Archive for January, 2016

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Kaggle Datasets

From the blog post introducing Kaggle Datasets: Kaggle Datasets has four core components: Access: simple, consistent access to the data with clear licensing Analysis: a way to explore the data without downloading it Results: visibility to the previous work that’s been created on the data Conversation: forums and comments for discussing the nuances of the […]

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

IDL wish list: a new widget toolkit

Finally, for the my last (for now) IDL wish list item: a new widget toolkit. This wish list item is for a native widget toolkit, not the ability to create interactive web pages, though that would be good too. This widget toolkit would: be supported on all platforms supported by IDL have a clean, modern […]

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Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Python Unlocked

I find myself reading more about best practices, especially in Python.

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Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

IDL wish list: remove the comma

If . can be used for the -> operator, the extra comma can be removed from IDL!

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Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

IDL wish list: inherited positional parameters

IDL has had keyword inheritance for a long time. The special keywords _EXTRA, _REF_EXTRA, and _STRICT_EXTRA are used to have a wrapper routine pass its keywords to some routine that it calls. It would be convenient to have corresponding inherited positional parameters, perhaps using the analogous specially named parameter _extra: pro mg_print, _extra, _extra=e compile_opt […]

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