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#161
Some of my friends at university love project Euler, bunch of nerds.

I can't remember how I learnt to program initially since I started trying to make poor quality video games at about 11 year old, but I can tell you once you get the basics down you want to try and code things you enjoy making for a while without following a tutorial to get you used to Googling all your problems and similar programmer techniques. At least that helped me a lot, haven't done so much programming since first year.

CS seems like a much more interesting course in every aspect than maths to be honest. Most of the stuff you learn in the 3rd/4th years of maths tends to be abstract bullshit with very little use anywhere in the real world.
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Quote by Freepower
Well, this first year we've kinda done the whole range from high to low, from doing data visualisation with Processing to building simple transistor logic circuits and everything in between.

I like how broad it is and it's really interesting and occasionally useful to know the "under the hood" stuff, but I would like to spend more time coding in high level languages. I'm trying to keep sharp over the summer doing the project euler stuff, have you any recommendations for resources to use?

That is pretty awesome, definitely good to get a good look at everything the area has to offer, really what you should get in a first year if you ask me! Hopefully you should be able to choose more high-level based stuff for next year.

Sadly I know almost nothing about Project Euler, I'm vaguely familiar with it but that's about it

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CS seems like a much more interesting course in every aspect than maths to be honest. Most of the stuff you learn in the 3rd/4th years of maths tends to be abstract bullshit with very little use anywhere in the real world.

It gets a bit weird once you get in to the final stages of CS as well, I grant you it's not as abstract as the business end of a maths degree (number theory what now?) but a lot of the stuff I did this year, even if it's not really that abstract is really specific
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CS seems like a much more interesting course in every aspect than maths to be honest. Most of the stuff you learn in the 3rd/4th years of maths tends to be abstract bullshit with very little use anywhere in the real world.


Three guys in my class have come over from 3rd year maths and are finding themselves enjoying CS a lot more. I did consider a maths course myself when I was leaving school but I'm really glad I didn't go in for it in the end.

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That is pretty awesome, definitely good to get a good look at everything the area has to offer, really what you should get in a first year if you ask me! Hopefully you should be able to choose more high-level based stuff for next year.


Not much free choice yet tbh. I have to do a "broad curriculum" thingie next year, meaning some kind of arts module when I really cba and just want to program. There might be something cool though!

I did some more riff covers for anyone curious -

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Not much free choice yet tbh. I have to do a "broad curriculum" thingie next year, meaning some kind of arts module when I really cba and just want to program. There might be something cool though!

Ahhh, that's a bit of a bugger, but it's probably worth looking to see if there's anything in design or something you might be able to pick up? I know programmers with design skills are quite rare and I'm pretty sure it's an easier time getting work if you can do some of that graphics type stuff; I'm awful at it personally!
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my girlfriend's a math major and she just "picked up" design and coding for summer work so it can't be terribly difficult
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my girlfriend's a math major and she just "picked up" design and coding for summer work so it can't be terribly difficult

Depends if you want to do them well or not Any shmuck can write a few lines of code and put together something functional, making both of them good takes a lot more work! I would also say that at least for the code, being a maths student puts you in a good position for the right mindset and way of thinking that it takes anyway; there's a decent amount of cross over between the two subjects.

Examples:

Alan Turing, father of modern computing, was a mathematician. Alonso Church, author of the Lambda Calculus, a building block for laaaaarge parts of programming was also a mathematician and co-author of the Church-Turing thesis. Donald Knuth, author of "The Art Of Computer Programming" is also a mathematician.

... I'm going to stop being defensive about my job now. For a while at least.
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#167
Arise chat thread! ARISE! Come back to the land of the living!

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#168
I'm alive but doing an internship with Google so things are pretty intense! Guitar is slowly transitioning back to a hobby and a miss having my chops together. How about yourself?
#169
Recovering from PAX. 4 days of video game demos, developer/content creator panels, and MTG goodness, but I probably only got about 12 hours of sleep all weekend.

Now its time to get all my ducks in a row for when I have to move to Arizona in January. Can't take my basses and gear with me, I'll be lucky if I have so much as my uke for the next 3 years, luckier still if I have any time to play it.
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I'm alive but doing an internship with Google so things are pretty intense! Guitar is slowly transitioning back to a hobby and a miss having my chops together. How about yourself?

I have to say I'm in much the same position these days; just don't have the time to play like I used to!

That said, I'm making a concerted effort to get back in to playing, with deliberate time set aside for it and everything! To whit: I have nominated myself for this forum mod dealio!
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#171
I'm just keeping my ears in the music and I find I pick up the guitar often enough. New Meshuggah is brilliant btw!

Best of luck in the election, couldn't happen to a nicer guy <3
#172
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I'm just keeping my ears in the music and I find I pick up the guitar often enough. New Meshuggah is brilliant btw!

Best of luck in the election, couldn't happen to a nicer guy <3

Ahhh, I knew there was something I meant to check out! Been keeping up with the track releases so I've been looking forward to it for ages!

Cheers dude! Yeah, going to be an interesting little bit of campaign, we'll see how it goes!
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I have now listened to the new Meshuggah. It is goooooood.

Also, I am now Mod. Wat do?
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I'm alive but doing an internship with Google so things are pretty intense! Guitar is slowly transitioning back to a hobby and a miss having my chops together. How about yourself?


What are you doing at Google? I graduated my MMath a few months ago and looked at various jobs, Google jobs tended to be a lot more CS than maths though.

On the guitar front, touchstyle is definitely the way forward. Need a doubleneck 7 string or something...

Zaph finally a mod, about time.
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Quote by Anon17
What are you doing at Google? I graduated my MMath a few months ago and looked at various jobs, Google jobs tended to be a lot more CS than maths though.

On the guitar front, touchstyle is definitely the way forward. Need a doubleneck 7 string or something...

Zaph finally a mod, about time.

Only for a while, I'm trying not to get too used to it!

Always been interested in the whole touchstyle thing as well, but since I still have a whole load of work to do on normal playing I'm going to stick with that for the forseeable future!

Also, I know most people won't read this but apologies for the absense, just lost my job so things have gone a bit haywire this past week or so.
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#176
I have deep suspicions about any booze sold in the US to begin with; very little of it has a good reputation over here!