Carnegie Mellon University is getting set to release an updated version of its popular animation-based software program "Alice," developed by the late "last lecture" professor Randy Pausch to teach computer programming.

Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon computer science professor and pioneer of virtual reality research, was involved with the Alice software project. He died at age 47 of pancreatic cancer last July, 10 months after giving his "last lecture" about facing death that became an internet sensation and spawned his best-selling book, The Last Lecture.

Alice 3--expected to debut later this week, according to university officials--is designed to teach programming using a "drag...

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