[KwartzLab] Computer Science from the Top and Bottom
cedric at ccjclearline.com
Tue Nov 27 22:56:58 EST 2012
I'm interested -- I've got a strong systems administrator background, with a lot of self taught embroidery around the edges (especially from hanging out and supporting teams of systems programmers at MKS and Interix type gigs, and having attempted to build things like an 8 bit computer from scratch, where "scratch" means staring with an off the shelf processor), so I imagine that I would both have a lot to potentially learn, and a lot of background from which to offer useful feedback.
I'm interested in your project, and would love to help it succeed. I could spare a night a week for a period of time.
All the Best,
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From: "Jeff Schmidt" <digitalfalcon at rogers.com>
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Subject: Re: [KwartzLab] Computer Science from the Top and Bottom
Sounds pretty fantastic. I'm in, as long as I'm no longer working evenings by then.
On Nov 27, 2012, at 10:52 AM, Stephen Paul Weber <singpolyma at singpolyma.net> wrote:
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> It is no secret that I'm fairly disgruntled in general with the state of
> University education, especially in my field.
> Over past months I've been working on the construction of a curriculum that
> provides base Computer Science concepts. The core philosophy is to start
> simultaneously at the "top" with the highest abstraction level (building
> syntax and semantics) and the "bottom" with the lowest level (RAM layout and
> machine instructions), and then move in step towards the middle.
> I am on track to have an edited second draft of the curriculum completed by
> the end of December, and will then wish to run a course based on this
> curriculum in the new year as a way to both test the philosophy and gain
> The intended target for this first version of the course will be (1)
> programmers with no formal Computer Science background, (2) people with a CS
> degree who wish to get a refresher (or to heckle me), (3) mathish or
> sysadmin persons who have an interest in getting some base in Computer
> Science. Based on conversations with people both in the greater KWartzLab
> community and Waterloo in general, I am convinced that there are many such
> persons in the region.
> The format for this first version of the course will be a fairly fast-paced
> roughly 8-week (notionally, 1 night per week) presentation that involves
> a bare minimum of lecture-style and a maximum of tinkering with concepts and
> Q&A where students can get concrete answers to the bits of the material
> they're playing with or struggling with. It will of course be entirely
> gratis for attendance and nothing will be mandatory.
> All that said, I'm sending this email to gauge interest in the community in
> such a course, and also to get feedback from any interested parties on what
> sort of timeline (assuming a course starting early January) in terms of days
> of the week, number of hours per session people could put up with, etc.
> Venue would be TBD, though I would love to do it at KWartzLab.
> - --
> Stephen Paul Weber, @singpolyma
> See <http://singpolyma.net> for how I prefer to be contacted
> edition right joseph
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