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February, 2011

27 February
Posted in Article, Lua

Learn Lua the Hard Way – Tables

Tables are the most important data structure in Lua thanks to their flexibility, hence we dedicate an entire post to the use of tables. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create and manipulate tables and dictionaries and how to iterate over a table using for and while loops.

19 February
Posted in Article

ISBN Numbers

ISBN is an acronym for International Standard Book Number and is used as unique identifiers for published books. In this entry I will talk about how mathematics plays a role in the development and usage of the ISBN.

17 February
Posted in Article, C, Lua

Polygonal Collision Detection

We will use the Separating Axis theorem to deduce whether two convex polygons are overlapping or not and implement the desired algorithm in both C and Lua. Collision detection is primarily used within the game development industry, but practical uses outside of this industry are also quite common.

15 February
Posted in Article, Lua

Learn Lua the Hard Way

This series more or less mirrors the series of the same name for Python. It’s in my belief that the only way to learn the in and outs of a language is to learn by practice, and by that virtue, to practice as often as possible until you get the hang of the language.

13 February
Posted in Lua

Randomness

People tend to trivialize the concept of randomness in computing. While true randomness cannot be replicated by a computer, the occurrences of randomness in nature have provided us with considerable insight into the properties of a random sequence of numbers. We can replicate these properties in defined numerical sequences that behave tolerably similar to random sequences.

In this post, we will implement and examine a simple yet well known pseudorandom number generation algorithm known as the linear congruential method.

12 February
Posted in Python

Greatest Common Denominator

Imagine that you are nine and you’re going to 3rd grade math class. Your teacher asks for the greatest common denominator between 10 and 15. Everyone else is just as stumped as you are, but being gifted with the incredible ability to program computers, you decide to write a program to do it for you.

11 February
Posted in Article

Muddy Children

A father comes back to his 100 children and tells them that some of them have mud on their head. The father asks “can you tell if you have mud on your head?” and all respond with “no”. The father then repeats the question until on the 15th turn, some of the children suddenly shouts out yes. How many children are muddy?

7 February
Posted in Article

Computers

Far too often, I hear people ask questions like “How am I suppose to know where to put ends for statement blocks?” or “Why can’t the computer just infer that I want this piece of code to do something else?”. These questions reflect something that the computer manufacturing industry have done quite successfully. They have succeeded in selling computers as smart general purpose platforms, which is an essential “feature” for about 99% of the computer users out there.

But programmers don’t usually work under these assumptions that a computer is smart. In order to fully understand programming, we need to start off with the fundamentals, that a computer is nothing more than a dumb calculator.

6 February
Posted in Lua

Common set operations

From freshman year textbook, Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications (sixth edition), Chapter 2 asks the reader that given subsets A and B of some superset, implement A union B, A intersect B, A – B, and find the symmetric difference of A and B.

5 February
Posted in Article

Hello world!

For years, my lack of confidence in my own creations have confined me to an online life of anonymity. Only recently have I discovered that other people aren’t all that scary. In fact, I realized that while people can suck sometimes, they’re usually quite decent.

As a lowly freshman struggling through college and life, I sympathize with the thousands of you out there who’re sometimes a little more than intimidated by the programming community. I am one such individual, and I hope that by the time I wear out this journal, I will be able to proudly claim that I am a passably mediocre programmer.