Joshua K. McClain

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How to Become a Data Scientist Without a Degree

<i>Interest for the search term ‘data science,’ as measured by Google, over the last five years. Source:</i> …

Data Science

Front-End Tools: My Favorite Finds of 2017 | CSS-Tricks

By Louis Lazaris On December 28, 2017<p>Another twelve months have passed and I'm sure all of you have come across some interesting new coding …

Web Development

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 …

Edward Snowden

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 …

Linux

Only 3% of Companies’ Data Meets Basic Quality Standards

Most managers know, anecdotally at least, that poor quality data is troublesome. Bad data wastes time, increases costs, weakens decision making, angers customers, and makes it more difficult to execute any sort of data strategy. Indeed, data has a credibility problem.<p>Still, few managers have hard …

The Incredible Growth of Python

We recently explored how wealthy countries (those defined as high-income by the World Bank) tend to visit a different set of technologies than the …

Programming

How Important Are Qualifications to Modern Technology Jobs?

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Careers

An Introduction to Scrollama.js

<b>What</b><p>Scrollama is a modern and lightweight JavaScript library for scrollytelling using IntersectionObserver in favor of scroll events. Using …

Web Development

The psychology of Web design: How colors, typefaces and spacing affect your mood

For websites, content drives the design you see on screen. Visitors come to a website to access information they need. Web design helps them find the information they need quickly and with ease.<p>In the early days of the Web, it was common to see pages and pages slammed with content, often pages with …

Web Design

How to Make Beef Jerky | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Tim Ferriss‘ new book,</i> The Four Hour Chef<i>.</i><p><b>An Introduction to Dehydrating Food</b><p>Dehydration is all about removing …

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BBQ

10 Knife-Buying Tips

No tools define a cook more than his or her knives. Why do you think we carry them around in rolls instead of hauling backpacks full of pots and …

Alton Brown

Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs

Ubiquitous spreadsheet software that revolutionized accounting hasn’t kept up, CFOs say<p>By<p>Tatyana Shumsky<p>Tatyana Shumsky<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@MissShumsky<p>Tatyana.Shumsky@wsj.com<p>Adobe Inc.’s finance chief Mark Garrett says his team struggles keeping track of which jobs have been filled at …

SAP SE

JavaScript Frameworks by the Numbers — Fall 2017

It’s fascinating to consider what makes one framework or library more popular than another. While I don’t have a definitive answer to that question, …

Why My Latest Project Uses NoSQL

I really like building free stuff to make Microsoft SQL Server data professionals’ jobs easier and more enjoyable, and I’ve been picking up …

Databases

No, the DBA role still isn’t going away.

Paging all dinosaurs to the retraining campLast week at SQLRally, I heard yet another session with the line, “DBAs are <i>dinosaurs</i>.”And: “DBAs must …

Databases

Should You Be a Generalist or a Specialist?

James Rowland-Jones doing the SQLSaturday Vienna keynoteAt SQLSaturday Vienna last month, James Rowland-Jones (SQLbits organizer, former MVP, …

Microsoft SQL Server

What Specialists and Generalists Get Paid For

<b>Generalists say things like,</b> “Yeah, I’ve done something kinda like that before, and I’m sure I can figure it out again.”<p>Generalists get paid to learn …

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

Thoughts on Building Community Tools

The nice folks over at the SQL Data Partners Podcast, Carlos & Steve, talked to me and Chrissy LeMaire (of DBAtools.io fame) recently about what it’s …

Software Development

Comment on My condolences, you’re now the maintainer of a popular open source project by Recap of Wordcamp Europe 2016 - Crowd Favorite

[…] Related to this subject was a talk by Daniel Bachhuber about managing open-source projects. “My condolences, you’re now the maintainer of a …

Emotions

The 10 most useful things you can do in Excel

Every Excel user has their own favorite tip. So we decided to bring some method, data, and science to bear in this hotly debated topic.<p>We consulted the research of 30 of the world’s leading Excel experts, our own internal Excel experts, grouped up and consolidated the emerging features, and applied …

11 basic Excel tricks that will change your life

Microsoft Excel is an amazing piece of software, and even regular users might not be getting as much out of it as they can. Improve your Excel efficiency and proficiency with these basic shortcuts and functions that absolutely everyone needs to know.<p><b>1. Jump from worksheet to worksheet with Ctrl +</b> …

Getting Help With A Slow Query

StackOverflow users often ask, “I’ve got this query that runs slow – can you help?” Here’s a few tips to get better, faster answers.<p>Get the query …

Stop SQL Server from ordering results?

This question already has an answer here:<p>SQL Server: Order of Rows 2 answers<p>I'm teaching a class in which I want to demonstrate to my students that …

Databases

How to Make Everything You Love on The Chipotle Menu

From the glorious guac to those crazy-addictive carnitas — we've got it all.<p>• They are not, I repeat, NOT certified Chipotle recipes. These recipes are <b>very, very close approximations</b>, <i>inspired</i> by Chipotle.<p>• How close? In the name of research, I forced Chipotle-loving co-workers, friends, and family …

Bourbon Street Mahi Mahi recipe - from the A Little Bit of Home Family Cookbook

In a large, heavy saucepan, melt the butter with the oil. Saute the onions until tender. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes longer.<p>Cajun spice mix for …

Blog - Doug Lane

Jesse Seymour recently asked this question on Twitter:<p>Hey #sqlfamily, need some research help 🙂 Your opinion, top ten skills to master for entry …

The Impressive Growth of R

We found in a previous post that Python has a solid claim to being the fastest-growing programming language in terms of Stack Overflow visits.The …

Data Science

What are the Most Disliked Programming Languages?

On Stack Overflow Jobs, you can create your own Developer Story to showcase your achievements and advance your career. One option you have when …

Atheism