Weimar 2018 – Photo Scavenger Hunt

Follow the Traces of History in Weimar

Your Task: Find 15 of the following places and take a picture of your group in front of the historical monument. (Hint: don’t visit the places in the sequence they appear here).

The Prize: Dinner with Dr. Gaettens and Dr. Fontenot, our treat, in the coming week or two, and the satisfaction of winning 🙂

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Testing More than One Thing with Catch

In a modern piece of software, you wouldn’t have tests for just one class.  You’d have exhaustive tests for all the functionality in your program.  However, it would be challenging to put all of the tests in one single tests.cpp file.   [Read more…]

Setting up Docker and MySQL

Docker is an application that simplifies the create/deploy/run software dev cycle by using the concept of containers.  A container is a way to package up an application and all of its dependencies.

Do the following to get Docker installed and a MySQL server running in a container. [Read more…]

Spring 2018 Data Structures Prep

It is no secret that CSE 2341 – Data Structures – is a very demanding course.   The course requires a great deal of dedication and perseverance.  I have received a few requests about what to do over winter break in terms of review and prep.  This blog post has some suggestions and links to possibly useful info.

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Gearing Up for a taste of Data Science

Here are some things to do to gear up for getting a taste of Data Science in CSE 3330.

  1. Download and install R. You can download it from this link
  2. Download and install RStudio from this link. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the installers for various platforms.  Note that you will run this on your laptop directly, not through vagrant or anything like that.

Good Resources:

  • The RStudio folks also produce some very useful cheat sheets for using R and RStudio.  You can find a list of them here.
  • Data Camp’s Introduction to R (a Free Course)

More to come…

 

SMU in Weimar 2017 Info

Some important/useful information for our amazing study-abroad trip this summer:

Travel Info

Class Docs

Binary Trees and Binary Search Trees

Trees are a very important data structure, especially binary trees and its variants.  Please watch the videos linked below to get up to speed on Trees, Binary Trees, Binary Search Trees.

 

More on Linked Lists in C++

Linked lists can be tricky some times.  Here are some additional resources as you’re working through understanding them.

Youtube Videos:

Learning SQL

For those new to it, SQL can be difficult initially to wrap your head around.  One of the reasons is because it requires a different type of thinking from other languages like Java, Python, or C. You have to learn to think in sets (remember all those Venn diagrams from various places throughout school?). [Read more…]

B+ Trees

B+ Trees are very efficient search tree data structures that are related to binary search trees.  They are particularly useful in indexing situations where the entire data set cannot fit into main memory at one time.  Each node in a B+ Tree contains multiple keys and pointers (as compared to 1 key and two pointers in a binary search tree).   [Read more…]