Announcements

New! The coolest quote I have ever seen about computing. If you learn nothing else in this course but really learn this, it would be a very valuable course. This is by Douglas Crockford from the Read This First chapter of his new book.

I strongly recommend that you do not copy and paste code that you do not understand, even mine. This seems to have become a standard practice, but it is dangerous and reckless. It is not nearly as stupid as installing packages that you haven't even looked at, but it is still really bad. Given the current state of the art, the most important security filter is your brain. Use it. This is important.

New! The files at the web site for my part of graduate student orientation 2018 have been changed as Judy from LATIS told us about in class. So the parallel examples in there work as they are supposed to.

The course announcement (linked in the navigation to the left) has been revised for the upcoming semester.

Course material for this course is scattered all over the place. We will look at some material from

Needless to say this is too much material for one course. We can discuss what we want to do.

Why your humble instructor is anti-C++.

Speaking of Scott Meyers, he has another wonderful talk titled The Most Important Design Guideline, the guideline being Make Interfaces Easy to Use Correctly and Hard to Use Incorrectly. See also the section on GIEMO in my Stat 3701 notes.

Speaking of wonderful talks, the best talk I know of about R is by Martin Mächler (a member of the R core team), Good Practices in R Programming, which is also recommended on my Stat 3701 home page.

Your curmugeonly instructor is also not a big fan of OOP (object-oriented programming). In this he has some fellow travelers (see here or here).

Speaking of Scott Meyers, he has another wonderful talk titled CPU Caches and Why You Care. This talk is about hardware and what you need to do to make it go fast. Two guidelines (of several)

Unfortunately, your humble instructor knows too little about this subject to make a unit on it. So this course won't cover it. But you cannot make programs go fast without understanding this, so perhaps we should somehow. We can talk about that.