Archive for October, 2003

Cooking up a programming environment

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

The ingredients

To follow along with my Karel J Robot programming exercises, you will need four things (more…)

An Introduction to Programming with Karel J. Robot

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003
Programming with Karel J Robot - Part 1 of 4

Computer programming is an absorbing and challenging hobby and a valuable occupational skill. It helps develop many useful intellectual abilities, including analytical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving. But most importantly, computer programming is fun.

Welcome to the first in a series of articles intended for people with a moderate level of computer experience but little or no knowledge of programming. Let’s say you know what files and folders are, you can use a word processor, you don’t need detailed instructions on how to install software, and if I say “Run Program X” you’ve got a pretty good idea where Program X is and how to get it going. That’s all you need - no expertise required. (more…)

Dirt-Cheap PDF Files

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

Free PDF!

Most Windows applications that can print can also produce PDF files. Here is a way to produce PDF files for free. The secret is that a PostScript printer driver produces a PostScript file as output. Freely available utilities can then be used to convert the PostScript output to PDF.

It’s even easier on Linux and Macintosh. And does it too. (more…)