Category Archives: programming

Statistical Programming with R and Python

R and Python are two popular languages for those who want to do data analysis. In this post, I will cover some libraries, packages and resources that will help you quickly learn how to become proficient with these statistical and scripting languages. This post is intended for the beginner-intermediate level, though you may find some… Read More »

How to Learn Python Fast

Python is often recommended as a first programming language to beginners because of how fast and easy it is to write and execute code. Simplicity is literally built into it, and it isn’t uncommon to be able to write a 10-15 line function from other languages in 5 lines or less with Python. In addition… Read More »

Can the Raspberry Pi 2 be a HTPC?

After having flipped through several Linux and Raspberry Pi magazines, it became apparent to me that there is no shortage of things to do with a Pi. While certain projects approach what some might consider gimmicky (a portable briefcase retro gaming kit), others have recognizable utility that will only become more apparent with time, like a… Read More »

Rename files, folders, and their contents. With Python.

Ever had a hopelessly disorganized folder that doesn’t follow a specific format? Well, you can put together a script to rename all the files entirely and add a number to the end (or something to that effect), but you lose key identifying information contained in the filename e.g., “MyFirstHomeVid.avi” So what I did was create… Read More »

What is a hack, anyway?

TheFreeDictionary definition of hack: hack 1 (hăk) v. hacked, hack·ing, hacks 1. To cut or chop with repeated and irregular blows: hacked down the saplings. 2. To break up the surface of (soil). 3. Informal a. To alter (a computer program): hacked her text editor to read HTML. b. To gain access to (a… Read More »