[Note corrected date: Nov. 12] We will discuss using Markdown (a light-weight markup language with plain-text formatting syntax) for technical writing, including the support of LaTeX-style mathematics typesetting and bibliography. The approach can be applied to writing dissertation, research manuscripts, presentation slides, and web pages from the same set of source files. A number of documentation-building tools around the Markdown format will be introduced. We will also discuss using GitHub and Travis CI for version control and automatic building of documents and web pages.
We will explore the features of the Julia programming language in the context of research computing, and compare it with other scripting languages such as Python and MATLAB. We will also discuss Julia language’s ecosystem, including its standard library, documentation system, unit test, package management and more, from the standpoints of reproducible computational science and modern software engineering.