Update! Response Time Analysis of Runestone API’s

The graph pretty much tells the story. Things are much better after upgrading to a server with two more CPUs! You can see that the latencies are below their old levels starting on the 19th.

This afternoon I dusted off my old Bank Teller simulation that I use in Data …

more ...


Runestone Summer Review Part I

With just about 10 days until classes start, my focus must switch to prep, teaching, and the inevitable committee and faculty meetings. But I wanted to take some time to document a few highlights of the summer. One of the biggest highlights is a redesigned instructor interface for Runestone, that …

more ...

Runestone the Gathering

Back in March I had the following conversation with my friend Paul Resnick. “Should we organize a hack-week for runestone?” Paul asked. “Uhmmm sure,” I said wondering to myself who would come? Not that I lacked enthusiasm for the idea, after all what could be better than a week of …

more ...

Anagrams Revisited

Revisiting an Anagram Detector

The following example is taken from Problem Solving with Algorithms and Data Structures using Python. We wrote this example for the first edition of the book 10 years ago! Our thinking at the time was to write Python in a way that would prepare students for Java and/or C++. In addition, the algorithms were written to illustrate specific "Big-O" runtimes.

more ...

The Importance of Good Indices

On the Importance of Good Indices

The beginning of a new school year is always a busy time. But these last three years I have found myself holding my breath and watching Google’s real time analytics with more than a bit of nervousness. The charts below should give you a good idea why.

more ...

Organizing your Runestone Course

With the latest release of the Runestone Tools for this Fall I added a feature that will allow you to edit the table of contents file for your course. This lets you do two really nice things:

  1. You can move chapters around and/or remove sections that you are not …
more ...

Talk Python to me

Date Tags Python

This interview with Michael Kennedy was really fun to record, and a nice overview of some of the work I have been doing over the past few years. The podcast is well worth subscribing and listening to as he talks to a lot of interesting people about good Python packages …

more ...