Data Presentation Tips

When we present data in a report or spreadsheet we often use some type of graph or chart to make the information clearer to understand. Unfortunately, using the wrong type of presentation can confuse the reader. Consider these data: And these two presentations: Intuitively, the second seems easier to read, but why? The first is […]
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Parallel or Perish: Distributed Multiprocessing with MPI and Python

In the previous installment, we discussed how distributed multiprocessing architectures come to dominate the supercomputing arena. Smaller, somewhat less than “super”, clusters continue to find practical applications. As we mentioned, Hadoop and Spark clusters are designed to map code to multiple computers so the code can be applied to a great deal of data distributed […]
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Blazor: Why, When…and Your Future

Blazor is Microsoft’s cross-platform technology for creating client-side, browser-based applications in C# using .NET Core. It really does work and, more importantly, really could change everything. The immediate reason that IT shops should be interested in Blazor is because it reduces the size of the shop’s toolbox. The long term reason that you want to […]
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Developers: Get Good with your IDE for Productivity

I’ve watched many beginning developers learn the bare minimum about their IDE, and then… stop. Just enough to edit, compile, and run. This is not enough. No matter what language you code in, and no matter what IDE you use, you spend a lot of your day using the tool. So it’s worth investing the […]
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Why Order Matters

While it may seem strange, sometimes it is possible for a mathematical expression to have two different right answers. Consider: This expression has been discussed on the Internet since 2011! The correct answer could be either 2 or 288. Really. It depends on how the expression is evaluated. To understand that we have to understand […]
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