Computer Programming Gets in on the Phenomenon that is Archery

Computer geeks love the concept behind “The Hunger Games”. Zombies, and  hot girls who can kill them with rustic recurve bows like the Samick Sage and arrows. That’s why we have got on board and started  developing computer software that can help us all to get ready for when the zombie attacks do begin.

What is the Archery Program?

The Archery Program is a whole suite of archery software, including programs for archers of all levels. No matter how you shoot your recurve bow, you’ll find a program that will help you improve. Both pros and amateurs will find a world of benefit from the number of programs designed for archery available in this suite.

One of the stand out features is the ballistic engine, which has been tested and proven to work by some of the best recurve bow and arrow experts in the world. This program allows you to make sight tapes, select the right arrow depending on the conditions and your bow, calculate and view various ballistic charts and all of the data that is included. Point of impact, wind and angular shots are all taken into consideration.

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These tapes can be customized by color, yardage and direction and arrow selection made simple. With the rate at which the world of archery is advancing, having a program like this at your fingertips will prove to be invaluable.

Developing Programs For Archery

Like with any software for sporting activities, the programmer has to have a comprehensive knowledge of the sport and all of its variables. Archery is no exception, even though at the surface, it may seem fairly simple. There are hundreds of items to consider, starting with your own physical attributes and ending with the type of target you are aiming for.

Programmers take years developing and perfecting software like this in order to make sure that the user is getting the full benefit. We try the various recurve bows and arrows for both beginners and pros to get an idea of how the archer feels when in position. The weight of the equipment plays heavily in the way in which the archer is able to take aim and shoot, while the design of the arrows figures heavily into how the stance should be and the direction of the shot in order to meet the target.

One never knows when the zombies will first strike, and computer techs are right on the cusp of making sure that the good guys are protected. If you want to be prepared, or just want to have some fun with a great sport, check out these new programs that are being developed and improved upon everyday.

 

The Odd Connection Between Dog Training and Computer Programming – Don’t Fret, You Won’t be Locked Behind a Dog Fence

At North Carolina University, Dr. David Roberts is working on making smart devices that learn through the lens of dog training. As an esteemed computer scientist, he is the only one in the country working in the field of machine learning and is using this technique to teach machines how to learn through experience.

Making the Connection Between Dog Training and Machine Learning

Machine learning is the concept of creating algorithms to enable computerized devices to learn through experience. This is seen already in a simple form when Google remembers your browsing history to suggest search results. This is similar to reinforcement learning of the 1950’s, which was used primarily by psychologists.

That initial work was based on a system of reward and punishment which obviously will not work on a cell phone, but the concept is similar. Dogs are trained primarily in this reward and punishment system. Take a look at pet containment systems. If the dog tries to cross the line, he is punished by a small zap of electricity to his neck. These K9 fence systems work fantastic on the canine mind. The question is, how do you zap your phone?

If you could take the types of feedback that a person gives with pet training, Dr. Roberts believes you could take the guesswork out of making more intuitive computers.

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Since around 40% of American households have a dog, techniques for training them are fairly common. This will make it easier on the user to work with their device so that it is “trained” properly.

Some of the Possible Problems

The reward and punishment scheme in dog training can lead to further issues if the dog misunderstands what they are being rewarded for. Untraining a dog is even harder than training one. The same is true with programming. If you teach your phone to accidentally dial mom when you say wife, it is very hard to undo that as it has become a learned behavior by an electronic device.

The goal is not only to train computers and phones to be smarter, but also other household devices. Imagine if your coffee maker learned when you wanted it on and off by your daily actions, or if your thermostat automatically adjusted the temperature when it sensed rain outside.

That is a brave new world indeed, and one we are not as far from as you may think. As this technology begins to take off, expect for your devices to start operating all on their own.

Coding Boot Camp For Beginners

It can be a challenge to teach computer coding to anyone of any age, but the idea of a coding camp could make it easier. These learning environments are popping up all over the place, each designed for specific age groups. This is a great way to get good use out of your kids obsession with gaming, or for an older person looking for a more rewarding career option.

What is important to understand is that these are not camps designed to push you out into the coding world as a pro. These immersive camps are short term learning experiences that get you started on the basics, and maybe steer you towards a specialty. Afterwards, continued training is necessary in order to be ready to make a career out of coding.

Over Night Computer Camping Programs

Families around the world are starting to send their young techs to programs that mimic a college environment, yet completely dedicated to computer programming. Don’t expect the kids to be telling stories around a camp fire though. The students are allowed full use of the campus’ dormitory instead of a family sized tent, and a cozy bed in place of a sleeping bag.

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For younger kids who want to combine learning and typical camping activities, the options are slim. Parents are better off dividing the summer into two sessions, one where they can hone computer programming skills and the other in a traditional camp setting, where they do spend days swimming and playing ball and nights tucked cozily away in a family sized tent. They need to learn how to pound pegs and line up poles in their camping tent just as much as they have to learn why that sql line isn’t working.

Specialized Programs

There are a number of programs being offered for young kids that specialize in various computer programming topics. For example, children can learn about robotics, using Lego’s as a building material. These creative classes capture the imagination while introducing kids to the wide range of options they have with learning computer coding.

In order to make the most of these programs, you should first make every effort to understand what is of interest to your child. This way you can find a camp that meets their desires. These are expensive programs in many cases, and you want to ensure that you are investing in something your kid really cares about.

For programs that are oriented towards adults, understand that these are not going to put you in the midst of a career right away. It will take some time afterwards for you to digest what you learned and understand how to apply it in a career. Still, it will be rewarding if you are willing to make the effort.

Using Essential Oils to Help in Computer Coding

Computer coding and programming requires hours of great concentration on end. It is certainly not easy to spend days on end looking at a computer screen and trying to determine what to do next in order to make your program act the way you want it to. Using natural products in order to retain focus is one way in which a computer programmer can increase his productivity.

Certain essential oils can actually make your brain work more clearly, quicker and smarter. This is critical when you are under the crunch to complete a programming project that is full of pages of lines and symbols. The first step is in accepting that these essential oils will work. Once you do, you will see a dramatic increase in the amount of work you are able to accomplish.

The Five Essential Oils for Mind Clarity

There is hundreds of years of proven use to back up the mind benefits of these essential oils. Now, there is also dozens of modern scientific studies to back that up. If you want to feel that effect for yourself, start stocking up on these 5 essential oils:

  • Peppermint
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Juniper Berry

You can find all of these essential oils sold by herbalists and holistic medical suppliers, as well as by experts in aromatherapy.

Using Essential Oils to Be a Better Computer Coder

Depending on your location, you can benefit from essential oils in a number of ways. If you work in a private office or at home, you can go for broke and invest in an essential oil diffuser. The best of these allow the scent to permeate your entire workspace, inspiring you to code to your hearts content.

Another less intrusive method is with an essential oil diffuser necklace. These work by applying a small amount of the essential oil to a pad, which is than placed inside of a necklace. Through out your day, you are breathing in the incredible scents, stimulating your brain and getting plenty of work done. This method is best if you are working in an office environment with other computer programmers who may not appreciate the smell of rosemary as they work.

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You can also make a solid balm that is mixed with the essential oil of your choice. Just dabbing a bit behind the ears, under the nose and on the temples will work wonders at increasing your clarity.

Everyone can use a bit of help in keeping concentrated while working. Essential oils are a natural way to make the mind sharp enough to handle the challenges that computer coding brings.

The Extreme Sport of Deep Frying Foods

Computer coders from all over the world can rejoice, as Abel Gonzales Jr. took home a trophy in Texas late last year, for an achievement that has little to do with his typical role as a database programmer.

Each Fall, 3 million people from all over the world head to Dallas, Texas for the state fair. This 24 day event includes everything from college football games to auto shows and of course your typical carnival rides. Yet, despite the abundance of activities to be found, the vast majority of money is being spent on one thing – fried foods. This comes to an amount close $40 million in less than a month.

It is no secret that Texans have a long standing love affair with foods coming from the deep fryer. This is a method of cooking popular since the 1890’s. Yet it didn’t really catch on until the 1942 state fair, when two brothers dipped a hotdog into some batter, dropped it into hot cooking oil and created an instant hit. Since then, the corny dog has become a staple of the state fair, and over 500,000 are sold at the Texas state fair each year.

Other foods were then tried with success, but it wasn’t until 2005 that things reverted back to the inventive when it came to frying food. Now, figuring out what to fry next has become an extreme sport in Texas.

Meet Abel Gonzales Jr. – Computer Programmer Turned Fried Food Jesus

In the last nine years, Abel has won the fry competition at the Texas state fair six times. He has found a way to fry coke, butter and peanut butter and banana sandwiches, all deliciously, usually using a basic at-home frying device like these. This talent he has has earned him the title of Fried Jesus in Texas. Which is quite an honor when you consider the source.

Abel was born into a cooking family, working alongside his dad in a number of family owned restaurants. But this was boring to him, offering no room for creativity as orders for tacos and flautas filled his days. So he took advantage of the 1990’s tech boom and landed a job at a mail marketing company where he advanced to the role as a database programmer and analyst.

Yet something was still missing.

At the end of 1999, he and some of his computer programmer friends found themselves at the Texas state fair, and Abel began contemplating the array of food offered. Although delicious, it was all predictable, and being served by the same group of vendors who had been doing it for decades. He waited for a spot to open up, and impressed the committee with a fried dessert made in the shape of Texas.

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With a deep fryer that he had bought at a major retailer, Abel began spending his falls as a vendor at the state fair, and once he discovered how to fry coke, there was no stopping him. Now, he has left our industry on the side, and is able to live comfortably just from his state fair fried concoctions.

 

How To Start Learning Code

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HelloWorld Maktivism ComputerProgramming LEDs” by GloggerOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Have you wanted to start learning code, but you didn’t know where to begin? Well, you’re in luck! We have put together a short list of the different places you can go to learn to code. There are many ways to go about learning to code, and the way you choose will depend on your own personal preferences. Luckily there are enough unique options that you should be able to find something that fits what you are looking for. Hopefully through this list you will figure out how you can begin to learn to code, and then you can get started with it right away.

Online Course – One of the best ways to learn to code is simply through an online course. There are numerous courses for each computer language and many of them can be completed for free. All you need to do is a simple web search and you should find plenty of courses to suit what you are looking for. One of the best aspects of an online course is that if you run into trouble, you are only a click away from thousands of websites that can help you out. The online community is very helpful when it comes to learning code, so be sure to take full advantage of it.

Books – If you want a wealth of information, books are still a great way to go. Most book stores are packed with guides on learning different coding languages, and they will walk you through all of the basics. Most of them will come with software to help get you started with coding so that everything you need is right there when you make your purchase. Best of all is that you will have this book for life, so any time you need to you can turn to it if you forget how to do something.

Take A Class – For those of you that want a more formal learning environment, most local colleges offer courses in computer programming. These will cost you more money, but you get the benefit of a professor who can help you out, and classmates that are trying to learn the same thing as you. And since you are paying for the course, and attending it each week, you are more likely to keep up with your learning. Another benefit is that you may get course credit, which can be applied to a degree if that is something you are after.

Try For Yourself – Lastly, one of the best ways to learn to program is to simply try things out for yourself. Once you learn the basic commands from one of the methods listed above, we recommend exploring and trying new things. Think about what you want your program to do, then think of how that may be done. Sometimes you may find a simple solution online, and then you can implement it into your code. A lot of learning to program is a trial and error, and learning from your mistakes. If you can do this, you will learn a lot more than if you simple try to copy down what a book or professor tells you to do.

 

Why You Should Learn Computer Programming

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Typing computer screen reflection” by AlmonrothOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Many people ahve the wrong perception of computer programming. They think it is this incredibly high-tech activity reserved for only the biggest of computer nerds. This is not the case however. In fact, there are plenty of reasons that the average person should learn some computer programming. While you may think that you won’t need it, you’d be surprised at how much learning just a little bit of programming can help you out a lot. Not convinced? Here are some key reasons as to why you should learn computer programming:

1. It’s Becoming Fundamental – There was a time that reading and writing were things only done by the elite class. Now, it would be hard to get by in the world without knowing these skills. The way computer programming is heading, you will want to know the basics of it. Learning to code is much like learning to read or to write. Even if you don’t plan on using it for your career, knowing the basics of it can help you out.

2. It’s Useful – There are a lot of little things that you can do that would make your life easier, if only you knew a little bit of code. This is especially true if you spend most of your time sitting in front of a computer. Many small tasks can be completed automatically if you just take the time to set up some code for it beforehand. Instead of turning to the IT department at your job, you could be doing it yourself. In the process you would save time, feel good about yourself, and impress those above you.

3. Communication – Even if you don’t plan on coding, there will probably come a time when you need to work with some coders. When that time comes, knowing the lingo and the basics can help make communicating much easier and faster. They will not have to take the time to translate everything for you, and you’ll feel a little smarter since they won’t have to “dumb things down” for you.

4. It Teaches Other Skills – When you learn the basics of computer programming, you are learning more than what lines of code perform what actions. You are learning how to think critically, how to plan out a process in advance, how to debug and test something, and how to try new things. The more coding you learn, the better you become at these skills, and they will begin to transfer over into other areas of your life. Do you have several lines of data that you need to import over to a spreadsheet? Instead of doing each line individually, you can think like a coder and run a program that will split the lines for you. It is little things like this that programming can help with and make your daily tasks a lot easier.

We hope that we were able to convince you to start learning just a little bit of coding. There are plenty of resources online that make it easy to learn, and it won’t take you too long to pick up the basics. Once you do you can decide if you want to continue further, learn another coding language, or simply be happy with what you learned.