Herbert's Summer 2017 Contest - Final Results! 

Herbert's Summer 2017 Contest ended yesterday and the final leaderboard is available here. Congratulations to misaki from Japan for winning this contest. As you can see, it was a close match between misaki and several others, including AlexDinaro of Russia, wwvww of Japan, and Blakman of Russia, and at least one other top competitor that did not... read more
 
Posted by Brian Conte Saturday, September 2, 2017 8:33:00 PM Categories: computer programming game contests

Herbert's Summer 2017 Contest is Open! 

Good news! We just opened our summer contest for 2017, with 25 new Herbert levels to challenge you, ranging from easy to mind-blowing. The contest will be open through the end of July. How well can you do? You can access the contest here, using the old Herbert app. Or give our alpha web/mobile app a try! Just head over to... read more
 
Posted by Brian Conte Monday, July 3, 2017 9:49:00 PM Categories: computer programming computer science game contests

Lessons from the Herbert Summer 2016 Competition 

One of the first questions people ask when beginning to take an Intro Programming course, is how do you test someone’s ability to code? The general answer is having students code on paper, by being asked questions which challenge them to write a program using skills they should have mastered. The next question tends to be why. The testing... read more
 
Posted by Miri Hyman Thursday, September 8, 2016 3:59:00 PM Categories: computer science game contests

I am a Woman in Computer Science But I Keep Forgetting That 

How do I feel as a woman entering the field of Computer Science? I feel excited? I love to code. Yet there’s also a little twinge of nervousness- how will I be received in a mostly male-dominated field? Will I notice that I am different? Will others notice it? Does it matter? I have a lot of questions, and I am sure they will all be answered as my ... read more
 
Posted by Miri Hyman Monday, August 8, 2016 8:02:00 PM Categories: computer programming computer science

Why I Like The Field of Computer Science 

John Irving once wrote, “If you presume to love something, you must love the process of it much more than you love the finished product.” In a way, my whole life has been spent solving puzzles and processing things. At a young age, I found I had a love for math. When I applied to the University of Washington, I knew I wanted to do some sort of... read more
 
Posted by Miri Hyman Thursday, July 14, 2016 4:10:00 PM Categories: computer programming computer science

The Story about a Box: Programming the Perfect Square? 

On June 1, 2016, Wild Noodle introduced its summer competition. This competition consisted of 25 levels, with increasing complexity, using Herbert and the “H” language. Herbert’s “H” language has three statements: l (left) r (right) and s (straight) and they are arranged using procedures and parameters to achieve the desired goal of solving... read more
 
Posted by Soraya Cardenas Monday, June 6, 2016 5:28:00 PM Categories: computer programming tips and tricks

Herbert is Back! 

I am very pleased to announce that Herbert, the challenge previously in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup online software programming competition, is back! We are kicking off a new Herbert competition for summer 2016. Herbert challenges your ability to see patterns and create algorithms to produce these patterns. It can be used both as a teaching... read more
 
Posted by Brian Conte Friday, May 27, 2016 7:57:00 PM Categories: computer programming game contests

Hello World! Welcome Herbert: A Computing Programming Language Tool for Educators, Technical Recruiters and Gamers 

Hello World, I am Dr. Soraya Cardenas, President of Wild Noodle. Today is my first blog. In 1985, Mr. Brian Conte, President of Fast Track Team, created a program, which he named Herbert, to help teach algorithmic problem-solving and design. Herbert is a game-based programming teaching tool and challenge which was used from 2004 to 2008 in... read more
 
Posted by Soraya Cardenas Friday, May 20, 2016 9:59:00 AM Categories: computer programming educational programming
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