With the fun and insanity of the AP Computer Science exam behind us (with hopefully successful results, of course), I now face the annual challenge of how to occupy their time between now and the end of the year (2-1/2 weeks for seniors, 4-1/2 weeks for juniors). Over the years I’ve tried a number of different approaches, including Microsoft’s Terrarium project, programming Pocket PC applications, and even XNA (XBox game development); most have had mediocre success rates, primarily because of the limited time to work in.
This year I’m trying something different: Facebook App development. CodePlex has a link describing libraries for C# that allow creation of Facebook Apps through Visual Studio. Since all my AP students are versed in C# (prerequisite), and everybody has a Facebook account nowadays, this seems a natural connection.
While I’m not expecting the next Farmville or Mafia Wars (or worse, Mafia Farmville Wars!), hopefully I’ll have some interesting things to report as the month continues.