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Better TeX math typesetting in Hugo

Aug 7, 2016 math blog web hugo

There is a page in the Hugo documentation that describes how to use MathJax to embed nicely-typeset mathematics in one’s Hugo-generated site.

For my own site, I took this as a starting point and made a few improvements. Here’s how I do the math typesetting in this blog.

Curious behavior when de-duplicating a collection in PowerShell

Aug 2, 2016 powershell performance bug

This is a bug/curiosity in PowerShell that I stumbled upon a few years ago, but never wrote up. The behavior hasn’t changed significantly in the intervening verions, so now I’m finally getting around to a quick blog post.

Git for Windows accidentally creates NTFS alternate data streams

Jul 20, 2016 git neat windows bug

As part of the small minority of devs at my company who primarily run Windows, I’m accustomed to working around occasional Unix-specific behaviors in our build and deployment systems. Cygwin makes most stuff just work, I can fix simple incompatibilities myself, and as a last resort I can always boot into OSX for a while if needed.

One oddity that took me quite some time to diagnose, though, was Git’s strange behavior when dealing with files in our repo whose names contained a colon.

Moving to a static site generator

Jun 13, 2016 blog web hugo

This blog started on wordpress.com back in February of 2012, then in November 2013 I moved it to a hosted WordPress.org site here at latkin.org. WordPress is quite nice, but it seemed like it was a bit heavyweight given my very basic needs. I’ve wanted to slim down the site and get more hands-on for a while, now.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been migrating the entire blog to the Hugo static site generator. I’m pleased to announce that the migration is complete!

Benchmarking IEnumerables in F# - Seq.timed

Feb 8, 2016 F# performance

It’s pretty straightforward to do basic benchmarking of a single, self-contained piece of code in .NET. You just make a Stopwatch sandwich (let sw = Stopwatch.StartNew(); <code goes here>; sw.Stop()), then read off the elapsed time from the Stopwatch.

What about measuring the throughput of a data pipeline? In this case one is less interested in timing a single block of code from start to finish, and more interested in bulk metrics like computations/sec or milliseconds/item. Oftentimes such pipelines are persistent or very long-running, so a useful benchmark would not be a one-time measurement, but rather something that samples repeatedly.

Furthermore, it’s sometimes difficult to determine where the bottleneck in a chain of computations lies. Is the root data source the culprit? Or is it perhaps an intermediate transformation that’s slow, or even the final consumer?