Joshua K. McClain

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Tech rundown

I’ve been asked about the technical setup I’ve just recently put together to be able to do remote sessions, podcasts, videocasts and similar. Now, …

Music Production

Agile software development still more a feel-good term than reality

'It breaks my heart to see the ideas we wrote about in the Agile Manifesto used to make developers' lives worse, instead of better,' a co-author of …

Project Management

Presenting the 2017 Merit Badge Rankings: Which were the most and least popular?

First Aid? First place.Exactly 69,563 Scouts earned the Eagle-required <b>First Aid</b> merit badge in 2017. That’s good enough for a gold medal, and it …

Extreme Sports

The Problem With Believing Coding Is No Longer Important

Artificial intelligence is topping headlines. Whether it’s self-driving cars or Alexa storing your grocery preferences, it seems that AI is finding its way in to just about everything these days, and the implications for daily life and work over the next decade are likely to be significant.<p>Many …

JavaScript and Excel | BlackRock Engineering

There is no getting away from the fact that Excel is ubiquitous in finance. As much as some people might think of models and applications built with …

Quick Tips For Debugging Large Stored Procedures

Hell Here! Get Your Fresh Hell, Here!Let’s face it — as far as developer tools go, SSMS is pretty bad.Intellisense? The jokes write themselves.Don’t …

Op-Ed: Whose Scouts Are They?

On May 2—two days after I got to tell the story of the Girl Rangers, the first all-female Boy Scout troop from the 1970s—the Boy Scouts of America announced that it will drop the male modifier from its name next year and become, simply, Scouts BSA. Quite predictably, this re-ignited the same …

An interview with Brent Ozar

I was talking about interviews (although not the job kind) with a friend and it reminded me of the time I did an email interview with Thomas LaRock …

Real-time Kanban board with Vue.js and Hamoni Sync

A kanban board is a workflow visualization tool that enables you to optimize the flow of your work. In this post, I'll show you how to build a …

Solid Rocket City: The Utah Space Center Fighting for Its Life

A historic rocket factory in Utah battles for its share of the rising space economy.<p>This land northwest of Salt Lake City oscillates between steep-sloped mountains and long stretches of flatland. The terrain echoes the cycles of its history. Railroads, cattle, and Cold War weapons projects have all …

Space Exploration

Palantir Knows Everything About You

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30 Funny Baseball Jokes and Comics

You’ll hit a humor home run with these funny baseball jokes sent in by <i>Boys’ Life</i> readers. Do you know a funny baseball joke? Click here to send it to …

For Kids

6 Ways to Lose Weight Without Starving

Here's how you can amp up your "energy flux" and kick your weight loss into high gear.<p><b>A FRESH WAY TO LOSE</b><p>What's a runner who wants to slim down to do? More and more studies, including a large review published in 2013 in <i>US Endocrinology</i>, show that the key to losing weight is keeping your calorie …

Nutrition

Exactly How I Went From Running a 12-Minute Mile to a 7-Minute Mile

It's confession time. I've always been afraid of running. I absolutely dreaded it in high school and whenever it was mile day, I found a way to get "sick" so I could skip PE class. If I tried a little in my mile times, I could finish it in 10 to 11 minutes, but most of the time, I was averaging 12 …

Fitness

Agile’s dark secret? IT has little need for the usual methodologies

Agile is supposed to be yesterday’s news. Advanced companies? They’ve jumped to DevOps. Except, a lot of application teams not only haven’t adopted …

Top 10 Reasons Why Access Still Doesn’t Rock

Database Journal published an article yesterday about the Top 10 Reasons Why Access Still Rocks for Developers. After I wiped the coffee off my …

How to Make Meatballs | The Art of Manliness

<i>“Utah! Get me TWO!”</i><p>That iconic quote from the cult classic film <i>Point Break</i> reiterates the fact that you can never stop with just one meatball. …

I've Just Launched "Pwned Passwords" V2 With Half a Billion Passwords for Download

<b>Presently sponsored by:</b> Raygun APM is here! Now you can monitor every part of your application, together, in one place.Last August, I launched a …

Beautiful Small Towns in Europe More Americans Should Visit

So you’ve gone and booked a big ol’ flight across the pond. The siren call of wildly cheap airfares to Europe proved too strong to resist -- you may …

If You Suffer From Tight Hips, Find a Wall ASAP, and Do This Amazing Stretch

Tight hips are a common affliction among us desk dwellers. They can lead to lower back pain and tightness in our legs and just make us feel all around uncomfortable. Free your tight hips by finding a wall and doing this life-changing stretch (no really, it's <i>that</i> good!).<p>Known as figure four, you can …

What’s the difference between ‘two-deep leadership’ and ‘no one-on-one contact’?

While no Scouter questions the value of Youth Protection training and policies — we all agree on the need to keep young people safe — some Scouters …

[Video] The Junior DBA Workout Plan

Squat, deadlift, overhead press, and bench press. In the gym, it’s easy to figure out what you need to be doing to get stronger. When you show up to …

Physics has a dizzying array of subdisciplines. This short video breaks it down.

An 8-minute history of the giant field of physics.<p>Physics can be defined simply as the study of matter and energy. But that simple definition covers an enormous range of topics.<p>There’s the classical physics you learned about in high school: It can explain how much force it takes to slide a box …

Physics

Fixing Data Breaches Part 1: Education

<b>Presently sponsored by:</b> LastPass: Effortless password security for your business. With 81% of breaches caused by passwords, failing to protect them …

Who has to add the right indexes to an SQL database?

The first chapter is the only one that doesn't cover SQL specifically; it is about the fundamental structure of an index. An understanding of the …

Why SQL is beating NoSQL, and what this means for the future of data

<i>After years of being left for dead, SQL today is making a comeback. How come? And what effect will this have on the data community?</i><p><i>(Update: #1 on</i> …

Databases

How to Become a Data Scientist Without a Degree

This article will explore what it’s like to be a Data Scientist, the skillset required, and how to acquire these skills using mostly free or cheap …

Snowden's New App Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System

Your digital security, any sufficiently paranoid person will remind you, is only as good as your physical security. The world's most sensitive users …

Kali Linux 2017.3 hands-on: The best alternative to Raspbian for your Raspberry Pi

The latest release of this excellent security, forensic, and penetration testing Linux distribution is everything I have come to expect from the …