Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

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Terrified Sheep

In a recent article in Aeon, the historian Alice Dreger says, “Without tenure, professors become terrified sheep.” She goes on to say:
September 27, 2016

Teaching Programming to the Blind

Andreas Stefik (who discusses what we know about the usability of programming languages in this entertaining podcast) has worked extensively on computing edu...
September 23, 2016

What I Wish I’d Read

I would have called myself a research software engineer from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, and if I could send email back in time and tell my younger self...
September 21, 2016

Paradise Unplugged

Denae Ford, Justin Smith, Philip J. Guo, and Chris Parnin: "Paradise Unplugged: Identifying Barriers for Female Participation on Stack Overflow". FSE'...
September 21, 2016

Show Me Your Model

As far as I can tell, there are no published studies showing that version control is better than mailing files around or sticking them in shared drives. I be...
September 18, 2016