Teachers re-evaluate value of video games

Switched on: North Fitzroy Primary School teacher Rebecca Martin has embraced gaming technology in her class. Students Eamon, left, and Hemi, enjoy building worlds in “Minecraft”. Photo: Simon O’Dwyer Ten-year-old North Fitzroy Primary School student Hemi Dietrich and his classmate and collaborator Eamon Pereira, also 10, are huddled around a laptop at their desk, conducting […]


Micecraft Star Wars Skins come to Minecraft Xbox One and Xbox 360

Minecraft, creation of 4J studios and Mojang, and recently acquired by Microsoft has been constantly updated, keeping users interested in the game. Of late, for the Minecraft Xbox One edition or the Minecraft Xbox 360 console, 4J studios has come up with a patch that provides you with more than 50 star wars skins, despite […]


Library Corner

At the Clayton Community Library, Story Time programs are on vacation. Paws to Read: 4-4:25 p.m. Dec. 9. Kids in grades 1-5 can read aloud to a dog at 4 p.m. or 4:35 p.m. Registration by a parent is required. College Financial Planning: 7-8 p.m. Dec. 8. High school, junior high students and their parents […]

WPF 4.5 Unleashed

Author: Adam NathanPublisher: Sams, 2013Pages: 864ISBN: 978-0672336973Audience: Anyone wanting to understand WPF Rating: 5Reviewer: Mike James If you work with WPF, this is a book you need to know about. This is the latest edition of a well known and well regarded volume on WPF and covering WPF 4.5 makes it effectively a 3rd edition. […]

Windows Runtime via C#

Authors: Jeffrey Richter and Maarten van de BospoortPublisher: Microsoft Press, 2013Pages: 320 ISBN: 978-0735679274Print: 0735679274Kindle: B00JDMQK2I Audience: C# programmersRating: 4Reviewer: Ian Elliot With Windows 10 on the horizon Windows Runtime might become more important. Does help you find out the inner details? The Windows Runtime via C# is not really a look at the way […]

Effective Java (2e)

Author: Joshua BlochPublisher: Addison Wesley, 2008Pages: 384ISBN: 978-0321356680 Aimed at: Existing Java programmersRating: 5Pros: An important book for Java programmersCons: Not for beginnersReviewed by:Alex Armstrong This book doesn’t set out to teach you Java but to explain a natural way of expressing things in Java. Does this approach succeed? This is a classic that discussed […]