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Website to Die for : Day 3 of the 20-day blogging challenge

The question for Day 3 is :

“What is a website that you cannot live without? Tell about your favorite features and how you use it in your teaching and learning.”

The first part is easy. Oh my God, I love, love, LOVE stackoverflow, a site where all of your programming questions are answered. It’s free , you don’t have to register. You can just go there and search for an answer to why your css is not properly aligning 5 pixels from the left margin of the container, or whatever is bothering you at the moment. Normally, when I type a question into Google one of the first few hits will be on stackoverflow.com and I go read whatever it is. Even if my question isn’t answered, I’ll learn something and I can usually search the site or look at the related topics in the sidebar and find what it is I was trying to learn.

I can’t really say that I use stackoverflow for teaching, except for indirectly. One of The Julia Group companies, 7 Generation Games, is games to teach kids math and many of the problems I encounter are related to game development.

There are sites, I use for teaching and I was going to list more here but I peeked ahead and saw this question comes up again in the 20-day challenge so I’ll save those for later. There are a few other good sites, including a couple of blogs, that I like for statistics, SAS and SPSS but answering the first part of the question, what site, if I woke up tomorrow and it wasn’t there would you find me screaming NO- O – O – O !!! and searching for the nearest lake to drown myself in? Definitely, stackoverflow.com


lake for drowning in

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  1. That’s a nice lake. Not sure about drowning myself in, though.

    By the way, have you digged in the various Stackexchange sites? (Cross validated for statistics, Mathematics for Maths, etc.)

  2. I have looked at the stackexchange sites, including the one for statistics. I was saving that for another post. Because I’ve been doing statistical analysis for > 30 years vs just a few for javascript, I don’t have as many questions on stats that aren’t REALLY deep dives that take a lot more than a paragraph or two to answer

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