Computer Programming Puzzles for Amateur Programmers

April 18, 2014 12:02 pm

Whether you’re teaching programming to students or learning a programming language yourself, it's always important to keep things fun. To prevent getting bogged down with codes and symbols, try these creative computer programming games instead of your next lesson.

The Puzzle Toad
Developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, The Puzzle Toad is packed full of word problems that require programming skills to solve. For example, a problem might include a fictional situation where you’re planning a large dinner party, and you need to rank 6,785 guests’ top 10 dinner choices. Theu can check your results (or get some help on a particularly diffic site also provides detailed solutions to every problem so that yoult question).

Project Euler
Project Euler’s goal is to provide continual learning for adults or students who desire more than what they learn in the classroom. While you don’t have to have a strong mathematics background to solve the problems, many of them build off of one another and teach you things as you go along. The problems are challenging mathematical and computer programming-based questions, and though math knowledge will certainly be used, the questions are focused more on computer science skills.

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Parkway Deli & Restaurant: Traditional Deli Favorites in Silver Spring

April 15, 2014 11:09 am

Regulars say Parkway Deli & Restaurant may be one of the best delis in the area. The food is always fresh and service is excellent. Traditional style kosher sandwiches like the Reuben Grill and Hot Pastrami are on the menu. The sandwiches are packed full of high quality meat. Salads, soups, and burgers are also available. Come for breakfast to enjoy typical breakfast fare like eggs, bagels, and waffles. If you decide to dine in you can indulge in the amazing pickle bar. The prices are very reasonable. Parkway Deli & Restaurant does get busy on the weekends so come early to avoid a crowd. Take out is available.

Parkway Deli & Restaurant
8317 Grubb Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-1427

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6 Key Facts About Blondie Frontwoman Debbie Harry

April 11, 2014 12:02 pm

Frontwoman Debbie Harry and company made their unique brand of New York punk outlast the punk movement and seamlessly enter into the pop world. Blondie achieved mainstream success with New Wave hits like “Heart of Glass," and they did it all with a bit of their original punk edge. Here are some interesting facts about Blondie.

  1. Before her eventual punk stardom, Debbie Harry got her start in a folk group called the Wind in the Willows when she moved to New York City after high school.
  2. Blondie was borne from Harry's and guitarist boyfriend Chris Stein’s first band, the Stilettos. When Stein joined the band, the two changed their sound and renamed themselves Angel and the Snakes, which eventually became Blondie.
  3. Despite their eventual New Wave sound, Blondie got their start on the punk circuit, playing shows at infamous venues like CBGB and the Whiskey-a-Go-Go. They also opened for Iggy Pop on a national tour.
  4. Blondie got their first number one single with “Heart of Glass” in 1979. Its album, Parallel Lines, also went platinum.
  5. No matter how much commercial success the band had, they frequently had trouble playing live. After a particularly disastrous tour in 1982, the group broke up.
  6. After several solo albums from various members, Blondie reunited in 1999 for No Exit, their seventh studio album. It attracted a new generation of Blondie fans and spawned a successful U.S. tour, as well as a number of legal woes from former members.

Blondie [Rolling Stone]
Blondie Biography [Rock and Roll Hall of Fame]
14 Things You Might Not Know About Blondie [Buzzfeed]

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