This page lists updates to the Computer Science Field Guide. All notable changes to this project will be documented in this file.

  • What Numbering System Do We Use?

    We base our numbering system from the guidelines at Semantic Versioning 2.0.0, however since our project started before it was migrated to GitHub, the first open source release is being labeled as v2.0.0.

    Given a version number MAJOR.MINOR.HOTFIX:

    • MAJOR version change when major text modifications are made (for example: new chapter, changing how a curriculum guide teaches a subject).
    • MINOR version change when content or functionality is added or updated (for example: new videos, new activities, large number of text (typo/grammar) fixes).
    • HOTFIX version change when bug hotfixes are made (for example: fixing a typo, fixing a bug in an interactive).
    • A pre-release version is denoted by appending a hyphen and the alpha label followed by the pre-release version.

We have listed major changes for each release below.

Release date: 20th February 2017

Downloads: Source downloads are available on GitHub

Notable changes:

This release fixes a bug in the Computer Graphics chapter where some links to the 2D Arrow Manipulation interactives were broken due to an incorrect regex.

Changelog:

aka Pōhutukawa

Release date: 27th January 2017

Downloads: Source downloads are available on GitHub

Notable changes:

This release adds an introductory video for the Complexity and Tractability chapter, updated text for Graphics Transformations section of the Computer Graphics chapter, as well as updated versions of the 2D Arrow Manipulation and FSA interactives.

Changelog:

Release date: 21st October 2016

Downloads: Source downloads are available on GitHub

Changelog:

  • Update introduction chapter.
  • Add notice of changes to AP-CSP curriculum in Fall 2016 release.
  • Skip parsing # characters at start of Markdown links.

Release date: 19th October 2016

Downloads: Source downloads are available on GitHub

Notable changes:

This release adds an introductory video for the Human Computer Interaction chapter, plus a draft of guides for mapping the Computer Science Field Guide to the AP CSP curriculum.

Changelog:

Release date: 5th September 2016

Downloads: Source available on GitHub

Notable changes:

  • Fixed broken link in footer to contributors page.

A full list of changes in this version is available on GitHub.

Release date: 23rd August 2016

Downloads: Source available on GitHub

Notable changes:

  • New video: Formal Languages now has an introductory video.
  • New interactive: The hexadecimal background colour interactive allows a user to change the background colour of the page.
  • New curriculum guide: A guide for NCEA Artificial Intelligence: Turing Test has been added.
  • Updated interactives: The box translation and box rotation interactives are now open source and have been given a new look and made mobile friendly.
  • Generation improvements: Basic translation support. Settings are now specific to each language, and contain the translation text.
  • Website improvements: Added help guide for WebGL interactives.
  • Also includes bug fixes to interactives, new links to supporting videos, and various text corrections from our staff and contributors.

A full list of changes in this version is available on GitHub.

Release date: 14th July 2016

Downloads: Source available on GitHub

Notable changes:

  • Fixed issue on Human Computer Interaction chapter where duplicate library was causing several UI elements to not behave correctly.

Release date: 16th June 2016

Downloads: Source available on GitHub

Notable changes:

  • New feature: PDF output - A downloadable PDF of both student and teacher versions is now available from the homepage. The PDF also functions well as an ebook, with functional links to headings, glossary entries, interactives, and online resources.
  • New feature: Printer friendly webpages - When printing a page of the CSFG through a browser, the page displays in a printer friendly manner by hiding navigational panels, opening all panels, and providing extra links to online resources.
  • New interactive: The binary cards interactive emulates the Binary Cards CS Unplugged activity, used to teach binary numbers.
  • New interactive: The high score boxes interactive was developed to give an example of searching boxes to find a maximum value to the student.
  • New interactive: The action menu interactive is a small dropdown menu with one option that has severe consequences, but no confirmation screen if the user selects that option (used to demonstrate a key HCI concept).
  • Updated interactive: The trainsylvania interactive (and supporting images/files) have been given a fresh coat of colour and a new station name.
  • Updated interactive: The trainsylvania planner interactive is used alongside the trainsylvania interactive, and allows the user to input a path of train trips to see the resulting destination.
  • Updated interactive: The base calculator allows a student to calculate a number, using a specific number base (binary, hexadecimal, etc).
  • Updated interactive: The big number calculator allows a student to perform calculations with very large numbers/results.
  • Website improvements: Redesigned homepage and footer with useful links and a splash of colour. Math equations are now line wrapped, and MathJax is loaded from a CDN. Images can now have text wrapped around them on a page.
  • Generation improvements: Improvements to internal link creation (glossary links in particular). Separated dependency installation from generation script (see documentation for how to install and run generation script).
  • Project improvements: Added documentation for contributing to and developing this project, including a code of conduct.

A full list of changes in this version is available on GitHub.

Release date: 13th May 2016

Downloads: Source available on GitHub

Notable changes:

  • The Data Representation chapter has been rewritten and reorganised to be easier to follow, and three NCEA assessment guides have been written for students aiming for merit/excellence:

    The chapter and assessment guides have been rewritten to take account of new feedback from the marking process and our own observations of student work.

    As part of the rewrite of the Data Representation chapter, the following interactives were developed:

    • New interactive: The unicode binary interactive displays the binary for a given character (or character by decimal number) dynamically with different encodings.
    • New interactive: The unicode character interactive displays the character for a given decimal value.
    • New interactive: The unicode length interactive displays the length (in bits) of text encoded using different encodings.
    • Updated interactive: The colour matcher interactive has been redesigned to display values in binary, plus allow students to see and edit the bit values. The interface has also been restructured for readability and ease of use.

    The old version of the Data Representation chapter can be found here.

  • Website improvements: A new image previewer was implemented, along with bugfixes to iFrame and panel rendering.
  • Generation improvements: The Markdown parser has been replaced due to existing parsing issues. The new parser also gives us a large performance boost. A text box tag has also been added to highlight important text.

A full list of changes in this version is available on GitHub.

Release date: 29th April 2016

Downloads: Source available on GitHub

Notable changes:

  • Fixed version numbering system to allow hotfix changes

A full list of changes in this version is available on GitHub.

Release date: 29th April 2016

Downloads: Source available on GitHub

Notable changes:

  • Large number of typo, grammar, link, and math syntax fixes and also content corrections by contributors.
  • New interactive: Added GTIN-13 checksum calculator interactive for calculating the last digit for a GTIN-13 barcode.
  • Updated interactive: The regular expression search interactive has been updated and added to the repository.
  • Updated interactive: The image bit comparer interactive has been updated and added to the repository. It also has a changing bits mode which allows the user to modify the number of bits for storing each colour.
  • Added XKCD mouseover text (similar behaviour to website).
  • Added feedback modal to allow developers to directly post issues to GitHub.
  • Added encoding for HTML entities to stop certain characters not appearing correctly in browsers.
  • Added summary of output at end of generation script.
  • Added message for developers to contribute in the web console.

A full list of changes in this version is available on GitHub.

Release date: 10th March 2016

Downloads: Source available on GitHub

Notable changes:

  • Readability improvements to text within many chapters (grammer issues/typos) and to the Python scripts within the Algorithms chapter.
  • Updated interactive: The RSA encryption and decryption interactives within Encryption have been updated and added to the repository.
  • Updated interactive: The searching algorithms interactive within Algorithms have been updated and added to the repository.
  • Updated interactive: The word filter interactive within Formal Languages have been updated and added to the repository.
  • Updated interactives: Both the MIPS assembler and MIPS simulator were made open source by the original author, and we were given permission to incorporate our repository, and have been added to Programming Languages.
  • A list of all interactives are now available on the interactives page.

A full list of changes in this version is available on GitHub.

Release date: 19th February 2016

Downloads: Source available on GitHub

Notable changes:

A full list of changes in this version is available on GitHub.

Release date: 12th February 2016

Downloads: Source available on GitHub

Notable changes:

  • Fixed many broken links and typos from 2.0.0
  • Added calculator interactives to Introduction
  • Added RSA key generator to Encryption
  • Rewritten Braille Section in Data Representation

A full list of changes in this version is available on GitHub.

Release date: 5th February 2016

Downloads: Source available on GitHub

Notable changes:

  • First open source release
  • Produces both student and teacher versions
  • Produces landing page for selecting language
  • Added new NCEA curriculum guides on Encryption and Human Computer Interaction

A full list of changes in this version is available on GitHub.

Comments: The first major step in releasing a open source version of the Computer Science Field Guide. While some content (most notably interactives) have yet to be added to the new system, we are releasing this update for New Zealand teachers to use at the beginning of their academic year. For any interactives that are missing, links are in place to the older interactives.

Release date: 29th January 2016

Downloads: Source available on GitHub

Release date: 25th January 2016

Release date: 2nd December 2015

Comments: Released at CS4HS 2015.

Release date: 3rd February 2015

Comments: The last version of the CSFG before the open source version was adopted.

This release is archived for viewing here.