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Simplifying Django

By Meghan Blanchette
April 12, 2014

The following comes to you from Julia Elman and Mark Lavin. Julia is a a hybrid designer/developer who has been working her brand of web skills since 2002; and Mark is the Development Director at Caktus Consulting Group in Carrboro, …

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon in six languages

By Patrick Reynolds
March 25, 2014

The Oracle at Delphi spoke just one language, a cryptic one that priests “compiled” into ancient Greek. The Oracle of Bacon—the website that plays the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game for you—has, in its 20-year existence, been written in …

Four short links: 13 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 12, 2013

ISS Enjoys Malware — Kaspersky reveals ISS had XP malware infestation before they shifted to Linux. The Gravity movie would have had more registry editing sessions if the producers had cared about FACTUAL ACCURACY. Big Data Approach to Computational Creativity …

Django Is Python’s Most Mature Web Framework

By Rachel Roumeliotis
September 26, 2013

Nathan Yergler (@nyergler), Principal Engineer at Eventbrite, and I had a chance to talk Django at OSCON 2013. We talk about why Django is the go-to choice for Pythonistas and about the growing technical debt that each programmer has to …

Four short links: 10 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 8, 2013

Sparkey — Spotify’s open-sourced simple constant key/value storage library, for read-heavy systems with infrequent large bulk inserts. The Truth of Fact, The Truth of Feeling (Ted Chiang) — story about what happens when lifelogs become searchable. Now with Remem, finding …

Four short links: 1 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 1, 2013

Tindie Launches Open Designs and Kickbacks (Tindie) — businesses can manufacture the open design as is, or create products derived from it. Those sellers can then kickback a portion of their sales back to the designer. Tindie will handle the …

Machine Learning for Human Rights

By O'Reilly Strata
July 30, 2013

By Rob Mitchum “2-car acc @ State & Lake, both drivers injred” That short, hastily typed text message or tweet contains a lot of information that police, emergency responders, news organizations and drivers could use. A human observer could quickly …

Go Programming Language for System Administration

By Gustavo Franco
July 24, 2013

Go is the first major systems language to emerge in over a decade, even though computing continues to change at a rapid pace—computers are smaller, faster and can execute operations in parallel via multi core processors. Even languages like Python …

Training Aspiring Data Scientists in Problem Solving

By O'Reilly Strata
July 9, 2013

By Juan-Pablo Velez Data science isn’t just about creating algorithms, writing code, or visualizing data. The first step is finding the right problem to solve. Many of the governments and nonprofit organizations we’ve talked to while developing the Data Science …

Data Science for Social Good: A Fellowship

By O'Reilly Strata
June 29, 2013

By Juan-Pablo Velez The Fellowship As technology penetrates further into everyday life, we’re creating lots of data. Businesses are scrambling to find data scientists to make sense of all this data and turn it into better decisions. Businesses aren’t alone. …

The City of Chicago wants you to fork its data on GitHub

By Alex Howard
March 19, 2013

GitHub has been gaining new prominence as the use of open source software in government grows. Earlier this month, I included a few thoughts from Chicago’s chief information officer, Brett Goldstein, about the city’s use of GitHub, in a piece …

Four short links: 11 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 11, 2012

ABalytics — dead simple A/B testing with Google Analytics. (via Dan Mazzini) Fastest Rubik Cube Solver is Made of Lego — it takes less than six seconds to solve the cube. Watch the video, it’s … wow. Also cool is …

Why we need Go

By Rachel Roumeliotis
September 13, 2012

The Go programming language was created by Rob Pike, Ken Thompson, and Robert Griesemer. Pike (@rob_pike) recently told me that Go was born while they were waiting a long while for some code to compile — too long. C++ and …

Four short links: 3 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 3, 2012

Urban Camouflage Workshop — Most of the day was spent crafting urban camouflage intended to hide the wearer from the Kinect computer vision system. By the end of the workshop we understood how to dress to avoid detection for the …

Four short links: 5 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 5, 2012

Neocover -- very clever idea: magnetic light-switch frames, from which you can suspend keys and other very-losable pocket-fillers. Design of Checkout Forms (Luke Wroblewski) -- extremely detailed, data-filled, useful guide to state of the art (and effect of) e-commerce checkout forms. In tests comparing forms with real-time feedback to those without, usability testing firm, Etre and I measured a:...

Four short links: 4 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 4, 2012

Common Statistical Fallacies (Flowing Data) -- once you know to look for them, you see them everywhere. Or is that confirmation bias? Project Hijack -- Hijacking power and bandwidth from the mobile phone's audio interface. Creating a cubic-inch peripheral sensor ecosystem for the mobile phone. Peak Plastic -- Deb Chachra points out that if we’re running out of oil,...

Developer Week in Review: The mysterious Google I/O machine

Developer Week in Review: The mysterious Google I/O machine
By James Turner
March 22, 2012

While we wait to sign up for two of the major conferences of the year, Google has released a brainteaser, Java suffers another security breach, and a new language prepares for takeoff.

Developer Year in Review: 2011 Edition

By James Turner
December 22, 2011

It's time for our annual look back at the year that was, when mobile ruled the world, HTML5 PWNED Flash, Drupal and Hadoop were the hot buzzwords for your resume, and a new batch of languages tried to become stars.

Strata Week: Cloudera founder has a new data product

Strata Week: Cloudera founder has a new data product
By Audrey Watters
November 3, 2011

Cloudera's founder launches Odiago, a new data startup. Elsewhere, Hortonworks reveals its suite of Hadoop products and services, and Knewton and Pearson bring big data to education content.

Strata Week: Cloudera founder has a new data product

By Audrey Watters
November 3, 2011

Cloudera's founder launches Odiago, a new data startup. Elsewhere, Hortonworks reveals its suite of Hadoop products and services, and Knewton and Pearson bring big data to education content.

Top Stories: August 15-19, 2011

Top Stories: August 15-19, 2011
By Mac Slocum
August 19, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: We learned how smart companies apply the "meat-to-math ratio," Chicago's commitment to open data and open government was explored, and we looked at how data science is shaping social science.

Opening government, the Chicago way

Opening government, the Chicago way
By Alex Howard
August 17, 2011

Sustainability and analytics are guiding Chicago's open data and app contest efforts. The city's approach offers important insights to governments at all levels.

Opening government, the Chicago way

By Alex Howard
August 17, 2011

Sustainability and analytics are guiding Chicago's open data and app contest efforts. The city's approach offers important insights to governments at all levels.

Less Code Is Better

By Paul Barry
May 10, 2011

I'm a big fan of the "less code is better" principle, in that I firmly believe the number of bugs in my code is directly related to the number of lines of code I write.

Vale Java? Scala Vala palava - and Go too

By Rick Jelliffe
August 28, 2010

Dave Megginson (who drove the development of the SAX API that will be familiar to many XML developers who use Java) recently wrote Java is dead. Java stood out as a programming language (though not as a platform) in that...

App Inventor and the culture wars

By Mike Loukides
July 15, 2010

Google's new App Inventor gets to the heart of the cultural difference between Apple and Google. If you haven't seen it yet, App Inventor is an experimental new SDK for the Android platform. What's different about App Inventor is that there's practically no coding per se; it's an entirely visual language. Its heritage goes back to Logo, but more directly,...

Four short links: 5 March 2010

By Nat Torkington
March 5, 2010

Rapportive -- a simple social CRM built into Gmail. They replace the ads in Gmail with photos, bio, and info from social media sites. (via ReadWrite Web) Best Practices in Web Development with Django and Python -- great set of recommendations. (via Jon Udell's article on checklists) Think Like a Statistician Without The Math (Flowing Data) -- Finally, and...

Four short links: 19 February 2010

By Nat Torkington
February 19, 2010

How to Seasonally Adjust Data -- Most statisticians, economists and government agencies that report data use a method called the X12 procedure to adjust data for seasonal patterns. The X12 procedure and its predecessor X11, which is still widely used, were developed by the U.S. Census Bureau. When applied to a data series, the X12 process first estimates effects...

Review of Guobin Yang's "Power of the Internet in China"

By Andy Oram
September 30, 2009

My review of The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online, a combination of research and sociological analysis,

Four short links: 8 July 2009

By Nat Torkington
July 8, 2009

Stop Whining About Facebook's Redesign (Slate) -- How can I be so sure that you'll learn to like the redesign? Because you did the last two times Facebook did it. The conclusion is that sites don't say why they're redesigning, and that causes the resistance. C# and CLI under the Community Promise (Miguel de Icaza) -- Microsoft have announced...

Four short links: 24 June 2009

By Nat Torkington
June 24, 2009

The Digital Open -- The Digital Open is an online technology community and competition for youth around the world, age 17 and under. Building a community of young open source hackers. Four Crowdsoucing Lessons from the Guardian's Spectacular Expenses Scandal Experiment -- Your workers are unpaid, so make it fun. How to lure them? By making it feel like...

Four short links: 20 May 2009

By Nat Torkington
May 20, 2009

Distributed Proofreaders Celebrates 15000th Title Posted To Project Gutenberg -- a great use of our collective intelligence and cognitive surplus. If I say one more Clay Shirkyism, someone's gonna call BINGO. (via timoreilly on Twitter) Datacenter is the New Mainframe (Greg Linden) -- wrapup of a Google paper that looks at datacenters in the terms of mainframes: time-sharing, scheduling,...

Four short links: 22 Apr 2009

By Nat Torkington
April 21, 2009

Government, Bayes, SMS, and distributed keystores: Government Projects the Agile Way -- Can It Be Done? (NZ Government) -- notes and audio from a workshop at the New Zealand State Services Commission looking to merge agile and government. The pullquotes are mostly generic about agile, but the important thing is that there are agile projects within government and their numbers...

Bookworm and O'Reilly Labs

By Liza Daly
February 10, 2009

I'm extremely pleased to announce that the Bookworm project is now part of O'Reilly Labs.

Learn How to Obtain iPhone Forensic Data: Chicago, May 26 & 27

By O'Reilly Media
February 3, 2009

The need for knowledge about the enormous amount of user data on iPhones is a rapidly emerging area of forensic study. O'Reilly's iPhone Forensics Developer Workshop will supply you with this sought-after and valuable information. Join Jonathan Zdziarski, the original iPhone hacker, for a two day workshop in Chicago, May 26 and 27.

Four short links: 10 Jan 2009

By Nat Torkington
January 9, 2009

Here are four fun links to set the tone for your weekend: high risk money, productive failure, consumer-grade BitTorrent, and architecture criticism for the rest of us. How Porsche hacked the financial system and made a killing -- perhaps "hack" is a little excessive, but it's a readable short account of how Porsche made a lot of money playing "millionaire's...

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