Paul Curzon’s keynote on Christopher Strachey’s love poems coming up at the I Love Computing conference on 25 February 2023 #ILoveComputing23

(If the other speakers read this and want me to create a post on this blog about their workshop or talk please email me your blurb and I will do so).

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There’s a free event for computing teachers and educators on Saturday 25th February 2023, at Gladesmore School in North London. You can pick up a ticket here. There’s also a teachmeet and sponsored pizza, the best kind of pizza, thanks to London Grid for Learning.

Hashtag: #ILoveComputing23

Creating a Love Letter Program Unplugged
Paul Curzon

“The first “creative computing” program wrote love letters. Written by Christopher Strachey, one of the first “Wizard” programmers, in 1952, it randomly substituted words of different categories (nouns, adjectives etc) into templates. It gives a fun way to combine English with Computing. You will explore the love letter writing algorithm by creating your own unplugged version. We will also briefly overview some of Strachey’s other contributions including his secret to being a “wizard debugger” and programming teacher.”

More on Christopher Strachey from the CS4FN blog.

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