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Tuatara Turing Machine Simulator

Editors' Review

by   / January 08, 2009

Turing machines are abstract symbol-manipulating devices that can simulate the logic of computer algorithms. As such, they're useful for classroom demonstrations. This neat little application makes creating and executing such devices a snap.

Tuatara Turing Machine Simulator launches a well-designed interface with a variety of buttons and icons--all of which could be daunting to the layman, but should prove easily understandable to experienced mathematicians. This free application performed very well for us during testing. A well-crafted Help file clarified the purpose of buttons and icons and led us through the steps of creating and executing a Turing machine simulation. The use of colors and symbols was well considered by the developer, and we were pleased that we could execute each step of the simulation manually or automatically.

We might recommend using a larger, sans serif font for the simulations in future releases to make them easier to read. But overall, we recommend this tool for classroom use and for intrigued hobbyists.

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Editors' Review

by   / January 08, 2009

Turing machines are abstract symbol-manipulating devices that can simulate the logic of computer algorithms. As such, they're useful for classroom demonstrations. This neat little application makes creating and executing such devices a snap.

Tuatara Turing Machine Simulator launches a well-designed interface with a variety of buttons and icons--all of which could be daunting to the layman, but should prove easily understandable to experienced mathematicians. This free application performed very well for us during testing. A well-crafted Help file clarified the purpose of buttons and icons and led us through the steps of creating and executing a Turing machine simulation. The use of colors and symbols was well considered by the developer, and we were pleased that we could execute each step of the simulation manually or automatically.

We might recommend using a larger, sans serif font for the simulations in future releases to make them easier to read. But overall, we recommend this tool for classroom use and for intrigued hobbyists.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1

This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.

General

Publisher James Foulds
Publisher web site
Release Date December 17, 2007
Date Added December 17, 2007
Version 1

Category

Category Browsers
Subcategory Internet Explorer Add-ons & Plugins

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Download Information

File Size 147.06KB
File Name TuataraTMSim1.0.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 3,464
Downloads Last Week 1

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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