JIM HOOVER'S HOME PAGE

Department of Computing Science
University of Alberta
H. James Hoover
Professor Emeritus of Computing Science
jhoover@ualberta.ca
http://www.ualberta.ca/~jhoover
Hair today (1990) ... gone tomororow (2011).


When I'm asked what I do as a retired professor my reply now is:
My job is still to keep the next dark ages at bay as long as possible.
I just have a smaller number of more satisfied customers.
Life is too short to waste on fancy web pages. My previous pages were a mess, and many of the links were broken as a result of a file system reorganization, so it made sense to retire them.

But one still needs to put things out for public consumption. So what to do? Well, my children seem to never navigate, they just query and get there directly. Even on their computers, they just type into the search box to run an application. So why not make Google do the work for you?

My goal is that you should be able to find stuff on my site with a simple search query rather than navigating about. We shall see how this works out - not very well so far..

Quick links are still a good idea if they capture defaults for part of your audience:


Teaching Interests

CMPUT 325 - Non-procedural programming
Syllabus
Course Schedule (Work in Progress)
Functional Programming Notes
Concrete or Tangible Computing is a work in progress that uses the Arduno platform to present a unified core introduction to Computing Science. Here are my working notes, no warranty expressed or implied.
Arduino Intro Exercises
Tangible Computing Course Notes
We are currently using these notes in CMPUT 274/275 our new intro course for Computing Science students. This work in progress, along with our expanding Arduino software library can be found here:
http://ugweb.cs.ualberta.ca/~c274
CMPUT 272 - Introduction to Logic in Computing Science, Hoover and Rudnicki version
The online logic part of the course
.zip of online logic part of the course
The full course notes from 2002 (pdf).
Example 1 of Proof By Induction for Math Students


Spam note: Because of the insane amount of junk mail that is being sent to me I have spam filtering in place. In particular, if you send me mail from a hotmail or yahhoo account it might be silently dropped.
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.
Carl Sagan
Technology, like music, is enriched by variety.
Henry Petroski in Small Things Considered: Why there is no perfect design, p 192.
"So little time, so much to waste..."

Version 2018-08-10 No more office!
Version 2014-05-26 Updated retirement info.
Version 2014-01-04 CMPUT 325 web pages added.