D3.js Resources to Level Up

D3.js Resources to Level Up

I have gotten a lot better at D3.js development over the past few years, and can trace most of my improvement to coming across a few key tutorials, blogs, books and other resources on the topic. They’ve been a huge help for me, and I’ve gathered a bunch of my favorites in this post to hopefully help others improve their D3 experience.

Sumnotes: Extract Highlights From Your PDF Documents

Sumnotes: Extract Highlights From Your PDF Documents

Sumnotes is the only simple, yet robust solution to scrape PDF books, lecture notes or research papers, helping you to focus on what matters to you. […] No installation, no adding bloat to your computer, everything you need is the internet connection and a web browser. […] Extracted annotations can be easily exported in to the DOC and TXT formats [and to Evernote!].

Write your thesis in Plain Text!

http://inlustre.net/2014/01/write-your-thesis-in-plain-text/

I really don’t understand why most people in the Humanities insist on using Microsoft Word to write their material. Universities habituate their undergraduate humanities students to Word and they really ought to stop it. I recently got a shock to my anti-Word stance when I wrote an article and was looking to submit it to a journal that only takes MS Word format articles. The journal also had a really nasty custom citation format, which complicated it even further.

MultiMarkdown + pandoc + LaTeX

Using markdown + pandoc to write my biology PhD thesis

My bf introduced me to markdown, and I saw that others had used it for theirthesis or papers, and that it was possible to add citations and everything else academics needed, with the help of pandoc. It basically uses the power of LaTex to create your document, but you get to concentrate on writing, in a simple text editor. It looked clean and tidy, and appealed to the procrastinating, typography-loving, tools-and-gadgets geek in me. Or maybe I’m just an academic hipster.

Beware the academic hipster (or, use what works for you)

Beware the academic hipster (or, use what works for you)

As a newly-minted PhD student, I was talking with a friend about writing papers. “Use LaTeX”, he said. I thought he meant the rubbery material commonly found in lab gloves. But apparently not. LaTeX (pronounced “lay-tech”) is typesetting software that he used for writing papers.

Mendeley and Google Drive

Mendeley and Google Drive

The point of this is to enable those of us who work on multiple PC’s to avoid lots of extra syncing and keep our file links intact.  Mendeley does a great job of syncing references and maintaining links – IFF you let it host the files.  If you do not, then it just syncs references and you have to manually relink at each new computer.

Empezando por el “principio”

Como es habitual, me enfrento al inicio de este trabajo pensando en cosas instrumentales como en qué idioma escribir en este blog (la elección parece obvia, aunque no prometo que no vaya a cambiar) y las herramientas que voy a utilizar. No porque considere que es lo más importante, sino porque es lo que me sale — y lo que más me entretiene.  Continúa leyendo Empezando por el “principio”