Author Archives: Gary Donovan

Machine Learning For Journalism at The New York Times

Machine Learning For Journalism at The New York Times

Daeil Kim is a Data Scientist at the New York Times, a role which has crystallised his research work into the niche between Machine Learning and Journalism. Kim spoke at the New York Data Science Meetup last week about how to make journalists work easier by using Machine Learning, a Bayesian perspective on big data and a discreet section on ...

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How Australian Software Developers Feed The Mind YOW!

Australien Landkarte mit Binärzahlen

No, this is not some warped reference to an antipodean marsupial of some sort being used by coders down under to get the cognitive juices flowing, or supercharging app building prowess by entering some kind of iron man contest before staying up all night.. Yow! is the Australian developer conference which has grown over recent years to become arguably the ...

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The Enigma Of The Socially Awkward Software Developer

Endless Thought

The playground of software developers, especially throughout education, can be a very insular yet reassuringly comfortable place to be, a private world of problem solving with all cognitive sense fastened to keyboard and monitor. Achievements can be private too, non celebratory, at least not to the outside world. Once software development is seared into the psyche, peddling code for cash ...

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What Happens When a Meetup Group Just Gets Too Big?

Enge

One of the Meetup groups I keep an eye on almost more than any other is the NY Tech Meetup, founded by the founder of Meetup himself Scott Heiferman. With enough members to fill a large sports stadium and their own website it is the largest Meetup group in the world and packs a heavyweight punch on Silicon Alley with ...

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5 Startups Worthy of Presenting at Key San Francisco Meetup

5 Startups Worthy of Presenting at San Francisco Meetup

San Francisco’s Startup Showcase is a beast of a group, which can attract nearly 1,000 presenters, technologists, investors and consumers. On such a big stage, at least by Meetup standards, you’d have to have a great idea, rolled it some way along the road of technical and product development and a solid pitch for the yes men to comfortably join ...

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Gulp.js, The Streaming Build System, Jack Franklin

Gulp.js, The Streaming Build System, Jack Franklin

Jack Franklin runs javascriptplayground.com which is a blog covering all things js, including testing, Backbone, Node, JQuery and so on along with cameo contributions from other developers. In this presentation at Future Of Web Apps in October he talks about Gulp.js and how it has become so popular as a build tool whilst also demonstrating an install and common tasks. With ...

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Insane HTML5 WebSocket Real-Time Web Demos, Peter Moskovits

HTML5 WebSocket For Real-Time Web, Peter Moskovits

I make no apologies for banging on about the Internet of Things.. again.. but in the context of HTML5 WebSocket this talk is awesome. Kaazing are based in San Francisco and use HTML5 WebSocket to provide instant two way communications over the web ‘at an enterprise level’. Peter Moskovits is the Head of Real-Time Solutions and in this presentation he gives ...

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What Happens To Ruby When Rails Dies? Ernie Miller – RubyConf 2014

What Happens To Ruby When Rails Dies – Ernie Miller

This is easy watching.. and hugely entertaining. What exactly happens to Ruby when Rails dies? Maybe not ‘exactly’ but Ernie Miller goes to great lengths to explain the events that led to him adoring Ruby on Rails and being part of a community that is like no other.. ..which is the basis of this talk. Miller reckons that the best ...

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You Really Should Know A Bit Of Clojure – Ben Orenstein

You Really Should Know A Bit Of Clojure – Ben Orenstein

Ben Orenstein has been knee deep in object oriented programming for years, dealing with it’s limitations, yet more recently has been enjoying the benefits of functional programming with Clojure. Here, he talks about why everyone should know a bit of Clojure and the benefits it brings to his Ruby code. Orenstein runs through immutable data structures (go to 3:55) and how ...

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Running JavaScript On Devices And Resin.io

Running JavaScript On Devices And Resin.io

Across browsers, JavaScript has sped up hugely in recent years and now, most new Github repositories are written in JavaScript as opposed to Ruby. Resin.io now aims to make it as easy to run devices that use JavaScript as running applications in the cloud by allowing you to deploy code to devices with a simple git push resin by using containers ...

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