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Daniel Forhan Computer Science Teacher and Java Programmer February 2006 Entries
What is a "brrreeeport" ?

Here is something kind of cool I came across on Brian Scarbeau's blog today. Looks like fun. To find out what this is all about go here.


Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 10:02 AM

Exception handling
This week, in addition to re-visiting the Marine Biology Case Study, our class wrapped up the unit on exception handling. My students seemed to get a good handle on this topic and it went much smoother than other units we have covered. We did also get into the idea of writing our own exception classes (that extend the Java Exception class) and how we might design them. Then we discussed the benefits of exception handling, and various approaches to handling “tricky code”. As a side note, ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2006 7:12 PM

MBS Simulation-Inheritance
Today our AP Computer Science class will be doing the Marine Biology role play exercise. Many AP teachers, like Brian Scarbeau use this to help students visualize the role of objects in the MBS classes, and how they relate to one another. Earlier this school year we did a version of the role play that simulated fish in an environment. This week will are doing the version that uses specialized fish (i.e. Darter, and Slow fish) which helps to reinforce the OOP concept of inheritance. The Marine Biology ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2006 6:38 AM

Linux Lab fun
The most recent adventure my computer club has embarked on is the development of a new Linux lab. So far they have installed about five different Linux distributions on various computers on the computer club lab. Their goal was to further developer their networking/TCP/IP skills and at the same time see how different versions of Linux perform in parallel in a network. Really they are trying to see what version can perform the best on a computer system with limited resources (i.e. cpu speed, memory). ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 5:10 AM

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