Disclaimer

Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

Recent posts

Red-R

From a reader, a link to Red-R, a visual programming environment for R. The six-minute screencast on the documentation page shows what it's capable of. I don...
December 02, 2010

Programmer Competency Matrix

There's no scientific research behind this tabulation of what programmers ought to know, and some of the categorizations are unactionably vague, but it's sti...
December 02, 2010

Prerequisites (or, When to Say No)

How much should Software Carpentry assume students know before they start? Or to put a sharper point on it, how much should this course require students to k...
December 02, 2010

Peer to Peer

One of the things we think didn't work well in this term's online run of the course was peer-to-peer discussion among students. Such discussion is one sign ...
December 02, 2010