Carnegie Mellon University has released 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, died at age 47 of pancreatic cancer last year, 10 months after giving his “last lecture” about facing death that became an internet sensation and spawned a best-selling book. Alice 3, the software’s latest version, is designed to teach programming using a “drag and drop” interface to create 3-D animations. Intended to serve as an introductory programming course for...

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