Day: December 1, 2020

Tune cloud app performance and cost efficiency

The elastic capabilities of public cloud computing are both good and bad. We can provision all the resources and cloud architects to solve performance issues. But tossing money at the situation willy-nilly doesn’t fix the root causes of the problems, which are typically traceable to bad design or bad coding.

However some basic tricks of the cloud application development and design trade should allow you to at least reduce the number of performance issues (and by extension, trim monthly cloud bills as well). Here are three of the top ways to improve performance and cost efficiency and not break the

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Steeltoe: Simplify building .NET cloud microservices

The .NET Foundation is the home for more than .NET. It’s the open source hub for languages and frameworks to help you build on top of the various .NET runtimes and compilers, with contributions from companies and individuals around the world.

One of the more popular tools came out of Pivotal (now part of VMware again). Intended to help developers build better .NET microservices, Steeltoe serves as a bridge between .NET and Pivotal’s Spring Cloud and Cloud Foundry platforms, as well as to Kubernetes and other containers, with a set of libraries that speed up application development. Now that it’s

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How to create ggplot labels in R

Labeling all or some of your data with text can help tell a story — even when your graph is using other cues like color and size. ggplot has a couple of built-in ways of doing this, and the ggrepel package adds some more functionality to those options. 

For this demo, I’ll start with a scatter plot looking at percentage of adults with at least a four-year college degree vs. known Covid-19 cases per capita in Massachusetts counties. (The theory: A college education might mean you’re more likely to have a job that lets you work safely from home. Of

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How to create ggplot labels in R

Hi. I’m Sharon Machlis at IDG Communications, here with Episode 54 of Do More With R: Add text labels to your ggplot graphs.

Labeling all or some of your data with text can be helpful in telling a story – even when your graph is using other cues like color and size. ggplot has built-in ways of doing this. And, the ggrepel package adds some functionality to those. Let’s take a look at how those work.

For this demo, I’ll start with a scatter plot looking at known Covid-19 cases per capita in Massachusetts counties. Here I’m interested in whether

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Dear pandemic, please go away so I can visit Super Nintendo World

Dear pandemic, please go away so I can visit Super Nintendo World

Credit:
Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan has set a release date for the Nintendo portion of its park, which has been under construction for several years at this point. The “land,” called Super Nintendo World, will open on February 4, 2021. I would be the very first in line when they cut the ribbon, but for the global pandemic. So I really need that thing to go away so I can enjoy some real life Mario-themed shenanigans.

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