Computer Science

*args and **kwargs by Eric on February 1, 2020

As a recent graduate in computer science, I really probably should have known this, but today I learned.  This morning as the team and I were discussing some new methods and software to write the discussion came up about what were the *args and **kwargs we so often see in method declarations within Python.  Off to the Internet we went and found a perfect explanation from none other than StackOverflow. Turns out *args and **kwargs are arguments given to a method.  Now, we all knew this to be true, this was not the interesting part.  The interesting thing to me was that you can put these in your method declarations if you want it to accept varying lengths of arguments rather than explicitly defined ones.  Very cool indeed. Now, I've used arguments a lot in computer science especially command line arguments when writing small assignments for classes.  I knew these were passed in as *args but was unsure of what the **kwargs were.  From the StackOverflow answer they are both sets of ar...

Computer Science Education Week by Eric on February 1, 2020

Growing up I was always interested in computers.  I helped put parts in computers and install programs as young as five or six.  As I went to school I always knew I wanted to do something with computers.  Sadly, I wasn't able to take any computer related classes in middle school or high school because they simply were not offered.  I would have loved to take a computer science course before going to college to better prepare myself for the challenges that it brings. Luckily, there is a group trying to change that.  Between December 9-15, 2013 is Computer Science Education Week organized by Code.org.  Their goal is to promote computer science education.  They've done a great job getting celbrities to back the cause and made a great YouTube video that you can see on this page and their site. Computer science is not just for those who want to program.  Computer science is all about solving complex problems and critical thinking.  The solutions computer scientists come up with are m...

Starting Again by Eric on February 1, 2020

Hello, Welcome to my new blog. Created for me to take notes on my every day workings and findings in the areas of web development and computer science. I will try to update regularly with notes that I take each day working on the various projects that I do. A little about myself, I am a recent graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. I work full-time as the software engineering manager for a textile testing company and do sub-contract work on the side. I created this blog as a place to keep my notes, establish discussion, and learn the tricks of programming and designing WordPress sites. The site is named Eric Saupe, as that is my name, and the tagline (for now) is Things my wife doesn’t understand. Often while I was at school and coming home from work I would want to tell someone about the cool new things I learned or discovered and my wife, Carly, was always the only one around so I would tell her. She would smile and nod her head bu...