A Brief Introduction to the R Programming Language

The R programming language is an open-source, interactive language that was designed for manipulating datasets, creating visualizations, and performing statistical analyses.  It is based on the S language, which was originally developed at Bell Laboratories.  R is a full-featured language (it supports conditionals, loops, functions, I/O, etc.) and its functionality can be easily extended by […]

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Making Windows Server 2008 R2 Look And Feel Like Windows 7

Amazon EC2 supports creating Windows Server instances in the cloud; however, it does not currently support creating instances of the desktop versions of Windows, such as Windows 7.  Although using a server edition is acceptable for most uses of EC2, a desktop version of Windows may be preferable if end users will be interacting with […]

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Increasing the Amount of Memory Available to a 32-bit Windows Application

Despite the fact that I am running a 64-bit version of Windows 7, I sometimes need to run 32-bit applications.  By default these applications are only able to use 2 GB of memory, regardless of the amount of available memory on the system (see: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/memory/memory-limits-for-windows-releases ).  However, I sometimes need these 32-bit applications to be […]

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Running a Jenkins Job on an Amazon EC2 Windows Slave

Continuous integration (CI) is a key component of agile software development that all organizations should strive to include in their development process.  However, for small organizations with little or no infrastructure, purchasing and maintaining a server to use for continuous integration is extremely impractical and often infeasible.  In these situations it is more cost-effective to […]

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Calling Python Code from C++

When developing an application in programming language A you may discover that certain parts of the program are easier to code using a different language B.  At this point you have one of three choices: Write the application entirely in language A. Write the application entirely in language B. Write most of the application using […]

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Continuous Delivery Means Deployment is a Business Decision

The focus of continuous delivery isn’t just about being quicker when developing and deploying, but rather delivering business value continuously. And we only see business value from software when it is made available to end users. I heard a project lead explain that his team had a continuous delivery process. They used source control management […]

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