Villanova Department of Computing Sciences

There's an old story about the person who wished his computer were as easy to use as his telephone. That wish has come true, since I no longer know how to use my telephone.

— Bjarne Stroustrup

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Prof. Zimmerman and her student helpers (Maurice Mitchell, Samantha Toth, Jillian Kramer, Katherine McLellan, Megan Bridge) celebrated the end of a very busy Fall 2014 semester with lunch at the Villanova Conference Center. Julie Joyce was also a wonderful student helper but could not attend the lunch due to the senior seminar presentation. More...

The Villanova Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) was featured WHYY’s The Pulse. Professor Frank Klassner and Freshman Computer Science major Charles Walberg were both interviewed by WHYY's The Pulse to explore the CAVE's potential as a classroom facility. Villanova's CAVE comes courtesy of a $1.67 million National Science Foundation grant, which covers the cost of the unit, along with a $15,000 hi-resolution camera that can be used to create original content. During the interview Professor Klassner displayed a virtual model of a newly renovated lounge and study area on campus. Charles Walberg responded to his experience in the CAVE by stating, "I'm really blown away by a) how similar it looks to the room I've actually been in before, and then b) I guess, just how real it looks, how lifelike everything is." More...

Twenty-five Villanova women, which included eighteen Computer Science majors, two Computer Engineering majors, one Mathematics major and Computer Science minor, two Information Systems majors and two Management Information Systems majors, attended the 14th annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, October 8-10, 2014. Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, designed to connect, inspire, and guide women in computing. Conference presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia and government. More...

VWCS 2014-2015 First Meeting

Posted: 2014/10/26

On Monday, Sep. 22, the Villanova Women in Computer Science (VWCS) club organized the first meeting of the year to meet the new members, discuss activities and goals, provide some information about the Grace Hopper Celebration, and network with other women from Information Sciences and Computer Engineering. The club will be meeting informally throughout the year in Mendel 290 and 4:30 pm for social interactions and support for academic development. More...


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Senior Projects 2014 2D Game Development

There are many frameworks available for iOS 2D game development such as Unity, Corona, SpriteKit, Cocos2D etc... Many people are turned off from learning these frameworks because they seem really complicated. The purpose of my project to create a couple iOS 2D games using Cocos2D and SpriteKit and perform a comparison of these two frameworks. The reason for a comparison between Cocos2D and SpriteKit is that most game on the App Store are created using Cocos2D, and on the other hand, SpriteKit is Apple's 2D game development framework that was based off Cocos2D. It would be interesting to see the pros and cons of each framework side by side. For my first iOS game - Drop Blocks! visit this link: - I used Cocos2D, it is a very simple game where blocks will move back and forth on the top of the screen and the user will tap the screen to drop the blocks. The user will be able to gain points and erase blocks if the blocks are matched with 3 or more same color blocks horizontally or vertically.

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