CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) – Machining on Steroids

Machining techniques for creating parts has advanced and changed dramatically in the past 25 years. Today, computers and software are used together with technologically advanced CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) machines to create both high-quality custom and mass-produced parts. Those skilled in the fine art of old school machining are now forced to either update their skills to the new computerized techniques, or find a new line of work.

Let's face it, human beings, even exceptional ones, can not compete with the repeatability and accuracy of today's computerized machines. Today's 5 axis CNC milling and turning machines can crank out part after part with tolerances tighter than 1/1000 of an inch without ever having a lapse in judgment due to overexertion or long hours. Try working your regular employees 20 hours a day, and see what kind of scrap rate develops. The only human factor that is required is for maintenance … Read More

Let Dish Network Be Your Source Of Relaxation

For most people, the television is a source of current news, sports, and entertainment. When you watch your television you want reliable service with plenty of choices in programming and high quality picture and sound. Of course, you want the price to be reasonable too, because television should be a source of relaxation, not stress. With cable TV, prices have been rising quickly while programming selection has been stagnating. In fact, many areas still can not access service like digital programming and HDTV. Dishnetwork, however, offers only digital programming and brings the latest technology and best programming to your screen- all at a very low cost. And, because Dish Network offers the most choices in programming and equipment, you can select the best options to meet your needs.

When you sign up for a Dishnetwork package, you need to determine what type of programming you want and how many channels … Read More

OpenGL Terrain Generation – An Introduction

Introduction

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I have always been interested in computer graphics and their applications. Data representation and visualization is one of the main areas of HCI (Human Computer Interaction), and the better you make the interaction between a machine and a human, the more productivity will be generated by both the human and the machine. I had some experience with OpenGL during my undergraduate studies while attending the California Polytechnic University. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to pursue the more advanced features of the OpenGL library, given my time and work responsibilities.

You can find more about OpenGL at http://www.opengl.org . There are also a bunch of good literature available on the topic of Computer Graphics and OpenGL that you can refer for further advances. Please check the Background / Reference section for … Read More

The Challenges of a Software Engineer

While it's true that the engineer is also a programmer, and there are some design duties included in the core job functions, there are also some very fundamental, critical differences in the manner in which software engineers, programmers, and designers complete their work. Many engineers would also argue that there is a marked difference in the quality and performance of the products they produce as well.

Software engineer jobs take a more formal approach to the process of programming software. The manner in which engineers complete their work is much more similar to traditional engineering processes than it is to software programming or designing methods.

Software engineers are often involved in the most complex of design or programming activities. Though every day, run of the mill programs can be designed by less skilled people, many programs can not be trusted to just any old programmer.

For example, programs that control … Read More

Can I Learn Computer Programming?

Computer without any software application is worse than a dumb human baby. This is because; software acts as a knowledge base and teachers your PC how to solve a given problem. Solving problem in computer is nothing but to process the data it receives to get some useful information as output. The process of teaching computer how to process data to solve a given problem is called computer programming. But can anyone learn computer programming?

This question is important as many people try to learn programming not because it's interesting, but mainly because they want to earn money by developing and selling a software application. However, even after reading lots of books and online tutorials, some of them feel that they still can not develop any new application. They feel that they simply wasted time in learning computer programming.

People, who are thinking of learning computer programming to make money, … Read More

How To Develop An RTS Game – Brief Guide

Red Alert 2 (Westwood Studios) and Age of Empires 2 (Microsoft) were two games which defined the era of computing just getting used to GUI (mid/late 90’s).

Originally designed for DOS, Red Alert was built by Westwood Studios – RTS pioneer through titles including Dune. The game was a breakthrough due to its realtime nature.

Add to that a killer storyline, amazing graphics and near-mythical gameplay mechanics and you have a winner. As a software developer, it’s easy to be in awe at games like this… but it’s another knowing how they work. This tutorial is a brief introduction into what I know about it.

OOP (Object Orientated Programming)

The most important thing you need to appreciate with any game is that they are programmed using OOP principles. OOP stands for object orientated programming, and basically the opposite of flow-based programming:

  • Flow based programs work with the flow of an
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Learning About Project Management

Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, and managing one's resources. It involves acting as a manager for a specific project, as opposed to a general and continuing mission. A project manager is responsible for the successful competition of a task, regardless of how other circumstances affect that task. The great responsibility of this position means that it is only for the most dedicated of workers.

This is how project management is understood in the business world. In order to succeed as a project manager, workers require technical skills specific to their industry (such as computer manufacturing or programming). They also need a proper understanding of business skills, such as separate management philosophy. A worker who understands the field receives specifics on scope, quality, time, and budget. Such a task also demands a proper understanding of finances, psychometrics, materials and supplies, energy, communication, and logistics.

As such, education is … Read More

What Is the Right Software Development Language for Your Web 2.0 Startup?

Recently, I wrote an article about Rapid Java development and how grails compares to other languages ​​such as php and ruby. At a networking event someone approached me and talked to me about that very article. She asked me what software development language and framework I'd choose for a Web 2.0 application.

Interestingly enough when you perform a Google search on this topic you'll find plenty of answers to this question. However, most of them are ideologically charged, so it's hard to get an objective answer. Do not get sucked into these kinds of discussions among your team members, as in my experience they will lead you now. Actually they do lead you somewhere; and believe me, you do not want to wind up there.

I'm of the opinion that most software development languages ​​give you a similar kind of functionality. If you are a startup and have a great … Read More

911 Misdials – Programming Your PBX To Minimize

Misdialing 911 from your business telephone system not only can cause disruption to your business but can put lives at risk. It happens, more than we'd like to think, but when 911 is dialed, and the 911 operator can not speak to anyone on the line, your receptionist will receive a call back from your local 911 Emergency Center and is told that 911 was dialed from your location and wanting to know what the problem is? Unaware of any Emergencies within the building a frantic check begins. Sometimes even a call to the PBX vendor to see if they can find who dialed 911. If the 911 Center is unable to contact anyone with a return call, they will dispatch Police to check out the situation. This ties up 911 Operators from handling other calls, and pulls a Police officer (s) away from another call where they may need, … Read More

Ruby on Rails Proves It Deserves the Hype

With the multitude of programming languages ​​out there such as Fortran, Java, C ++ and C #, you may wonder why Ruby on Rails has suddenly become such a hot topic in the development world. Created in the late 1990's by an individual in Japan, the Ruby programming language had a cult following but never reached top-tier status. In 2004, a company called 37 Signals released a Web programming framework called Rails, which was originally developed for their own in-house projects. Rails was written using the Ruby programming language. It is the combination of Ruby and Rails together that has generated capable excitation in the development community, and the emerging language and application framework is proving to be a game-changer to the world of Web application development.

Ruby on Rails' Impact on Productivity

Rails is an integrated framework that utilizes the dynamic nature of the object-oriented Ruby programming language. Rails … Read More