Analyzing SQL Server Data with R and RODBC

Down the Rabbit Hole with RODBC The most direct method for reading SQL Server data into the statistical program R is with ODBC. If R is running on a Windows system, this is straightforward using the R package RODBC. On a Linux system, the installation of RODBC is more challenging. Of course, RODBC requires a […]
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Why Should You Pursue a Microsoft Certification?

If you’re considering taking a Microsoft Official Curriculum course (or your company is considering sending you to one) you should know that it’s a good choice for both of you. The most obvious benefit of taking a Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) course is that you’re getting information about Microsoft technologies from the source. Coupled with […]
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Patch Your Samba Servers or Risk a Worse Version of WannaCry

The big cybersecurity news of the past couple of weeks has been the WannaCry worm. It took advantage of some rather old bugs, dating back to Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. We got lucky! The vulnerability, the problems in the targets, allowed unlimited abuse. But the exploit, the attackers’ code, had a built-in “kill […]
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New Features in C# 7

In this article, we’ll look at some of the new language features of C# 7 that will help us write cleaner, less buggy code in a shorter time. Binary literals In C# 6 we can currently represent integers in decimal or hexadecimal formats. int d = 42; int h = 0x2A; In C# 7, we […]
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Is functional programming more effective than object-oriented programming?

Imperative vs functional programming. It’s a debate that goes back to the birth of high-level languages—Fortran vs Lisp. In later years, it was retreaded as object-oriented vs function programming (OOP vs FP)—OOP having become the (massively) dominant software development paradigm. And, I’m a fully paid-up member. I embraced Object Pascal via Delphi 1 on 1995 […]
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