Computer Science Association, BITS Pilani

October 7, 2009

Turing Talks I & II

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Computer Science and Information Systems, CSIS, BITS Pilani in association with Department of CCTV, BITS Pilani conducted two consecutive lectures on learning the software ‘FLASH’ on 22nd and 23rd August, at Lecture Theatre Complex, LTC, 5102.

With a turnout of 150 students in the first lecture and 80 in the second it showed that there were many people who would attend our lecture series. The audience was a mix of students from multiple disciplines including 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th yearites. The audience were informed that they will be required to bring their laptops in order to follow the lecture.

Those who could not bring the laptops were either adjusted in other groups or provided one. Also, those who could not bring installed versions of FLASH CS3 in their laptops were given pen-drives to do so.

I

After the initial adjustment, Mr. Satish of CCTV started the Turing Talks by starting from the very basics:

  • creating shapes and filling colour in them,
  • using the time frame and
  • creating key frames

Then he wonderfully explained shape tweens and motion tweens. The talk ended with the display of some fascinating interactive web pages/websites designed by the CCTV dept.

II 

On the next day, i.e. Sunday, he resumed the talks with a short recapitulation of the previous day’s lecture. Then he shifted gears to topics of greater complexity like the animations of a ball following a trajectory and masking a photograph.

All in all the talks were informative, interesting and got everyone to start appreciating the uses of FLASH. Many of the first yearites whom we interacted with after the lectures told us that they have understood the basics well. They were also curious about the next set of lectures and showed eagerness in learning more and more. 

@Turing
Not everyone can be Mr. Turing 🙂
Not all topics to be covered in lecture series are core compsci but there is a lot to learn in these basics as well.

October 6, 2009

Hello World!

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A familiar title to start with? Well, being the Computer Science Association, we feel nothing would suit us better than “Hello World!” as our first step in the blogging world. Now that we are here, its better to get a few things clear. 

What we are not going to blog about: 

  • Articles already existing on the web. We use Google Reader to share those. 
  • Coolest of links and latest of news from the tech savvy world. Our Twitter updates tell you as much. 
  • Constant updates that tell you when our next event is or which room number it shall be conducted in. We use the public Google Group for that. 

What we are going to blog about:

  • Our  newsletters which give you a BYTE of knowledge every fortnight.  
  • The history and reasons behind each event we conduct. Just a mention of the rules. This will be of course followed by a synopsis of that event. 
  • The ‘CSA’ perspective on the things that keep happening around us and get us interested. We share our opinions, our thoughts. 

A special attraction:

Apart from the three broad headlines we have mentioned, we will also be having contributions from various sources in terms of innovative project ideas. We, at the association, plan to nurture such ideas and take them to completion. Further, these projects would be displayed at APOGEE, the ISO 9001:2008 international annual technical festival of BITS Pilani, Pilani campus. This year’s APOGEE will be its 28th edition, one of the oldest and biggest technical festivals in India. 

Each blog decides to aim at a particular auidence: we are looking to target the average Computer Science enthusiast. Your feedback will perhaps be the most important thing for us, since no blog can run without its targetted audience showing some enthusiastic response. Rest assured, we will have a lot of fun in the days ahead.