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CSC 215 Computer Science II

Course Description

This course includes the study of the computer language and programming topics begun in CSC 115. It also covers tools and resources available in the larger “eco-system” of the language under study, and introduces students to development tools, including version control systems.

When Offered

Spring semesters.

More Info

We'll use R to continue the study begun in CSC 115 study of basic progrmming concepts, and we'll look at some more data anlysis applications.

We'll also get a serious introduction to version control, a practice that helps software developers keep track of changes to complex applications and that allows programmers to collaborate with each other more effectively. We'll learn the version-control language known as git, and we'll put up our first remote software repositories on GitHub.

We will even make our first forays into web design. The present-day R programming environment includes a number of tools that make it easy to build R-based websites and blogs, and to have them hosted for free by great developer services like Netlify. You'll design your first sites in this course, and begin using your personal blog to write about problems in programming or to expound on ideas from courses in your own major.

We'll continue to work on the online server, but you are going to have to learn how to install some software on other computers, so starting with CSC 215 a laptop in good working order will be required for every class in the Computer Science program, except maybe for CSC 303.

Random Programming Quote

People think that computer science is the art of geniuses but the actual reality is the opposite, just many people doing things that build on each other, like a wall of mini stones.
Donald Knuth