ACM Programming Contest: The ACM hosts an annual student programming contest known as the ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest) that will hold its regionals for our area in an all-day affair on Saturday, 11/01/2014, at the University of Chicago. Winners from the regionals go on to the nationals, and, if they are one of the top two teams, they will go to the international competition. NIU's ACM already has one three-member team put together and may be able to put together one or two more teams. One of these teams already has a single member who is looking for two co-programmers. If you are interested in knowing more about the ICPC, please feel free to drop by Professor Decker's office, PM 463.
The Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) serves as a focal point for information regarding the advantages of being associated with this organization of computer professionals. As in the past, the ACM will sponsor speakers from industry to talk on various computer-related topics.
Speakers from companies such as International Truck and Engine Corporation, IBM San Jose, Deere and Co., and Caterpillar, Inc. not only have described their particular "real world" of IT, but also have emphasized the importance of knowledge gained from NIU course material in their actual computer operations.
Other activities sponsored by the Student Chapter of the ACM include Homecoming receptions for Computer Science alumni, job search preparation workshops, and resume writing workshops, as well as workshops and seminars on other professional topics.
Look for the Student Chapter of the ACM's fliers posted on campus bulletin boards for announcements of activities.
Meetings: Unless otherwise indicated, meeting and refreshments are from 3:30-4:00 p.m., and the speaker program is from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Meetings are held in PM 203 unless otherwise specified (not in PM 253 as in prior semesters). Everyone is welcome!
Tony's Mainframe Programming Environment Simulator allows developers to compile, assemble, and test mainframe programs on their own PCs (Linux, Max OS, Windows, etc.) without worrying about an internet connection or a connection to a mainframe machine. It is also intended to reduce the teaching costs for IBM Assembler, COBOL, etc.
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