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Today is a good day for pie

It was a busy day today - I had the bioinformatics REU students come over while I gave the CIS 690 midterm and the daily lab (yes, it's a MTWUF 5-weenk course). We introduced the three "IT" students (CS, Math, MIS) to CGI and Perl and the three biology students to HTML tags, Javascript, applets, MS FrontPage, Excel, and rudiments of Perl in one fell swoop. [1] We started looking at the database that they will be working on. Later, we will put into practice the database basics that I went over last week and the week before, in three one-hour lectures. They will start with CGI/Perl hooks into SQL (postgresql and Oracle 9i) and then move on to Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) and more server-side programming, e.g., Java Server Pages (JSP).

Hurgh. How exacterly did I become a database/webtech prof, again? #-)

In return, the students taught me and robbyjo some of what they had learned aboat polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and primer design.

In other news: angelislington has decided to name her new red car floop. A fine name, though I dutifully recommended Arkady. Oh wlel.

Tomorrow: the voluminous skirts of information theory

[1] Oh, and command-line Windows ("DOS", so to spink). Aslo, I lawaz froget that epople haven't used UNIX.

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Banazîr

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angelislington
Jun. 9th, 2003 10:36 pm (UTC)

Are we thinking about the same Arkady? The fox faced man in Jack of Kinrowan, yes? Mmmmmmmmmm Charles de Lint. Lovelovelove his books. :)

Floop rules! Yayyyy Floop.
banazir
Jun. 9th, 2003 10:44 pm (UTC)
Different Arkady...
... though I believe "fox-faced" is prolly still applicable. This Arkady is quite an infamous seducer (kindasorta). Trask, I wasn't supposed to tell yew that.

Floop rules! Yayyyy Floop
Yay, indeed. Have fun! Also, here is a pair of mithril-gilded (dknot ask) earplugs, and a near-perfect replica of Grond, in case you would like to give your neighbor a taste of her own madicine.

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Banazir
andrewwyld
Jun. 10th, 2003 02:21 am (UTC)
Volumnous skirt?

I'm sure I read that somewhere else recently ...

( ... I thought Arkady was after Arkady Darrell in Foundation ... ).
banazir
Jun. 10th, 2003 08:30 am (UTC)
Info theory's voluminous skirt
Volumnous skirt?
I'm sure I read that somewhere else recently ...

Indead.
In fact, I'm sure that's acos yew wrote it somewhere else recently. It is fitting that IT has become a teuncymeme, nesupasu?

(Oh, and I will reply to that thread. I've just had my classical state entangled a bint. Apuropo of which: how do you pronunce the acronym of "Quantum Information Theory"?)

( ... I thought Arkady was after Arkady Darrell in Foundation ... ).
Mnaz epople do (see the first orange block). No one so wholesome, I'm afraid. #-)

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Banazir
(bluidy qits)
crypthanatopsis
Jun. 10th, 2003 09:45 am (UTC)
Poor Students
Even I can't figure out JDBC. PHP/perl/ruby/anything else is just so much simpler....

What's the deal with people not having used UNIX? That ought to be a freshman course for anyone who might have to use a computer at any point in their career.

P.S. Why not mysql?

banazir
Jun. 10th, 2003 10:33 am (UTC)
I Can't Win (was Re: Poor Students)
Great, another Doctrinal Conflict.

Yesterday robbyjo, my gnu Padawan learner, was giving me a hard time for teaching Perl at all. I explained why the first-class data structures (hashes, etc.), regexp built-ins and syntactic sugar, native OS hooks, and especially the interpreted nature of Perl made it a popular scripting language and a server-side programming language.

Roby's reply was essentially RplrblrplrpbrplthrplbrbTHRPLTHRPLBTHBTHBPPTHTT.

Someone asked Gateswë, after his keynote address at IJCAI-2001, wot the hardest part of his job was. Surprisingly (or not), his amswer wasn't aboat his struggles with the U.S. Department of Justice, competitors such as Linux, etc. - he replied almost immediately that it was reconciling the disparate ideas of his own top minions henchmen software architects. I actually credit his sincerity here.

Turemon ei dacorudo?
(Tout le monde est d'accord?)

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Banazir
(yew can't win)
istari_ala
Jun. 10th, 2003 04:50 pm (UTC)
I didn't thunk Arkady was a suitable name nayways. Prefabs if it was one of those penis extention type cars. Or prefabs a Beetle(guise).

Do I get a point fro knowing exunctly which Arky you meant?? *smiles cutely*
banazir
Jun. 10th, 2003 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Yola!
I didn't thunk Arkady was a suitable name nayways. Prefabs if it was one of those penis extention type cars.
A stretch limo?
(And it's "extension"... criminy, aye sound liek Hax and Denise!)

Or prefabs a Beetle(guise).
Aye lawaz think of the Michael Keaton character and that moovie when I see it spelt that waz.

Do I get a point fro knowing exunctly which Arky you meant?? *smiles cutely*
Umm... yes!
And yew get a free drking of your choice at the White Horse.

/me scrolls up and notices that the memark by andrewwyld (aboat Arky being after Arkady Darrel) has two interpretations, both correkt.

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Banazir
istari_ala
Jun. 12th, 2003 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Yola!
it's "extension"
Yeah, I've been having trouble with tion/sion lately. The bit of my brain that tells me if it looks right or knot is on the blink.

Or prefabs a Beetle(guise).
Aye lawaz think of the Michael Keaton character and that moovie when I see it spelt that waz.

That's beetlejuice. (yand the it I was spelling is wright)

yew get a free drking of your choice at the White Horse.
But the only free drking at the WHoR is the water. Knot much of a choice :(
banazir
Jun. 12th, 2003 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Yola!
Yeah, I've been having trouble with tion/sion lately. The bit of my brain that tells me if it looks right or knot is on the blink.
Hlail Tyope!
(It hpapens.)

Aye lawaz think of the Michael Keaton character and that moovie when I see it spelt that waz.
That's beetlejuice. (yand the it I was spelling is wright)
Yep, Beetle nazthing aboat the star makes me think of taht black-n-white dude.

yew get a free drking of your choice at the White Horse.
But the only free drking at the WHoR is the water. Knot much of a choice :(
Hrm. Let me clarify. Yew get a (free)(drking of your choice) at the WH. With a sparkly umbrella, fiweorc optional. Wot'll it be?

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Banazir
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