April 2014 News Wire

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of March 2014. More stories can be found at the News Wire link at the top of every page of this site.

Pi Day: pi transformed into incredible art — in pictures


The Time I Thought Tao Lin Was A Robot


Adding Coding to the Curriculum


Doodleborg: A 3 horse-power Tank


How Etsy Attracted 500 Percent More Female Engineers


Designer-Developer Ellom Quist on Adinkra Symbols

Quist has translated evocative symbols from Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire into web font icons, as part of the Noun Project.

AfriCoderDojo – Nigeria Mentor Diary

A short diary describing the challenges and pleasures of having a CoderDojo meeting with kids in Lagos, Nigeria.

Thinking with Things

A book excerpt about the design challenges for genomics, robotics, the Internet of Things, and the Industrial Internet of Things.

Human brain now registers smiley face emoticon as real facial expression


Tynker Now on iPad

The visual programming online application used in schools now has an iPad version for use at home.


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    Tim is an award-winning writer and technologist who enjoys teaching tech to non-technical people. He has many years experience with web sites and applications in business, technical, and creative roles. He and his wife have two kids, now teenagers, who are mad about video games.

Also In The April 2014 Issue

How to Make a Twitter Bot

There are a ton of ways to make a Twitter bot. Here are a number of resources, ideas, and clues to follow up.

What is an Algorithm?

Algorithms control our lives online and offline. Here are some examples to show what is an algorithm and how they work.

How to Build Example Bot

I have updated the installation instructions for this Github project to make it even easier to install and play with.

Bot Makers

A collection of bot makers and professor types attend an online bot convention to talk about Twitter bots and more.

File Extensions

You can tell a bit about the software used to create the web page you're reading by looking at the URL in your web browser.


A computer command used to diagnose network problems also lets you see how data hops across the internet.

How to Build a Slightly Complicated Website

Some tips on how to find online publishing services and use them to create your website.

What is an API?

APIs can be a fun, easy to use, and easy to learn way to retrieve and mash up data online.

April 2014 News Wire

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of March 2014.


Many programming languages organize their code into objects, to model their applications and make their code more reusable.

April 2014 Learn More Links

Links from the bottom of all the April 2014 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

At bottom, robotics is about us. It is the discipline of emulating our lives, of wondering how we work.

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