CIS 3100 Introduction to Programming Using Virtual Reality

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6. Try planning and creating a simple Alice world as part of a team of students. How does this experience differ from working on your own? 7. Alice has tool tips that appear if you place the mouse pointer on one of the tools, buttons or tabs on the Alice interface and leave it still for more than two seconds. Table 1-1 in Tutorial 1C shows how the Scene Editor tools can be used to manipulate objects, but the table doesn’t tell you everything. The tool tip for the pointer tool in the Scene Editor mode tells you several additional ways to use the Alice pointer. See if you can find out what they are. There are many Web sites that contain useful information about computer technology. Here are two for you to try: and . Both are free online encyclopedias. Webopedia focuses on computer technology, and provides a brief definition of terms and links to other sites. Wikipedia is more general. A Wikipedia is a free Web based encyclopedia written collaboratively by volunteers. Pick a few of the terms from this lesson, such as algorithm, object-oriented programming, or IDE, and see what you can find out. You can also look up people, like Brian Kerninghan. The Wikipedia page at
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Alice – Chapter 1 DRAFT June 10, 2013 pg. 38 of 38 has the Hello, World! program in dozens of different computer languages. The ACM "Hello World" project page on Louisiana Tech’s Website at has 204 different examples of “Hello World!” programs. Building Virtual Worlds is a course taught in the Entertainment Technology Department at Carnegie Mellon University. A Website for the course can be accessed at . The site includes sample worlds created with different software, including Alice. Visit the site if you would like to learn more about creating virtual worlds or to see some of the worlds that more experienced students majoring in Computing and Entertainment Technology have created. In Lewis Carroll’s original story about Alice in Wonderland, why did Alice follow the rabbit down the hole? What does her motivation have to do with creating successful virtual worlds? How is this related to one’s education? The name Alice comes from the Lewis Carroll novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There . Electronic editions of both, with the original text and the original illustrations by John Tenniel can be found in the Electronic Text Center of the University of Virginia Library at and . The Electronic Text Center also contains thousands of other works of literature that are available online, including the complete works of Shakespeare, the King James version of the Bible, the Koran, and the Book of Mormon. Their main page is on the Web at .
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