2020 Training Review

This blog post was written by our intern Osheen Macoscar. 2020 is a year most of us would like to leave behind. But not all change is bad, and many interesting developments, especially in education, happened due to the constraints imposed by COVID. Like many other training providers, we had to pivot to online learning, which brought with it challenges but also new opportunities. This review will hopefully offer some insight into what the year looked like for our trainers and training course attendees with some key facts and figures along the way.

Git: Moving from Master to Main

In June 2020, GitHub announced that is was moving the default branch name from master to the more neutral name, main. GitLab followed suit in a few months later. Tobie Langel makes the salient point on why changing the name is a good thing: So master is not only racist, it’s also a silly name in the first place. The purpose of this post is summarise some of the challenges we faced when moving from master to main, with the goal that if you decide to make the same change, you’ll hopefully avoid some of the issues.

Job vacancies at Jumping Rivers!

In line with the continuous growth at Jumping Rivers, we are looking to expand our team of dedicated professionals working in our teams. If you are enthusiastic and keen to develop your skills in cutting edge data science or infrastructure please read on! Who are we and what do we do? Jumping Rivers is an analytics company whose passion is data and machine learning. We help our clients move from data storage to data insights.

Jumping Rivers 2021 Online Training Schedule

Good news! In tandom with the loosening of lockdown restrictions, Jumping Rivers has released the updated 2021 public, online training course schedule. We are offering courses across multiple programming languages, including R, Python, Stan, Scala and git. In the past year, we have converted all of our courses to be online friendly and have recieved great feedback in relation to interactivity, course structure and overall attendee satisfaction. Some examples of feedback we have recieved can be seen below:

The (Delayed) 2019 Training Review

Don’t we all miss 2019 (blame Covid for the long delay in this post). The days of going to work and seeing your work colleagues face to face - and for some of you, attending one of our on-site training courses! 2019 was a great year for us. Not only have we broken new boundaries, we have recruited new full-time staff which have furthermore contributed to the glowing success of the company.

Detecting Security Vulnerabilities in R Packages

One of our main roles at Jumping Rivers is to set-up and provide ongoing maintenance to R, Python and RStudio infrastructure. This typically involves ensuring software is up-to-date and making sure everything is running smoothly. The OSS Index developed by Sonatype is a free catalogue of open source components and scanning tools to help developers identify vulnerabilities, understand risk, and keep their software safe. The {oysteR} package is an R interface to the OSS Index that allows users to scan their installed R packages.