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Strengths/Weaknesses and Backseat Coding

Posted January 22, 2012

Last Friday (January 20, 2012) marked the first Programming Team practice at the University of Akron this year. The topic was Solving Problems Quickly.

For the last several years we’ve really focused on algorithms and I think the team has benefitted greatly from that, taking 13th and 28th place out of 122 teams at the ACM ECNA Regional last semester. However, the actual scoreboard from the contest show something troubling...

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2011 ACM ECNA Programming Contest Results

Posted October 31, 2011

The University of Akron competed in the ACM East Coast North America Regional last weekend. The ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition is held yearly, with Regional events taking place all across the world including 11 regionals in the United States. You can find all relevant information from the contest including the problem set here.

There were 122 teams from 60 schools at our regional competing to solve as many of the 9 problems as possible within the 5 hours provided, and Akron’s teams came in 13th and 28th place!

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2nd Annual UAkron Programming Competition

Posted May 1, 2011

The 2nd Annual University of Akron Programming Competition took place on Saturday, April 30th, 2011. There were 6 teams in attendance made up of current UAkron students (although we’re considering opening up the event to other schools in the future). My responsibility for the event was writing the problem set and judging proposed solutions. The problem set can be found here:

   Revised Contest Problem Set

I’ll give a bit of background on the problems here. This may contain spoilers, so if you want to work on the problems you may want to skip the rest of this post...

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Back from MIX11 – Session Video Posted!

Posted April 22, 2011

I’m back from MIX11 in Las Vegas, which was absolutely awesome. My talk about Windows Phone 7 App Analytics is linked above, but can also be found at its official home on the Channel 9 MIX Event site, where you can leave comments or rate the session.

Regarding MIX in general, I think the updates coming to Windows Phone 7 in the Mango update look really promising. The performance profiler coming in the dev tools update looks really, really cool. I also can’t wait to use the official Kinect SDK when it is released later this Spring...

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Speaking at Microsoft MIX11 on Windows Phone 7 App Analytics

Posted April 8, 2011M

I’ll be speaking at Microsoft’s MIX Event (April 12-14) in Las Vegas as one of 11 selected “Open Call” sessions. The session is titled “Who Would Pay For That Feature? Adding Analytics to Your Windows Phone 7 Applications.” I’ll be discussing a few things:

The world of mobile analytics
A lot of people associate “mobile analytics” with “web analytics,” particularly on Windows Phone 7 where most applications are written in Silverlight. However, you don’t have to settle for only knowing which pages of your app are being visited; the analytics available on WP7 are customizable and quite deep...

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UAkron Spring 2011 Programming Practices Begin

Posted January 20, 2012

The UAkron Programming Team had its first practice of the new year last night. I’m very excited for this semester — we have a number of first year competitors who are learning the ropes and a solid group of veterans who all seem energetic about the process. We’ve expanded our practices to 6-10 PM on Friday evenings (compared to the previous schedule of 7-10PM). This will give us more time to actually discuss techniques and algorithms rather than just chugging away on problems (which, don’t get me wrong, has tons of value).

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PointingAtThings.com Launched!

Posted December 23, 2010

I recently launched PointingAtThings.com, a pretty simple website that allows people to upload pictures of themselves or their friends pointing at things in pictures. Website viewers are presented with two images of people pointing at things and may choose which one they like more. They are then presented with new pairings until they get bored.

There are currently 27 live images of people pointing at things to vote between, depicting 15 distinct people in the act of pointing. We’ve had a total of 2474 votes from 105 unique IP addresses.

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