First day on JFLAP project

Today is my first day working on JFLAP project! JFLAP is an educational software that teaches students about automata and turing machines etc. As instructed by my supervisor, I created a blog here. I’m just going to copy and paste what I write there to here daily.

Here’s my first day blog:

Today is my first day of working on JFLAP, and I actually did quite a lot. I got two books in the morning: Formal Languages and Automata by Linz and JFLAP by Rodger and Finley. I finished reading the first two chapters of Linz’s book. The first chapter introduces some basic concepts that include language, grammer and automaton, while the second teaches me about deterministic finite automata (DFA) and nondeterministic finate automata (NFA). I learned that these two automata may seem different, but they are able to transform to one another.

I then downloaded version 7 of JFLAP and tested the software following the JFLAP intro book. The software is very easy to use and since I read the chapters in Linz’s book, the graphs were familiar to me. I find that there are also many other features besides DFA and NFA. Hope that I can learn about them later in the summer.

In the afternoon I was given access to a cs.duke.edu server. To my frustration my account is not a sudoer, which means for now I can only build this blog with html and css. I will see if I can install wordpress later. That will make this website much prettier. In either case there will be many changes to this page for sure.

A lot left to learn, wish myself best of luck.

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