Buses will leave promptly from the Bell Tower at 2pm on Friday, April 5th, DataFesters! Please remember to pack your weekend bag, and bring your $20 (cash only) to the bus!

And for the losers not going to DataFest, there will be no class on Friday. ☺

As announced in the amphitheatre today, homework #6 is now due midnight, April 3rd.

Hey DATA 219’ers, you are cordially invited to the 7th Annual UMW Computer Science Department Programming Contest™ on Friday, April 12th! Free pizza, snacks, and drinks will be provided, and teams will begin the contest at precisely 7pm. Normally the fun lasts until about midnight, when the leading teams bear down for a hair-raising neck-and-neck finish. Come have fun and strut your stuff!

Programming teams can consist of two or three students (who may, but don’t have to be, fellow 219’ers).

For those who compete, I’ll award bonus points which you can apply to any one quiz of your choice:

  1. Two points merely for showing up, eating pizza, and doing your best!
  2. One additional point for each of the eight programming challenge problems your team gets correct!

Form your team and get excited! (If you would like to be put on a team, email me well in advance and let me know that as well.)

Homework #6, a partner-based assignment, has been posted, and is due the last day of March.

If you’d like me to assign you a partner, please email me right away with subject line “DATA 219 Homework #6 partner request!

From Friday’s class, the code where we read the stephen.html file from the internet without even downloading it first, cleaned and tidied it, and displayed a bar plot of Stephen’s life.

From yesterday’s class, the code to screen-scrape the http://cs.umw.edu/~stephen/data219/stephen.html file.

Sorry about the last quiz question; the correct answer was marked as “true” when of course it should have been “false.” Corrected now. Carry on!

From Monday’s class, the Python code we used to illustrate SQL queries against the Spanish basketball data.

Homework #5 is an individual (non-team-based) assignment, and is due on Sunday night. Alley-oop!

Quiz #4 has been posted to Canvas and is due Wednesday at midnight. Good luck!