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Frank McCown
Associate Professor of Comp Sci at Harding University
Associate Professor of Comp Sci at Harding University
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Web Programming book and kids' coding camp
My Sabbatical plans changed somewhat last spring, and I ended up putting all of my time into writing the "Web Programming" book to be released in beta this fall by zyBooks . If you are not familiar with zyBooks, they are online books that feature animations...

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My Sabbatical
I'm very grateful that Harding has allowed me to take a one semester Sabbatical. I owe a lot of thanks to Gabriel Foust, my colleague who has been working on his Ph.D. at Texas A&M for the past four and a half years and has finally returned to Harding so he...

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20 years ago
It was twenty years ago on this day (October 5, 1995) that my college roommate Jeff Gammel drowned while swimming in Lake Cortez in Hot Springs Village. He was was swimming with a few other guys from Louisiana Tech but got separated from them at one point....

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Finishing up my first summer with HUB-CAPS
This summer I had the opportunity to work with HUB-CAPS (Harding University Branch of the Center for Advanced Public Safety), run by my colleague Dana Steil . We employed seven Harding students to help us on various software projects for the Arkansas and M...

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The MEAN stack
I've developed some notes/outlines for my Web Development 2 course on the MEAN stack (MonogoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node) that I thought I'd share here. They introduce each MEAN component and contain code snippets that build a web app that uses a RESTfu...

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XNA and Kinect 2 hand motion demo
This demo will show you how to write a simple XNA application that reads hand motion from the Kinect v2. The Kinect sensor can detect motion for your entire body, but here I'll focus on just detecting hand motion and whether the hand is open (all fingers ou...

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Hour of Code at Kensett Elementary
Eight students from our Computer Science department met with about 50 fifth graders at Kensett Elementary on Friday, Dec 5, to participate in the Hour of Code . As you can see from the pictures, the kids were having a blast! Most of them ran through the Ang...

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Kinect for Windows 2 and XNA demo
Over the Thanksgiving break I managed to get my new Kinect for Windows 2 working with XNA. I couldn't find any code samples online using the new Kinect SDK, so hopefully this will help out others who are trying to do something similar. This demo will show ...

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Teaching an upper-level Web Development course
We're half way through the fall semester, and the spring semester will be here before we know it. Every spring I teach an upper-level Web Development 2 elective which builds on the Web Dev 1 course that I teach every semester. The Web Dev 1 course covers ...

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Last day at Flatirons
Today is my last day at Flatirons Solutions. I've really enjoyed these eleven weeks and learned a ton. My web development courses, in particular, will definitely benefit from the exposure I received to some new technologies that I'll be integrating into tho...
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