Nopecraft - was Re: OT: learner kits
dj.taylor4 at comcast.net
Sun Jun 21 09:49:27 CDT 2015
On 6/20/2015 8:06 PM, William Donzelli wrote:
>> Right. Get 'em hooked on Minecraft, and then it'll be easier to push them into harder drugs like VHDL later! :)
> There is a good grain of truth to that. In complex Minecraft command
> block systems, a programmer has to think about many, many tasks,
> running in parallel, each triggered by real time events connected with
> the redstone logic network. That starts to sound like Verilog.
> In thinking further - I might think that learning to do complex
> Minecraft command block systems is probably *better* for training
> future engineers that giving them a bunch of TTL and a protoboard.
I purchased a Raspberry Pi recently and was surprised to find a version
of Minecraft installed, I don't know anything about it but my son did.
It sort of 'hooked' him into the Pi.
Oh, and it also had Mathematica on it, a stripped down version. I think
that was to get me 'hooked', I've never been able to afford Mathematica
and am interested in it.
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