Data and Analytics Cool

Today’s post is a mere link dump about current preview projects coming straight from SQL Azure Labs, CodePlex and MSR. As origin suggests, all projects have a strong focus on the building blocks of our information economy – data. Now without further ado: Microsoft Codename "Data Explorer" Data explorer is a new cool tool (either…


F#, Wordle and Visual Text Analysis

In the previous post, I presented Wordle as a beautiful tool to compress natural language “documents”, i.e. a document is a sequence of words, into an aggregate – the word cloud. Consequently, while a multiset of documents may be hard to understand from the standpoint of information content, presented concepts, etc. an aggregate, summary, abstract,…


F# and Wordle

For those of us, who have not yet heard of Wordle: Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create…


MSR-puts the fun in Software Engineering

Some time ago, Microsoft Research (MSR) made Pex (a white-box testing tool) universally available in the form of a web challenge, called Pex for fun. Pex for fun followed the great example Project Euler, striving to build a challenge-oriented community while allowing “players” to familiarize themselves with the basics of Pex. Now, MSR and more…


Powershell–Query Disk Space

Today’s post is the advertisement of a simple script, which uses Powershell and WMI to query the disks and their usage of some machine(s). Furthermore, the script allows you to query a comma-separated list of hosts by name, set a usage treshold and some html file used to display the results. For example, the following…

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Adventures towards F# readability

Influenced by the sheer beauty of F# and the practicality of FsUnit, I decided to approach the concept of F# readability and more domain-oriented programming. For that I decided to program a small snippet, which pushes some element onto a stack of elements. However, instead of going with the usual, such as calling a function….


Some things to check out

  Today’s post is merely a link dump, of things I found while digging through my rss archive: Lync Conversation Translator Lync-Guistic, also known as Microsoft Lync 2010 Conversation Translator, allows you to send and receive instant messages with Microsoft Lync using the Microsoft Bing translation service. Bilingual users can provide translation feedback to help…


A Porter Stemmer in F#

  Citing from the introduction to Martin Porter’s work [1]: Removing suffixes by automatic means is an operation which is especially useful in the field of information retrieval. Consequently, a stemmer is a (software) program to reduce inflected words to their root form (word stem). To derive a word’s root form a stemming program uses…


F#-Querying WordNet Online

  Todays post focuses on using F# to query Princeton’s WordNet Online service for information about some word. According to WordNet’s home: WordNet® is a large lexical database of English. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms (synsets), each expressing a distinct concept. Synsets are interlinked by means of conceptual-semantic…

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F# and TFS2010–Retrieving all Work Items

  Today’s post is merely a little code fragment, that gets you started with using the TFS2010 API from F#. Assuming you have referenced the following Assemblies: System.Windows.Forms Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Client Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Common Microsoft.TeamFoundation.WorkItemTracking.Client the following code connects to a TFS Server (cbtfs, you might want to change the URI to your needs) on the default port (8080)…