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Evaluating Java IDES for teaching teachers.

Since Hunter uses C++ as it's core language, I haven't used Java much in the past three years. That's going to change pretty soon. Once we start offering our CS teacher Certificate and Masters programs I'll once again start teaching with Java as that's one of the langauges that we want to prepare our teachers with. That means deciding on a set of tools and so I've been spending time evaluating Java programming environments with an eye on the beginner since not only do the teachers I work with have to be comfortable with the tool but more importantly they will have to be able to support the tool for all of their students.
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How I use Github Classroom

It's been an amazingly unproductive weekend. Mostly because I've been sick with the flu. It sucks but since the rest of the family's away anway at least I'm not making everyone miserable. I did manage to stage my next couple of classes and figured that writing this post wouldn't take too much energy since it's mostly a video. Earlier, I talked about using GitHub and TravicCI and this time around I show how I use GitHub classroom to set up, disseminate, and collect assignments.
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GitHub Helps Me Help Students

Earlier today I was reminded why I love GitHub in support of my classes. One of my students posted a question about our current lab. They posted a synopsis of the problem along with the error message. Since we're all working on GitHub the student's work was already up online Since I started using GitHub Classroom I was able to quickly navigate to the repo. This might have been enough but to really in to the students work I cloned the repo and went into Emacs.
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Github Classroom and Travis CI

I've been using GitHub with my classes since GitHub's early days. Over time I've gotten my workflows down. I use a combination of shell scripts - many just written on the fly, GitHub organizations, and some naming conventions and protocols that have served me well. A few years ago, the GitHub Education team started GitHub Classroom. I looked at it at the time. It was pretty cool but I had my workflow so I didn't adopt it.
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Using Emacs Episode 56 - Dictionaries

One of the great things about Emacs is that it's not just for writing programs. Sure, you can set it up as an IDE for just about every programming language under the sun but that's just the tip of the iceberg. I use Emacs for just about all my text processing. This includes writing blog posts, reading and writing emails, creating lesson plans and pretty much anything and everything having to do with text.
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Using Emacs Episode 55 - Irony Completions

Last year I put together a post and video on some basics of Emacs for C++ development. In the video I didn't quite get completions fully working. I also used ggtags in that video but find myself using dumb-jump more frequently. Here's a quick video showing how to set up irony-mode which uses libclang for completions. It's pretty slick. Now the only thing I think I'm missing is header file completions.
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Using Emacs 54 Org Tables

As you know I use Emacs for all sorts of things. In addition to coding, I use it for email, my schedule, note taking, and much much more. As part of my job at Hunter, I read and evaluate some of the Macaulay Honors College applications. I also have to evaluate all the applicants to my CS honors program. I described how I use Org-mode and Emacs to help with that here.
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Using Emacs 53 Emailing Org Agenda

I use both org-mode and Google Calendar for scheduling. I like Google Calendar because: It's pretty universal so I can issue and accept calendar invites. It works well with my phone and other mobile devices. The rest of my family doesn't live in Emacs :-(. I prefer using org-mode beacuse: Emacs I prefer, for the most part, to control my data. I partially sync the two platforms.
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Using Emacs Episode 52 - Eyebrowse

I was originally going to do a video on how I set things up so that I get an email every morning with my org-mode agenda but that's going to be something of an ordeal. I have to create a droploet on Digital Ocean, set up SyncThing and a mail server and lots of other things. I'll get to that video at some point but in the meantime I saw this thread on the Emacs subreddit.
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Using Emacs 51 - Day to day work with org-mode

I can't believe that I haven't made a video since the beginning of summer!!! Part of the reason is that I haven't had any video ideas that have motivated me and the other reason is that the Fall is my busiest season. In any event, here's the latest installment. Take a look at how I use Emacs and more specifically org-mode for my day to day work. Sometimes I use the fancy power tools but to be honest, most of the time, I stick to the basics.
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