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Webucator Awards Computer Science Scholarship to University of Washington Student

Webucator offers a Computer Science scholarship annually to support a student who shows potential for leadership in the field of Computer Science. There was a lot of interest in the scholarship again this year and we are happy to award it to Hokyin (Joe) Ma, a student at the University of Washington. Hokyin has been interested in computer science since he was 12 years old and hopes to turn his passion into a career. Continue Reading »


Still using Python 2? It is time to upgrade.

Most Python programmers agree that Python 3, which has been available since 2008, is a big improvement over Python 2, but many (most?) Python developers are still using Python 2. The main reasons for this, according to a 2014 survey, are:

  1. They are relying on Python 2 libraries that have not been ported to Python 3.
  2. They have a large Python 2 code base, which would be time consuming and difficult to rewrite.
  3. They see no real advantage to switching.

But there are now clear signs that Python 2, which one developer argues we should start calling “Legacy Python”, is on it’s way out. Continue Reading »


How to Change the Home Directory for IPython Notebook

You used to be able to change the default (i.e., Home) directory in IPython Notebook on Windows by setting the c.NotebookApp.notebook_dir property in ipython_notebook_config.py, but that doesn’t appear to be working anymore. The workaround I found was to create a batch file and pin it to the Windows taskbar. Here’s how: Continue Reading »