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Is “data scientist” the new “programmer”?

  • Back in the 1970s, being a “programmer” meant writing one or files of code that input data, processed it in some way, and then output a result.
  • A program that occupied more than 256 KB of memory, even on a mainframe, would have been considered bloated (and wouldn’t have run at all on a “minicomputer,” at least not without a painful process of overlaying).
  • Thus, there tended to be a lot of interesting stuff going on within every few lines of code and certainly an entire file of code might contain nearly everything interesting about an application.
  • Is it more interesting to work in “data science” than “software engineering” or “programming”?
  • Older readers: Is today’s “data science” more like a programming job from the 1970s “scarce memory” days?
  • If their code is under version control and covered by automated tests then yes they are the new programmers.

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Software People — How Do You Deal With Stress/Bullies/Frustration?

  • As a full-time open source software developer/advocate — who's been working remotely for the last five years — I have had my fair share of problems with Stress/Bullies/Frustration and all sorts of such stuff.
  • How do you deal with Stress as a software person?!
  • As someone who has been in and out of therapy for almost 30 years now, I can tell you what you deal with has much more to do with being a human than it does with being a software developer.
  • Therapy is a good thing, and I recommend finding one that you are comfortable getting emotionally naked with.
  • What I meant was therapy or advice from someone who's been in such conditions and have had a career in software.
  • One of the things that makes me feel better is the "jerk tax".

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Amazon is letting developers make their own Alexa Gadgets

  • Amazon first introduced its line of “Alexa Gadgets” — devices that are meant to enhance Echo devices in “fun and playful” ways — with the $20 Echo Button last year, but since then, there hasn’t been much movement on other Alexa Gadgets.
  • Amazon has a variety of examples of the sort of gadgets that developers can create, to get an idea of what’s possible: things like a outdoor gong that chimes when a backyard playtime timer has concluded, a flag that pops up when your Echo gets a notification, a cuckoo clock that pops its head out whenever you say “Alexa,” or a singing fish that can dance along with a song from Amazon Music.
  • According to the company, the first products that use the Alexa Gadgets Toolkit will be out later this year, starting with dancing plush dolls and (of course) an updated Big Mouth Billy Bass singing fish.

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Amplify Partners locks in $200 million to transform technical founders into people who can actually lead a startup

  • In addition to Dhaliwal’s personal track record, which includes leading deals at Battery like Netezza, acquired by IBM, and CipherTrust, acquired by Secure Computing,  Amplify has already seen four of its portfolio companies get acquired, including: the breach-detection software company LightCyber, which sold last year to Palo Alto Networks for $105 million; the sale of Conjur, which made DevOps security software, to publicly traded CyberArk Software last year for $42 million in cash;  the sale of the app development service Buddybuild to Apple (for undisclosed terms); and the sale of AppNeta, an end-user experience performance monitoring startup, to the private equity firm Rubicon Technology Partners.
  • In addition to David Beyer, a cofounder of Chartio who joined as a principal early on and is today a partner with Amplify, the firm features general partner Mike Dauber, who, like Dhaliwal, previously worked at Battery; partner Lenny Pruss, who was previously principal with Redpoint Ventures; principals Lisha Li and Sarah Catanzano.

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Video: Fractured Lands shakes up battle royale with post-apocalyptic combat

  • In July, Unbroken Studios released an early but playable version of Fractured Lands (on PC via Steam Early Access), a last-man-standing multiplayer shooter set in a post-apocalyptic civilization.
  • Fractured Lands takes its Mad Max influence a step further by making sure everyone has a car at the beginning of a match.
  • Unbroken hopes that the car combat — and the ability to customize both your vehicle and your character — will provide a fresh new take on the battle royale genre.
  • Check out our video below to see what it’s like to work at Unbroken’s Los Angeles office, and to find out more about why it chose to use Early Access for Fractured Lands.
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Amazon's new toolkit helps developers build Echo-connected accessories

  • The company today is launching the Alexa Gadgets Toolkit into beta, allowing developers to build accessories that pair with Echo over Bluetooth.
  • The Alexa Gadgets Toolkit offers self-service APIs, including Gadget Interfaces that expose metadata of Alexa’s capabilities on compatible Echo devices, as well as technical documentation, sample code and more.
  • Already, a number of companies are building Alexa Gadgets, including Hasbro, WowWee Group Limited, Gemmy Industries, Baby Plus, TOMY International, Novalia, and eKids (an affiliate of iHome).
  • Toy maker Hasbro is working on immersive play experiences; TOMY will bring hands-free assistance to parents using its products; WowWee is creating Alexa-connected smart toothbrushes; BabyPlus is offering a connected rubber duckie that controls smart home devices and streams music; and Novalia is developing a touch-sensitive mat for kids’ immersive play.

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ACLU says Facebook allowed discriminatory job ads that didn’t appear to women

  • The American Civil Liberties Union is filing charges against Facebook for allegedly running discriminatory job ads that appeared only to men, something that is illegal under the Civil Rights Act. The ACLU says that Facebook’s platform allowed 10 employers, including a software developer and a police department, to run ads that excluded women and non-binary users, and it says the social network should be held liable for creating the tools to offer these allegedly discriminatory ads.
  • It later removed 5,000 categories that allowed advertisers to exclude religious and ethnic minority groups after the Department of Housing and Urban Development filed a complaint.
  • But the group argues that Facebook should be held accountable in this case because it created and ran the ad-targeting system and then delivered the ads based on categories with the potential for discrimination.

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Twitter will let you see your tweets in chronological order again

  • Twitter has announced that it will once again give users the option to view their timelines in reverse chronological order, allowing them to opt out of its "Show the best Tweets first" format.
  • Originally Twitter was structured in reverse chronological order, but the company switched to a default algorithmic timeline in 2016, which upped popular tweets and tweets from accounters users regularly interact with.
  • It said that it is working on creating an easily accessible switch that would allow people to instantly switch between an algorithmic or chronological timeline, but that in the meantime users can deselect the "Show the best Tweets first" setting to achieve this effect.
  • She said people could use "muted words" as a backdoor to structure their timelines chronologically.
  • Business Insider has contacted Twitter to ask whether Kinema's tweet had any bearing on the timing of Twitter's announcement.

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Twitter will let you see your tweets in chronological order again

  • Twitter has announced that it will once again give users the option to view their timelines in reverse chronological order, allowing them to opt out of its "Show the best Tweets first" format.
  • Originally Twitter was structured in reverse chronological order, but the company switched to a default algorithmic timeline in 2016, which upped popular tweets and tweets from accounters users regularly interact with.
  • It said that it is working on creating an easily accessible switch that would allow people to instantly switch between an algorithmic or chronological timeline, but that in the meantime users can deselect the "Show the best Tweets first" setting to achieve this effect.
  • She said people could use "muted words" as a backdoor to structure their timelines chronologically.
  • Business Insider has contacted Twitter to ask whether Kinema's tweet had any bearing on the timing of Twitter's announcement.

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Coding Concepts! Cyclomatic Complexity

  • Cyclomatic complexity ultimately effects the amount of different unit tests you will need to write for a given piece of code.
  • When you take this all into consideration, the cyclomatic complexity of your code ultimately determines its effectiveness, simplicity, maintainability and general practicality.
  • These different levels help us better understand the code we are writing and the implication this will have on any testing resource we may need.
  • The table above shows the different levels of complexity and when you should start looking at refactoring your code.
  • In addition, we have improved the complexity from the original 3 in the case statement to 1 in the Strategy pattern.
  • A good programmer should fix any issues they find whilst working on a story or feature, but not changing code that will require additional testing that doesn't directly affect what they are currently doing.

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