-bad

Magic Numbers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_number_%28programming%29

String Literals

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_literal

Naming Conventions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naming_convention_%28programming%29

The world’s two worst variable names

http://archive.oreilly.com/pub/post/the_worlds_two_worst_variable.html

.Net StringBuilder Class

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-GB/library/system.text.stringbuilder%28v=vs.110%29.aspx

DotNetRocks

http://dotnetrocks.com

Simple Programmer

http://simpleprogrammer.com

TryRuby.org

https://www.kidscodecs.com/try-ruby/

TryRuby.org

http://tryruby.org

Computing at School (CAS)

https://www.kidscodecs.com/computing-at-school/

Computing at School

http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/
http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/about

Computing at School Community

http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/door

CAS TV

http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/news_items/91
https://www.youtube.com/user/computingatschool

Teaching London Computing

https://teachinglondoncomputing.org/

CAS London Conference (February 2016)

http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/resources/4174

Barefoot Computing

http://barefootcas.org.uk/

Code Club

https://www.codeclub.org.uk/

Code Monster

https://www.kidscodecs.com/code-monster/

Code Monster

http://www.crunchzilla.com/code-monster

Crunchzilla

Includes Code Monster and three other online programs for older kids.
http://www.crunchzilla.com/

Go, AlphaGo, and Artificial Intelligence

https://www.kidscodecs.com/go-and-ai/

Pages for beginners

http://senseis.xmp.net/?PagesForBeginners

Consumi (online play)

http://www.cosumi.net/en/

Pandanet (Internet Go server)

http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/pandanet/49

Graded Go Problems for Beginners

http://www.amazon.com/Graded-Problems-Beginners-Vol-Introductory/dp/4906574467/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457525578&sr=1-1&keywords=graded+go+problems+for+beginners

American Go Association

http://www.usgo.org/

American Go Federation

http://agfgo.org/pages/home.php

Where to play Go

http://www.usgo.org/where-play-go

The Surrounding Game (Go movie)

http://www.surroundinggamemovie.com/en

Garry Kasparov speaks at Google

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hf31xOhchY

Nature article

http://www.nature.com/news/go-players-react-to-computer-defeat-1.19255

Wired article (2014)

http://www.wired.com/2014/05/the-world-of-computer-go/

Deep Mind

https://deepmind.com/alpha-go.html

Mastering Go with Deep Neural Networks and Tree Search

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v529/n7587/full/nature16961.html

Google Blogspot

http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2016/01/alphago-mastering-ancient-game-of-go.html

The Computer that Mastered Go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-dKXOlsf98

Lee Sedol

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Sedol

Google’s AI won the game Go by defying millennia of basic human instinct

http://qz.com/639952/googles-ai-won-the-game-go-by-defying-millennia-of-basic-human-instinct/

ASCII

https://www.kidscodecs.com/ascii/

ASCII

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASCII
http://www.neurophys.wisc.edu/comp/docs/ascii/

ANSI

http://www.ansi.org/

ISO

http://www.iso.org

UNICODE

http://www.unicode.org/
http://www.unicode.org/charts/

Character Encoding

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_encoding

UTF-8

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTF-8

Control Character

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control_character

Binary Code

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_code

Numeral Notation Systems

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numeral_system
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexadecimal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_number

Questions to Ask Summer Tech Camps

https://www.kidscodecs.com/questions-ask-summer-tech-camps/

101 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Summer Camp

https://www.idtech.com/blog/100-questions-to-ask-when-choosing-a-summer-camp/

ASCII Star Wars

https://www.kidscodecs.com/ascii-star-wars/

Telnet

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telnet
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/telnet-faq#1TC=windows-7

Command Line Interface (CLI) Software

https://www.kidscodecs.com/where-to-find-command-line-interface-software/

Big-O Notation and the Wizards War

https://www.kidscodecs.com/big-o-wizards-war/

Big-O Notation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_O_notation
https://justin.abrah.ms/computer-science/big-o-notation-explained.html
http://bigocheatsheet.com/

Search: A Tale of Algorithms, Computation, and Conspiracy

https://www.nostarch.com/searchtale

Computational Fairy Tales

http://computationaltales.blogspot.com
http://computationaltales.blogspot.com/p/book.html
https://twitter.com/compfairytales

Search: A Tale of Algorithms, Computation, and Conspiracy

To be released July 2016, you can order early and get a discount.
https://www.nostarch.com/searchtale

Best Practices of Spell Design

http://www.amazon.com/Practices-Spell-Design-Jeremy-Kubica/dp/1481921916

Computational Fairy Tales

http://www.amazon.com/Computational-Fairy-Tales-Jeremy-Kubica/dp/1477550291/

SmallTalks: Jeremy Kubica and Computational Fairy Tales

https://vimeo.com/70188494

The Architecture of Radio

https://www.kidscodecs.com/architecture-of-radio/

The Architecture of Radio

http://www.architectureofradio.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/architecture-of-radio/id1035160239?ls=1&mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.richardvijgen.architectureofradioAndroid

Richard Vijgen

http://www.richardvijgen.nl/

The Architecture of Radio Video

https://vimeo.com/136611737

OpenCellID

http://opencellid.org/
http://wiki.opencellid.org/wiki/What_is_OpenCellID
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenCellID

Infosphere

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infosphere

Racket

https://www.kidscodecs.com/racket-language/

Racket and DrRacket IDE (free download)

https://racket-lang.org
https://racket-lang.org/download/
https://docs.racket-lang.org/drracket/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racket_(programming_language)

The Pyret Language

https://www.pyret.org/

Picturing Programs

http://picturingprograms.com/

How to Design Programs

https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/how-design-programs

Bootstrap World

http://www.bootstrapworld.org/
http://www.bootstrapworld.org/materials/fall2015/tutorial/

WeScheme (cloud-based Racket programming environment)

http://www.wescheme.org/

Computer Keyboard History

https://www.kidscodecs.com/computer-keyboard-history/

Computer Keyboard

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_keyboard
http://www.daskeyboard.com/blog/typing-through-time-the-history-of-the-keyboard/
http://history-computer.com/ModernComputer/Basis/keyboard.html

Typewriter

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typewriter

Teleprinter

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teleprinter

QWERTY

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWERTY

Non-QWERTY Keyboard Layouts

http://mentalfloss.com/article/52483/6-non-qwerty-keyboard-layouts
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvorak_Simplified_Keyboard
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltron
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/a-history-of-keyboard-layouts-is-qwerty-lagging-behind/

Projection Keyboards

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Projection_keyboard

Hansen Writing Ball

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hansen_Writing_Ball

Simplex Typewriter

http://oztypewriter.blogspot.com/2012/06/simplex-typewriter-glorious-simplicity.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhdZP16d9Uo
http://www.typewritermuseum.org/collection/index.php3?machine=simplex&cat=ic

What is the Blockchain?

https://www.kidscodecs.com/what-is-the-blockchain/

Blockchain

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_chain_%28database%29

Hash

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_function

Forget Bitcoin: What is the Blockchain and Why Should You Care?

http://recode.net/2015/07/05/forget-bitcoin-what-is-the-blockchain-and-why-should-you-care/

The great chain of being sure about things

http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21677228-technology-behind-bitcoin-lets-people-who-do-not-know-or-trust-each-other-build-dependable

Understanding the blockchain

http://radar.oreilly.com/2015/01/understanding-the-blockchain.html

REST

https://www.kidscodecs.com/rest/

REST

https://www.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/pubs/dissertation/rest_arch_style.htm
http://www.infoq.com/articles/rest-introduction
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/ws-restful/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representational_state_transfer

Roy Fielding

http://www.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/
http://roy.gbiv.com/
https://twitter.com/fielding

Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures

Complete dissertation by Roy Fielding which includes Chapter 5 about REST.
https://www.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/pubs/dissertation/top.htm

What Exactly is RESTful Programming?

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/671118/what-exactly-is-restful-programming

How I Explained REST to My Wife

http://www.looah.com/source/view/2284

HTTP

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertext_Transfer_Protocol

URI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Resource_Identifier

What is the Difference between a URI, a URL, and a URN?

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/176264/what-is-the-difference-between-a-uri-a-url-and-a-urn

Also In The April 2016 Issue

The iDTech summer camp recently posted 102 questions. Here are a few with links to the full list.

The choice of a first programming language can be overwhelming, from simple drag and drop to full languages.

REST is a standard way for software applications to work with each other to do things.

Blockchain software technology works as a distributed ledger to record what was done and when.

Believe it or not, computers and keyboards were not invented together.

Learn the basics of Go plus neat math details about Go and AlphaGo, the computer that beat a human playing Go.

If you were a wizard, wouldn't you want to know how to scale your spells for maximum effect?

— John Johnson

A phone and tablet app exposes the invisible world of radio, phone, and satellite waves that connect our computers.

ASCII is a set of letters, numbers, and characters computers use to communicate accurately.

Links from the bottom of all the April 2016 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

Computing at School (CAS) provides resources and support for computer science teachers and parents.

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for April 2016.