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Tue Mar 14, 2006, 4:01 PM




Hooray, the quarter is almost over! :D :D I have a project final presentation in about half an hour, and then there's finals next week, but overall I'm in a pretty good mood work-wise. =) Last week was pretty hectic... 2 projects and having to conduct like 12 hours of interviews over 4 days... Apologies for not being more active here and responding to all the comments! O__O!

Speaking of comments, I'm really overwhelmed by the positive feedback I've gotten with the last two tutorials! ^_^ It makes me super-happy to hear people find them useful, and I wish everyone the best of luck on all their artistic endeavors. I remember when I was just starting out and tutorials were like Candy to me... I'd eat them up! I even remember my first Really Important Photoshop Tutorial--by Charles Park, oh... like, six years ago. =) He taught me the use of the multiply layer, and where would I be without that? ^^ Other significant tutorials in my earliest art days were how to make a photo-tear (not particularly useful, and I don't even have any examples of that in my gallery now, but... man! It was cool!) and how to make photos fade to white at the borders. ^^

But really, I like teaching a lot. It's a lot of fun! I did tutoring in high school, I taught beginning computer science for two years as a TA in college (now I teach these people how to teach). =P It's one of the most rewarding things I've done, so expect to see new tutorials out every once in a while. I do have one in the planning right now... ^_~ ^_~

Okay, here's my question for this entry, since it's for a friend's research project:

Do you know computer science and/or any programming? If so, why did you learn it, and do you think it's useful? If not, do you think it's important to learn at some point?

I'm curious to see what you guys have to say. =)



M o o d - Taking care of loose ends. I have like, a million unfinished things sitting on my harddrive asking to be finished... Of course, I'll get around to finishing one or two of them if I'm lucky... >D >D First up is finishing up the coloring on "Little Shy Ones." I should also post a picture of the completed "lightning girl." The things I'm itching to begin are another flash project starring Rune, and the FFVII eyes project... ^^

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

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:iconjoulee:
joulee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
very true! website design is soooooo useful. I can't tell you how many times I've had to build a webpage for a class, or a club, or some other reason. >D
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InnanatenchiAlien Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
Hm. Where do I begin? Yes, I know computer science and some programming (good enough for high-school early-college level, but really high for a 12-year-old in 7th Grade!). I'm a computer geek, so I know alot of things, exspecially since I've seen my big bro build a computer in under 12 hours...twice...from scratch!! :XD: Aren't I special? I learned it because it was always there, and I was curious. My brother would sometimes talk about it, so I learned some from just listening to him. I think its useful because sooner or later, computers are going to be REQUIERED for almost EVERYTHING. I really enjoy it, too, because its fun if you understand, and its usually a real challenge to find out whats wrong at some points.

::exhale:: That was long(actually...kinda short)!! ^^;
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
a computer in twelve hours..? from scratch? like... from spare metal and wires? O___O Very impressive...
I've only put together computers. =) That's sort of fun.

It's always good to see younger people get more into tech. >D I wish I had started earlier
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InnanatenchiAlien Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
^^; Yep! From scratch, 12 hours!! Yeah, he had to connect everything!! He had to add three fans, connect the wires, made sure that the mother bored was all nice and not harmed!!

^^ Technology rules!! If you don''t believe me, you can always go to [link] and see all geeky/gamers/hackers/computer swag they have there!!
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diabol Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
same for me >_>
i always feel so young when people in developer channels start to talk how 1337 it was back in '88 and even before that whereas i started only in 95 with puny windows 95 Y_Y
uhm wait, i am young o_O being born in 88 and such >_>
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
hahaha yes, yes you are young. XD XD
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diabol Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
I know computer science in programming.
I originally learned it to be able to code games (yea, lol o_O), but then stuck to logical constructs and all that fancy stuff and now i just code proof-of-concept and alike >_>
i think it's important to learn some kind of programming language at some point (as long as it's not basic; basic is EVIL), since it's really good training for understanding logical constructs and such - it's pretty neat <_<
my fav language is C (how unusual), it's <3
and uhm, <insert random stuff here to continue>
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
C++ is my first language. I hold a special place in my heart for it. =) C's malloc is scary... O_O
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diabol Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
ebil object-oriented languages nowadays :nod:
i love C because it's so plain ^_^
int *a=malloc(1024*sizeof(int)); what's so scary about that? o_o
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
but compared to int *a = new int... It's scarier. ^_^
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diabol Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
true, but "new" in itself is a scary thing, don't you think? o_O
i mean, it's not a function or a datatype or macro or anything, it's just "new", a keyword @_@
reminds me of "goto", it's evil :nod:
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
but lots of things are keywords... like void... or while, or for. =) Haha, I do agree... goto is pretty evil...
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diabol Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006
darn, true, but void at least is a (meta-? xD)datatype and while and for are loops >_>
whereas new is just.. uhm.. a keyword o_o
and what's more, C++ has operator overloading, now *that's* evil/scary/you-name-it o_o
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
Ah yes, games... I know a lot of people who started programming because they wanted to build like a text-adventure game way back when. What do you mean "code proof of concept?" =)
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diabol Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
proof of concept like uhm, coding a program that dynamically loads libraries on something like the GameBoy Advance, just because you can xD (actually a GP32, but also ARM-based o_o)
or a little game that shows just how much faster one alpha-blending lib is than the other or such..
like, well, proving a concept =)
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
ah, i see. ^___^ Are you interested in research then? Sounds like that might be a good fit!
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diabol Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
nya, mostly just playing around >_>
research would mean that i'd probably have to work with people that learned all this stuff in school or university or such without much application and that's really a ..., uhm, not a pleasure =)
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diabol Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
arf, that's supposed to be "computer science and programming" - this is what happens late at night >_>
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MoonSango Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I know computer science and some programming, I'm a senior in college with a computer science major. I actually learned it for pure interest with no intention of making it a career. I find it quite useful since it has helped me understand computers and given me a major ability to troubleshoot problems. Plus companies I buy parts from can't BS me when I say something is wrong ^_^.
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
lol~ so true! Can't be BS-ed by customer support! Sam here... i am also a cs senior. I suppose now you will make a career of it? ^^
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MoonSango Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I won't be making a career of it if I can help it, but I may have to work it to pay the bills at the start. ^_^
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
It's not a terrible career... tech economy is looking up again!
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MoonSango Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Actually I love my job as an AV Tech at the Student Union on campus. I just can't imagine myself sitting in a cubical all day crunching code. I still want to persue being a story writer and artist, comics and such. I like programming as a hobby and I find computer stuff very interesting but the moment I'm told I have to do something it gets boring fast.
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
AV tech, eh? ^^ Yeah, being a writer and artist would definitely be a great job... although I'm sure it can get frustrating as well. Really, every job has its perks and downsides. I guess the key is just to find something you love doing ^^
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
oh? what do you wnant to do then? ^^
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mary122888 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
Teaching is fun and enjoyable most of the time for me too. ^^ Though, I must say that I thought you were younger. X3 I thought you were about 18 or 19. You make it sound like you graduated from collage already. :wow: Keep making those tutorials too. They are helpful. ;)
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mary122888 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
WOW! :wow: Aren't I smart? It's says your age on your front page.......Don't I feel the wonders of stupidity right now? :rofl:
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:iconjoulee:
joulee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
lol~ hey, i'm not TOO old, am i? =) I'm a senior in college... although I'm probably staying next year to work on my master's. ^^
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mary122888 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
Your not even old at all! :hug: I think you should stay and work on your Master's, because you get more money! :dance: Money!! Money!! mOnEy!!! :drool:
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
XD XD MOOOOONNNEEEYY. money is good. =)
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mary122888 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
:nod:
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
:) :) I love sushi too. >D
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mary122888 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
Sushi is easily loveable. :hug: I don't like the chewy kind, though. Life is like a TI-89 graphing calculator, huh? Okay then. Type in 64/.0000797985 and it'll tell you my biography! :XD: Wow....Now that was random of me. :omg: Nice comparison of life. :nod:
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pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Computer science? Oh, good grief, I'm a geek from a long way back. Both my parents (I'm 55, remember) were involved with computers, so I come by it naturally. About time I started High School, my Dad found a programmed text on binary logic and had me go through it. I should scan and post the certificate I got for completion. Then when I was a sophomore or junior in High School I was fiddling with a geometry puzzle (right triangle with integer sides) and Dad suggested that was the sort of thing computers were good for. So he taught me enough Fortran to get the thing worked out, then punched the cards and ran it on the mainframe at work.

Useful? Well, I make my living programming and managing a heavily database-driven web site for Xerox customer service reps, so I guess that counts. Favorite language at the moment is Perl. It's clean, fast, and runs on everything. I'm also getting into some PHP for the http://www.gvc-adk.org website I took over a few months ago.

Steve :tux:
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
geometry puzzles eh? =) Yeah, my mom is a programmer as well, but she she didn't really influence me that much growing up.... except we had a lot of computers in the house, which was cool. And internet fairly early on so she could work from home! It's really the internet that spurred this love for CS, i think ^___^

Perl is cool! I wish I knew more, but it is super handy. I've looked at PHP too, and it seems even handier than Perl in a lot of ways. But I think my preferred web development language is still jsp. =) Good ol' java!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
PHP is a lot like Perl in syntax, but more tuned for the web. I'm helping administer on site where the pages are written in PHP and the backend utilities and processes in Perl. Seems like a good mix. Yeah, Perl is nifty. :)
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
I especially love using arrays. So easy! =D
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pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
ooh ooh and hashes :D
I had already been using Vi (vim, actually) as my editor for some time, so I fell right into the Perl pattern matching. It truly does make the easy things easy.
G'night, Julie :)
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
oiiiii vi O___O really, it's admirable how people can still use that. >D

Good night Steve!
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joulee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
oh yes, and hashes. I looooove that too. >D >D
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