Book List: Reading for Computer Science Students

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It is no surprise that I read a lot of books. And listen to nearly as many in the car. I like to pair many of these with other parts of my life: classes, work, hobbies, TV shows I’m binging, etc. So over the last three years while taking CS classes, I read a number of technology / computer science related books that enriched my curriculum and added to my education. My apologies, almost a third of the list is … Read More

First WordPress Plugin: Random Featured Posts Widget

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After tackling many other developmental aspects of WordPress, I finally got around to learning how to code a plugin. My first attempt was a widget that displays a random featured post with title, thumbnail, date, and link, that can be filtered by post category. I started out by modifying and then adding to code from two tutorials: How To Create Your Own Basic WordPress Widgets and Creating a Featured Post Meta Checkbox. To add this plugin to your blog, download … Read More

Book Review: Algorithms of Oppression

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Big data algorithms can do some amazing things for society. They help us find information online, display advertisements for merchandise we might buy, recommend news articles we would be interested in, and provide new insights for research and development. They act as a mirror to reflect not only what we want but what we need. Unfortunately, this mirror also displays, even amplifies, our ugliest aspects. Author Safiya Umoja Noble focuses in on this problem with Google and its effects on … Read More

Review of OSU’s Online B.S. in Computer Science Program

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Last month I completed my bachelor’s degree in computer science from Oregon State University’s post-baccalaureate program. This program is tailored to students who already have an undergraduate degree, so there are no concerns about transferring general education classes and you only focus on the courses for the major. It is offered entirely online and follows the curriculum of their on-campus program. Overall, I had a very positive experience. I started out taking a few CS classes years ago as prerequisites … Read More

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