Windows 7 Professional is available!

The much-anticipated Windows 7 is here! This is Microsoft's newest operating system for all PC-compatible computers, including laptops, desktop, and netbooks. With the look-and-feel of Vista but the speed of XP, this upgrade is being recommended to all users, even if you have an older machine. Internet malware is still being targeted at XP and support for XP is going away soon. Please consider upgrading.

Transferring to Sac State? Open House on 4/18

The Engineering and Computer Science departments are having an open house this Saturday, April 18, from 9:30-3:30. Students interested in going to Sac State are invited to attend the open house to meet faculty and learn about the myriad of programs they offer. Lunch is provided.

For more information, including parking maps and the schedule of event, visit the Open House site.

Sudoku winner!

The winners of the Sudoku contest have been announced. See the Sudoku page for the winners and solutions.

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If you use the popular Twitter service, follow us! You'll received updates when new content is posted here, such as the weekly programming contest and information about upcoming events.

Contest: Do you Sudoku? (with solutions and winners)


We have winners! We have decided to offer TWO prizes each week. The first prize will go to the submission with the highest score. The second prize will go to the most clever and/or unusual submission.

See the contest rules for our grading rubric.

The winners are:
For best entry, the winner is Bill Tierny, with his Visual Basic submission and a combined score of 18.5.
The prize for most unusual submission goes to Rob Wiese, for his DOS batch script entry.
Both are posted below.

The Problem

Join the Programming Contest!

Do you enjoy programming? We do. Here's your chance to try writing programs to solve problems, win prizes, and have some fun! Every week a new contest will be posted. You'll have one week to submit your entry and a week later the winner will be announced. You'll get to see the winning entry, too, making this as much a learning experience as a challenge. Any Sierra College student is eligible to enter and you may work in groups.

The problems should be solvable by anyone who has taken one or two semesters of programming.

Students Can Attend JavaOne For Free!

The JavaOne conference, now in its 14th year, is coming to San Francisco June 2-5, 2009. Students who are taking a minimum of 6 units can attend for free! It's an outstanding value, as the regular admission is $1,995. This is a chance to get hands-on experience with Java technologies, including:

The Google Summer of Code Is Here!

Get paid $4,500 to work on open source projects!

The Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together nearly 2,500 students and 2,500 mentors from 100 countries worldwide. Accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor (or mentors) from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits.

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