Month: March 2020

Easier ggplot with the ggeasy R package

The ggplot2 data visualization R package is extremely powerful and flexible. However, it’s not always easy to remember how to do every task – especially if you’re not a frequent user. How do you change the size of a graph title? How do you remove legend titles? My usual solution is to save RStudio code snippets for things I have trouble remembering. But there’s also a package that can help: ggeasy.

As the name says, the goal of ggeasy is to, well, make ggplot2 easy – or at least easier. It has what some people may find

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Easier ggplot with the ggeasy R package

The ggplot2 data visualization R package is extremely powerful and flexible. However, it’s not always easy to remember how to do every task – especially if you’re not a frequent user. How do you change the size of a graph title? How do you remove legend titles? My usual solution is to save RStudio code snippets for things I have trouble remembering. But there’s also a package that can help: ggeasy.

As the name says, the goal of ggeasy is to, well, make ggplot2 easy – or at least easier. It has what some people may find

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Microsoft previews F# 5 | InfoWorld

Microsoft is previewing F# 5, an upgrade to the company’s open source, “functional-first” language that emphasizes interactive, analytical programming.

The preview is available via the .NET 5 Preview SDK or Jupyter Notebooks for .NET. Visual Studio users on Windows will need the .NET 5 preview SDK and Visual Studio Preview

Aligning with improved .NET support in Jupyter notebooks, a number of improvements in F# 5 including language changes were aimed at making the interactive programming experience better overall. More features in this vein are planned for a future preview.

New and improved F# features, with the intent

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Amazon-backed EV startup closes factories and offices amid pandemic

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, life and business is on hold for a lot of us. Now, electric vehicle startup Rivian is joining the list of companies on pause until the coronavirus pandemic is addressed.

[Read: NASCAR swaps race tracks for pixels in pivot to esports amid coronavirus race cancellations]

Rivian, known for its high-range and practical all-electric SUVs, is shutting down all its facilities, TechCrunch reports.

But it’s great to hear that the company will continue to pay its salaried and hourly workers during what will be, hopefully, a temporary shutdown.

The Michigan-headquartered EV startup employs over

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Can APIs be copyrighted? | ITworld

The great billion dollar sumo match between Oracle and Google has been winding its way through the courts and is just about to reach the final round where the US Supreme Court will decide, among other things, whether an API can be copyrighted. There are a number of nuances to the case including accusations of pure plagiarism, but the tantalizing question about APIs and whether they might be copyrightable is giving programmers and their good friends, the lawyers, something to argue about for many billable hours.

On one side of the debate are programmers who are wondering if there’s one

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How to stay safe and sane during coronavirus isolation, according to science

People who suspect they may have come into contact with the coronavirus are being advised to self-isolate (stay at home) for 14 days. For some people, the idea of self-isolation may seem like a dream come true. For others, the idea of being cut off from the outside world, alone, or with only a few close family members, will fill them with dread – ask any parent who has had to entertain two small children at home on a wet afternoon.

When people are stuck indoors for long periods of time, they can report getting “cabin fever” or feel like

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