Daily Art by Saskia Freeke

Saskia Freeke (twitter) is a Dutch artist, creative coder, interaction designer, visual designer, and educator working from Amsterdam. She has been creating an awesome digital art piece for every day since January 1st 2015. Her ever-growing collection includes some animated, visual masterpieces. My personal favorites are Saskia’s moving works, her GIFs: Saskia uses Processing to…

Free Programming Books (I still need to read)

There are multiple unread e-mails in my inbox. Links to books. Just sitting there. Waiting to be opened, read. For months already. The sender, you ask? Me. Paul van der Laken. A nuisance that guy, I tell you. He keeps sending me reminders, of stuff to do, books to read. Books he’s sure a more…

GoalKicker: Free Programming Books

This specific link has been on my to-do list for so-long now that I’ve decided to just share it without any further ado. The people behind GoalKicker, for whatever reason, decided to compile nearly 100 books on different programming languages based on among others StackOverflow entries. Their open access library contains books on languages from…

Screeps: An AI colony simulation game for programmers

A while back I discovered this free game called Screeps: an RTS colony-simulation game specifically directed AI programmers. I was immediately intrigued by the concept, but it took me a while to find the time and courage to play. When I finally got to playing though, I lost myself in the game for several days…

#100DaysOfCode: Machine Learning & Data Visualization

2018 seemed to be the year of challenges going viral on the web. Most of them were plain stupid and/or dangerous. However, one viral challenge I did like: #100DaysOfCode 1. Code minimum an hour every day for the next 100 days. 2. Tweet your progress every day with the #100DaysOfCode hashtag. 3. Each day, reach…

Papers with Code: State-of-the-Art

OK, this is a really great find! The website PapersWithCode.com lists all scientific publications of which the codes are open-sourced on GitHub. Moreover, you can sort these papers by the stars they accumulated on Github over the past days. The authors, @rbstojnic and @rosstaylor90, just made this in their spare time. Thank you, sirs! Papers with Code allows you to quickly…

Animated vs. Static Data Visualizations

GIFs or animations are rising quickly in the data visualization world (see for instance here). However, in my personal experience, they are not as widely used in business settings. You might even say animations are frowned by, for instance, LinkedIn, which removed the option to even post GIFs on their platform! Nevertheless, animations can be…

Data Visualization Tools & Resources

There’s this amazing overview of helpful dataviz resources atwww.visualisingdata.com/resources! Browse through hundreds of helpful data visualization tools, programs, and services. All neatly organized by Andy Kirk in categories: data handling, applications, programming, web-based, qualitative, mapping, specialist, and colour. What a great repository! Looking for expert books on data visualization?Have a look at these recommendations!

7 tips for writing cleaner JavaScript code, translated to 3.5 tips for R programming

I recently came across this lovely article where Ali Spittel provides 7 tips for writing cleaner JavaScript code. Enthusiastic about her guidelines, I wanted to translate them to the R programming environment. However, since R is not an object-oriented programming language, not all tips were equally relevant in my opinion. Here’s what really stood out for me. 1….