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Mark Needham08/27/14
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R: Rook - Hello world example - 'Cannot find a suitable app in file'

I’ve been playing around with the Rook library and struggled a bit getting a basic Hello World application up and running so I thought I should document it.

Mikio Braun08/27/14
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Big Data & Machine Learning Convergence

As these two fields converge, work has to be done to provide the right set of mechanisms and abstractions. Right now I still think there is a considerable gap which we need to close over the next few years.

Mike Cottmeyer08/27/14
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Why Iterative Planning?

Planning and elaboration go hand in hand as items move from unknown problem -unknown solution to known problem-unknown solution to known problem – known solution.

Venkatesh Kris...08/27/14
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Measuring Business Value in Agile Projects

During backlog creation, user stories need to be compared and contrasted in order to promote maximum value delivery. The product owner might need to use different techniques, such as T-shirt sizing, in order to better prioritize the project’s stories.

Arthur Charpentier08/27/14
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Computational Actuarial Science, with R

A collection of datasets, originally for the book ‘Computational Actuarial Science with R’ edited by Arthur Charpentier (CAS with R). Now, the package contains a large variety of actuarial datasets.

Dharshan Rangegowda08/26/14
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Understanding durability & write safety in MongoDB

Durability is the "D" in the "ACID" properties popularized by traditional RDBMS. Durability is the guarantee that written data has been saved and will survive permanently. NoSQL databases like MongoDB give developers fine grained control over the durability of their write calls.

Saurabh Chhajed08/26/14
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How to Setup Realtime Analytics over Logs with ELK Stack

The ELK stack is ElasticSearch, Logstash and Kibana. These three provide a fully working real-time data analytics tool for getting wonderful information sitting on your data.

Dave Bush08/25/14
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JavaScript Performance Tweaks

So, I started reading High Performance JavaScript recently and I thought now might be a good time to give a summary of what I’ve learned so far.

Rob Galanakis08/25/14
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The low status of software engineers

Bill had two very different experiences interviewing for two different positions at two different companies: one as a software engineer, and one as a VP-level manager.

Bob Hartman08/25/14
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Scrum Basics: When Should We Schedule Sprint Transitions?

For a one week sprint, it’s possible to do Review, Retrospective, and Planning all on Wednesday morning.

Ian Mitchell08/25/14
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Counting Chickens: Undone Work in Scrum

By definition, any work that has not been completed to the satisfaction of the DoD remains undone. Taking work off a Product Backlog just because it is on a Sprint Backlog is therefore precocious and a mistake.

Steven Willmott08/25/14
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The Macro Effects of APIs – Rise of the API Economy

Having stated the Axioms in previous posts, a number of big picture questions arise: beyond how they are related to individual organizations, what effect do they have on the evolution of the web and the economy as a whole? What challenges are there in making the API Economy a reality?

Kin Lane08/22/14
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Sorry Google, Your Programming Test Is Not A Valid Measurement Of My Skills

I understand that you have to qualify large number of folks, at your very algorithmic-centric company, but when it comes to measuring what I do, a programming test isn’t a thing.

Giuseppe Vettigli08/22/14
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Quick HDF5 with Pandas

HDF5 is a format designed to store large numerical arrays of homogenous type. It cames particularly handy when you need to organize your data models in a hierarchical fashion and you also need a fast way to retrieve the data. Pandas implements a quick and intuitive interface for this format and in this post will shortly introduce how it works.

Abby Fichtner08/22/14
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Why We Need to Teach Kids to Code

Coding (computer programming) is the art of creating anything from computer games and iPhone apps to computational models that help us improve health care. As our kids grow up, this ability to code will become as fundamental as reading and writing to their success, regardless of what occupation they ultimately choose.