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Back-to-School usually means preparing new courses and topics. Educators as well as students are looking for exciting and fresh content. We are happy to announce that we are able to share some new additions to Google Code University‘s repository of CS course materials just in time for the fall semester. As always, all of these course materials are Creative Commons licensed and can be reused and adapted to curricula at universities everywhere:

Please also check out our CS Resources page for updates on useful training materials.

But that’s not all! We want to encourage educators to contribute their great content to Google Code University. By implementing a submission form we hope to make the process easy and convenient. Just follow the big blue button on the homepage and tell us about your materials. We look forward to hearing from you!

By Andrea Held, Google Code University Team

A great site for computer science students and educators from Google!

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Lifestreaming the easy way

By Nate LaClaire —  December 3, 2008 — Leave a comment

I recently discovered a new PHP/MySQL lifestream tool named Sweetcron. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of lifestreams, a lifestream simply displays posts you have made to your social networks, blogs, photo sites, etc. It displays a stream of content that is representative of your life, I suppose. I began playing around with lifestreams a few months ago after seeing Joe Tan’s lifestream. Although I really like the way Joe uses Yahoo! Pipes to create his lifestream, I am infinitely happier with Sweetcron.

If you have any PHP experience, you will find Sweetcron very easy to install. If you don’t, I imagine you can figure out the installation without too much difficulty. Simply create the database, change a few lines in a couple of files, upload the files, and complete the installation via the web. Adding new feeds to your lifestream is a snap. Once your feeds are added, you can manually initiate a feed check or wait for Sweetcron to automatically do it. Sweetcron’s feed fetcher prefers to be run automatically via Cron or a Cron-like tool, but the software provides its own “Pseudo Cron” in case you don’t have access to such a tool.

My own installation of Sweetcron uses the default theme, but it looks easy to customize the layout and I look forward to doing some of that and posting a follow-up.

By the way, Sweetcron was developed using the CodeIgniter PHP web application framework and provides a good demonstration of what CI can do. I have looked into CI before but never put a lot of time into it. I’m hoping to get to know it better now that I have seen it in action.