Tag: A-Level

Epic Games buys a compression company

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https://www.polygon.com/platform/amp/2021/1/7/22219284/epic-games-acquires-rad-game-tools-announcement Epic Games, yes, the people that make fort**** and Epic Games Store, they’ve just bought a company called RAD. There’s no information on how much they paid, but I doubt it was cheap. So what is RAD? They make various tools, but the main ones do compression. Like zip and MP4. Why bother buying ….  Read More

Network Layers

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https://medium.com/@james_aka_yale/the-4-layer-internet-model-network-engineers-need-to-know-e78432614a4f GCSE students (and A-Level students) will be familiar with the network stack…well…they’ll know it’s something they should know. It is however something which people are often fuzzy on. This article explains it nicely and talks about TCP and UDP and how it fits within the stack. Don’t worry about the OSI model, that’s something ….  Read More

How Crash Bandicoot Hacked The Original Playstation

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This video looks at not only the game design principles, but also the tricks the developers used to get every bit of performance and push boundaries to make Crash Bandicoot a really ground breaking game for it’s time. Contains a nice section which compares the CPU and GPU. Also comparing RAM to secondary storage (CD)

4 Common Mistakes Python Beginners should Avoid – Towards Data Science

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https://towardsdatascience.com/4-common-mistakes-python-beginners-should-avoid-89bcebd2c628 The article says beginner mistakes. That’s a bit harsh. I’ve been programming for nearly 20 years (admittedly only in Python properly for 5) and I got caught out by the default arguments being mutable. I was traversing a map, using a default argument and ended up traversing a map of 5 items about 16 ….  Read More

Declarative Vs imperative code

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https://medium.com/javascript-in-plain-english/nobody-cares-whether-you-used-imperative-or-declarative-programming-66c396ecce06 I was talking to the year 13 class about declarative and imperative code. Academically it’s a clear distinction. In A-level it’s Python Vs Haskell. In conversation it’s SQL and RegEx Vs traditional coding. In reality it’s all just code. There are some nice functions that do Python in a declarative manner, but as long ….  Read More