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Bridging the gap between research and implementation

By Ben Lorica
February 15, 2014

One of the most popular offerings at Strata Santa Clara was Hardcore Data Science day. Over the next few weeks we hope to profile some of the speakers who presented, and make the video of the talks available as a …

Four short links: 14 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 14, 2014

Bitcoin: Understanding and Assessing Potential Opportunities (Slideshare) — VC deck on Bitcoin market and opportunities, long-term and short-term. Interesting lens on the development and gaps. Queensland Police Map Crime Scenes with 3D Scanner (ComputerWorld) — can’t wait for the 3D …

An introduction to TypeScript

By Peter Cooper
February 13, 2014

At Fluent 2013, O’Reilly’s conference dedicated to the Web Platform, JavaScript and HTML5, Microsoft’s Luke Hoban spoke about TypeScript, a strict superset of JavaScript that adds optional static typing, modules, and classes. In Introduction to TypeScript, Luke presented a 40 …

Writing without knowing

By Simon St. Laurent
February 13, 2014

Sometimes you just need to leap into sharing your learning, even when you haven’t yet learned much. “Beginner’s mind” usually becomes more abstract as a person advances, making it difficult for beginners to learn from experts. If you can dare …

Four short links: 13 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 13, 2014

The Common Crawl WWW Ranking — open data, open methodology, behind an open ranking of the top sites on the web. Preprint paper available. (via Slashdot) Felton’s Sensors (Quartz) — inside the gadgets Nicholas Felton uses to quantify himself. Myo …

Searching for the software stack for the physical world

By Matthew Gast
February 12, 2014

When I flip through a book on networking, one of the first things I look for is the protocol stack diagram. An elegant representation of the protocol stack can help you make sense of where to put things, separate out …

Why Ruby blocks exist

By Jay McGavren
February 12, 2014

It seems like more and more languages these days are getting support for closures in one form or another. (Even Java is getting in on the game, finally.) Ruby has had closure-like structures called blocks since its early days, though, and they’re …

New Advanced Java Course Covers Algorithms and Data Structures

By gheineman
February 11, 2014

Computer science is commonly described as the scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications, and it depends on a solid working knowledge of data structures and applications. Many Computer Scientists were drawn to the field because they were introduced to algorithms early in their education or professional development. Too often, however, the texts …

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Iterate on Performance

By Lara Swanson
February 11, 2014

The two most important tasks to ensure your site remains fast are benchmarking and iterating on your site’s page load time. Quick performance wins can be celebrated today, but the health of your site will thrive with routine check-ins and …

Four short links: 11 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 11, 2014

China’s $122BB Boom in Shadow Banking is Happening on Phones (Quartz) — Tencent’s recently launched online money market fund (MMF), Licai Tong, drew in 10 billion yuan ($1.7 billion) in just six days in the last week of January. The …

Math Courses the O’Reilly School Way — Propelling Online Math Education

By Debra Woods
February 10, 2014

Introducing O’Reilly School of Technology’s new series of math courses delivered through Making Math. Our approach signals a groundbreaking contribution to the evolution of online math education. A wise math professor once said, “…the problem with introductory lectures is that they are full of words that have not yet taken on meaning and full of …

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More 1876 than 1995

By Glen Martin
February 10, 2014

Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition of 1876 was America’s first World’s Fair, and was ostensibly held to mark the nation’s 100th birthday. But it heralded the future as much as it celebrated the past, showcasing the country’s strongest suit: technology. The centerpiece …

Four short links: 10 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 10, 2014

Bruce Sterling at transmediale 2014 (YouTube) — “if it works, it’s already obsolete.” Sterling does a great job of capturing the current time: spies in your Internet, lost trust with the BigCos, the impermanence of status quo, the need to …

Big Data solutions through the combination of tools

By Ben Lorica
February 9, 2014

As a user who tends to mix-and-match many different tools, not having to deal with configuring and assembling a suite of tools is a big win. So I’m really liking the recent trend towards more integrated and packaged solutions. A …

Four short links: 7 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 8, 2014

12 Predictions About the Future of Programming (Infoworld) — not a bad set of predictions, except for the inane “squeezing” view of open source. Conceal (Github) — Facebook Android tool for apps to encrypt data and large files stored in …

Why Solid, why now

By Jim Stogdill
February 7, 2014

A few years ago at OSCON, one of the tutorials demonstrated how to click a virtual light switch in Second Life and have a real desk lamp light up in the room. Looking back, it was rather trivial, but it …

The art of commenting

By Brian MacDonald
February 7, 2014

Ask any developer what programming task they enjoy least, and odds are you’ll hear “documentation” as an answer. After all, you came here to write code, didn’t you? Who wants to write boring text about the code? In fact, documentation …

Building the Right Thing vs. Building the Thing Right

By Laura Klein
February 7, 2014

I love it when companies test prototypes. Love love love it. But it makes me incredibly sad when they use prototype testing for the wrong thing. First, let me give you my definition of “prototype testing” here. I often build …

Self-directed learning, and O’Reilly’s role in the ConnectED program

By Tim O'Reilly
February 6, 2014

I wanted to provide a bit of perspective on the donation, announced on Wednesday by the White House, of a Safari Books Online subscription providing access to O’Reilly Media books, videos, and other educational content to every high school in …

Go Node Without Code

By Simon St. Laurent
February 6, 2014

At Fluent 2013, O’Reilly’s Web Platform, JavaScript and HTML5 conference, Adobe Community Manager Brian Rinaldi showed off ways Node makes possible a new world of utilities, showing JavaScript developers a toolkit they will want to integrate into their workflows. In …

Academic biology and its discontents

By Mike Loukides
February 6, 2014

When we started BioCoder, we assumed that we were addressing the DIYbio community: interested amateur hobbyists and experimenters without much formal background in biology, who were learning and working in independent hackerspaces. A couple of conversations have made me question that …

Parsing HTML with Perl

By A. Sinan Unur
February 6, 2014

The need to extract interesting bits of an HTML document comes up often enough that by now we have all seen many ways of doing it wrong and some ways of doing it right for some values of “right”. One …

Four short links: 6 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 5, 2014

What Machines Can’t Do (NY Times) — In the 1950s, the bureaucracy was the computer. People were organized into technocratic systems in order to perform routinized information processing. But now the computer is the computer. The role of the human …

The Challenge of Health Data Security

By Julie Steele
February 5, 2014

Dr. Andrew Litt, Chief Medical Officer at Dell, made a thoughtful blog post last week about the trade-offs inherent in designing for both the security and accessibility of medical data, especially in an era of BYOD (bring your own device) …

Trope or fact? Technology creates more jobs than it destroys

By Jim Stogdill
February 5, 2014

Editor’s note: We’re trying something new here. I read this back-and-forth exchange and decided we should give it a try. Or, more accurately, since we’re already having plenty of back-and-forth email exchanges like that, we just need to start publishing …

What should programming look like?

By Simon St. Laurent
February 5, 2014

Even as we all scramble to use the programming tools we have today, developers look ahead hopefully, dreaming of better tools. What shape should those tools take? Who should they be for? A few months ago, I had the privilege …

Four short links: 5 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 5, 2014

sigma.js — Javascript graph-drawing library (node-edge graphs, not charts). DARPA Open Catalog — all the open source published by DARPA. Sweet! Quantified Vehicle Meetup — Boston meetup around intelligent automotive tech including on-board diagnostics, protocols, APIs, analytics, telematics, apps, software …

Health technology brings care plans alive

By Andy Oram
February 4, 2014

Challenges and hackathons are meant to surprise you. If the winner is a known leader in the field with lists of familiar credentials festooning the team’s resumes, there was no point to starting the challenge in the first place. Pharmaceutical …

Bluetooth Low Energy: what do we do with you?

By Mike Loukides
February 4, 2014

“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” as Jeff Hammerbacher said. And it’s not just data analysts: it’s creeping into every aspect of technology, including hardware. One of the more exciting developments …

Responsive Web Design Performance

By Lara Swanson
February 4, 2014

A recent study showed that mobile is the primary Internet access method for a vast number of global Internet users. Roughly 50% of Internet users in Africa and Asia are mobile-only, in contrast to 25% in the United States. This …

The Industrial Internet of Things

By Kipp Bradford
February 4, 2014

A few days ago, a company called Echelon caused a stir when it released a new product called IzoT. You may never have heard of Echelon; for most of us, they are merely a part of the invisible glue that …

Four short links: 4 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 4, 2014

UX Fundamentals, Crash Course — 31 posts introducing the fundamental practices and mindsets of UX. Why We Love Persona And You Should Too — Mozilla’s identity system is an interesting offering. Fancy that, you might have single-sign on without Single …

how might we ….

By O'Reilly Strata
February 3, 2014

By Bo Peng and Aaron Wolf of Datascope Analytics At Datascope Analytics, our ideation workshop combines elements from human-centered design principles to develop innovative and valuable ideas/solutions/strategies for our clients. From our workshop experience, we’ve developed a few key techniques that …

Upward Mobility: Your phone is your robot’s best friend

By James Turner
February 3, 2014

Recently, Glenn Martin wrote an article describing how robotics in moving out of the factory and into the house. And while Glenn restricted himself mainly to the type of robots that pop into your head when someone says the word …

Four short links: 3 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 3, 2014

How In-App Purchases Has Destroyed the Games Industry — fantastic before-and-after of a game, showing how it’s hollowed out for in-app-purchase upsell. the problem is that all the future generations of gamers are going to experience this as the default. …

How does the medical device tax affect innovation and the health/medical startup scene?

By Shahid Shah
February 1, 2014

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed on a party line vote several years ago, it included a somewhat controversial provision to tax, at 2.3% starting in 2013, the sale of any medical device classified by the IRS as …

Drone on

By Glen Martin
January 31, 2014

Jeff Bezos’ recent demonstration of a drone aircraft simulating delivery of an Amazon parcel was more stunt than technological breakthrough. We aren’t there yet. Yes, such things may well come to pass, but there are obstacles aplenty to overcome — not so …

Is watching network traffic obsolete?

By Rajat Bhargava
January 31, 2014

Being a part of the security industry for many years, we loved to watch all of the traffic coming and going from a network or even the servers. There was never enough data and as security folks we wanted to …

Puerto Rico Python User Group Celebrates First Anniversary

Puerto Rico Python User Group Celebrates First Anniversary
By Kevin Shockey
January 31, 2014

On February 20, 2014 prPIG will celebrate our first anniversary with an open format meeting with lightning talks from the community. The meeting will be held at 7:00pm in the Puerto Rico Science, Research, & Technology Trust. More details www.prpig.org.

9 branding trends for startups in 2014

By Amy Jollymore
January 31, 2014

Your code can be clean as a whistle and your software deployment on-time, but if you’re a startup, branding is as vital to your success as any non-crashing app. The following trends are discussed through a frame of Lean Startup …

Four short links: 31 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 31, 2014

Bolts — Facebook’s library of small, low-level utility classes in iOS and Android. Python Idioms (PDF) — useful cheatsheet. Michael Abrash’s Graphics Programming Black Book — Markdown source in github. Notable for elegance and instructive for those learning to optimise. …

10 Steps to Help Your Users Secure Their Online Presence

By George Reese
January 30, 2014

10 steps that help online systems architects build authentication systems that empower their users to protect themselves against the multi-site attack strategies behind a number of recent high-profile attacks.

Biological Games

By Keith Comito
January 30, 2014

If you have ever played fetch with a dog or hide-and-seek with a particularly crafty cat, then you have played a biological game. In fact, humanity has a long and morally complex history of games and rituals involving other organisms, …

Building Rich Web UIs with Knockout.js

By Peter Cooper
January 30, 2014

  At Fluent 2013, O’Reilly’s Web Platform, JavaScript and HTML5 conference, Microsoft’s Steve Sanderson gave a tight 20 minute introductory tour of Knockout.js, a popular JavaScript UI library built around declarative bindings and the Model-View ViewModel (MVVM) pattern. In his …

Transcending UIAlertView on iOS 7

By Matt Neuburg
January 30, 2014

Of all the new features and APIs that iOS 7 provides to developers, none, in my opinion, is as important from a user interface perspective as custom view controller transitions, the ability to insert your own animation when a view …

Four short links: 30 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 30, 2014

$200k of Spaceships Destroyed (The Verge) — More than 2,200 of the game’s players, members of EVE’s largest alliances, came together to shoot each other out of the sky. The resultant damage was valued at more than $200,000 of real-world …

Business analysts want access to advanced analytics

By Ben Lorica
January 29, 2014

I talk with many new companies who build tools for business analysts and other non-technical users. These new tools streamline and simplify important data tasks including interactive analysis (e.g., pivot tables and cohort analysis), interactive visual analysis (as popularized by …

Using Big Data and Game Play to Improve Mental Fitness

By Bonnie Feldman
January 29, 2014

This article was written together with Ellen M. Martin and Melinda Speckmann. Games have been part of human culture for millennia. It is no surprise that elements of play can be powerful digital tools to grab our attention and keep …

Health 3.0 is Holistic

By Julie Steele
January 29, 2014

First there was health, which basically consisted of not dying, and also of being able to work and live alone (if need be) and generally function productively. Then there was Health 2.0, in which we added all kinds of gadgets—wrist …

Cheese, art, and synthetic biology

By Mike Loukides
January 29, 2014

We’ve published the second issue of BioCoder! In this interview excerpt from the new edition, Christina Agapakis talks with Katherine Liu about the intersection of art and science, and the changes in how we think about biotechnology. It’s one of …


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