Shiny Server is a cool tool for deploying data visualizations based on statistical analysis with the R programming language to the web. I just wrote a guest post on Quality and Innovation (Nicole’s blog) on how to install your very own Shiny Server. Check it out!
OMFG! From the why-the-hell-did-this-take-so-long department, I bring you an exciting announcement: you may never, ever have to pay for a trusted SSL certificate for your website again! E-ver! I’d like to introduce you to Let’s Encrypt. From their website: Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. Let’s Encrypt […]
PHP 7 is here!!! …well, almost. As of the writing of this post, we’ve reached the 7th Release Candidate (!) phase, so it shouldn’t be too much longer until a stable release is made official. With reports of between 25% and 70% speed improvements, all of us PHP devs should be very excited about this. […]
The Entity-Attribute-Value (EAV) pattern can be used to flexibly add or remove properties to an object and its corresponding data model. There is some debate about if and when it is appropriate to use EAV. I’ll provide my opinions here, and also a tutorial on how to implement EAV into a Laravel 5.1 application using Cartalyst’s […]
A debate, heated in the way only interwebs debates can be, has been raging for the past few days about a math problem. In a nutshell, here’s what happened. The math problem was this: 5 x 3 = _____ The instructions said “use the repeated addition strategy.” The child answered “15” and showed the work […]
A friend of mine posted a link on Facebook to an article entitled This is what would happen if college tuition became free in America. The main thrust of the article is that because “free” tuition actually increased debt and decreased participation for lower-income students in some other countries that have tried it, the same […]