Lego Mindstorms EV3 Hackable Robots Run Linux

The LEGO Group has announced LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, a new platform for consumer robotics designed for both younger generation and robotics enthusiasts, at CES 2013. MINDSTORMS system is powered by the new EV3 Intelligent Brick, that comes with more memory (64 MB + 16 MB internal flash memory) and a faster processor (ARM9 @ 300MHz), and runs a Linux-based firmware. Everstorm …

ParaSail: Less is more with multicore

Parallel multicore programming should be easier than it is. What makes it such a struggle? Most programming languages were designed without parallel programming in mind. Attempts to add on parallel programming features, or parallel libraries, are doomed to a struggle against the impediments built into the original languages. What are the impediments to easy parallel programming? With apologies to …

Xamarin Climbs To MonoTouch 5.2 Release

By Adrian Bridgwater, February 09, 2012 New testing framework, memory profiler, and rapid UI creation library for iPhone and iPad development Cross platform mobile application company Xamarin has released the MonoTouch 5.2 development toolkit. Compliant with iOS, Android, and Windows, the new release features a new unit testing framework for “on device” testing, a memory profiler to track managed objects’ …

Students need to learn multiple programming languages

College students are sometimes taught only a single programming language in detail. This limits their exposure to different language syntax/semantics, as well as approaches to problem solving. Every programming language was originally designed for a specific purpose, and, as such, tends to promote its own unique way of looking at, and solving, a problem. Understanding just a single language …

Xamarin Climbs To MonoTouch 5.2 Release

By Adrian Bridgwater, February 09, 2012 New testing framework, memory profiler, and rapid UI creation library for iPhone and iPad development Cross platform mobile application company Xamarin has released the MonoTouch 5.2 development toolkit. Compliant with iOS, Android, and Windows, the new release features a new unit testing framework for “on device” testing, a memory profiler to track managed objects’ …