Joshua K. McClain

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NASA's unsung heroes: The Apollo coders who put men on the moon

Learn how pioneering software engineers helped NASA launch astronauts into space, and bring them back again -- pushing the boundaries of technology …

NASA

12 Easy Things That Will Set You Apart in Business and in Life | The Art of Manliness

In the modern world, it often seems like it’s harder than ever to accomplish your goals.<p>It seems like everyone has already done the thing you want to …

How to Tell Someone’s Age When All You Know Is Her Name

Picture Mildred, Agnes, Ethel and Blanche. Perhaps you imagine the Golden Girls or your grandmother’s poker game. These are names for women of age, …

Social Security

3 Productivity Hacks For Developers At Work

TechRepublic defines the area as encompassing “the already popular programming concepts of agile development, continuous integration, and continuous …

Programming

Mapping Ecosystems of Software Development

On the data team here at Stack Overflow, we spend a lot of time and energy thinking about tech ecosystems and how technologies are related to each …

Programming
Fitness

8 Moves to Whip Your Body into Boot Camp Shape

Kagen McLeod<p>When you think of "military" workouts, what comes to mind? Demi Moore as GI Jane cranking out endless pushups? Recruits crawling through …

Boot Camp

When an Algorithm Helps Send You to Prison

In 2013, police officers in Wisconsin arrested a man driving a car that had been used in a recent shooting. The man, Eric Loomis, pleaded guilty to attempting to flee an officer, and no contest to operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Neither of his crimes mandates prison time.<p>At Mr. …

Risk Assessment

5 Traits That Make Developers Better Leaders

TechRepublic defines the area as encompassing “the already popular programming concepts of agile development, continuous integration, and continuous …

Programming

Windows 10 security: Here's how to shield your files from ransomware, says Microsoft

Microsoft explains how its next-gen security can protect files from being encrypted by ransomware extortionists.<p>The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update …

Microsoft

12 everyday stretches that will help you stay flexible and fit at any age

When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.<p>But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?<p>We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York …

Yoga

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 list

Bolstered by the wave of positivity unleashed by its energetic new leader Justin Trudeau, and with dynamic cities that dominate global livability indices and a reputation for inclusiveness and impeccable politeness, the world’s second-largest country will usher in its sesquicentennial in 2017 in …

List-Worthy

When Did Charts Become Popular?

There were no charts in the newspaper 100 years ago. Today, data visualization in the media is ubiquitous. What took so long?

Data Visualization

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>Since the dawn of …

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

5 Ways to Improve Your Programming Skills No Matter How Talented You Already Are

While you can still, of course, use Objective-C for iOS programming, it’s generally accepted that Swift is much easier to learn and use, especially …

Programming

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 …

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

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 …

Baseball Is Overrun By Adam Dunns

When Adam Dunn came to the plate, he would pretty much always do one of three things: He would strike out; he would walk; or he would hit a baseball …

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 …

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

Why the Great Migration Needs to Top Your Bucket List, in 15 Photos

Wildebeests on the Move<p>Blue wildebeests, also known as white-bearded wildebeests, make up the bulk of the great migration that covers 1,200 miles of …

Excel errors: How Microsoft's spreadsheet may be hazardous to your health

Millions of Excel spreadsheets are used in medicine, science, economics, and finance. Yet up to 90 percent have serious -- even life threatening -- …

Microsoft Excel

Computer printers have been quietly embedding tracking codes in documents for decades

In 2004, when color printers were still somewhat novel, PCWorld magazine published an article headlined: “Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents.”<p>It was one of the first news reports on a quiet practice that had been going on for 20 years. It revealed that color printers …

Eight Tips to Become the Scrum Master Your Team Needs

As a Scrum Master, do you ever feel like you’re not doing all you can for your team? Are you doing the basics of the job, yet feel you could do …

Project Management

Top 10 Simple Weight Loss Hacks You Can Implement Right Now

Weight Loss

The Best Books About Science of 2016

Take a journey to the edge of human knowledge and beyond with one of these mind-boggling page-turners<p><i>The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake</i> …

Books

Year in review 2016: The 50 most important stories about birds and birders

Year in review 2016: Tricolored Heron at Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach Florida, July 16, 2015, by Marilynne Strazzeri. View photo.hat a year …

Birds

Famous last words of 19 famous people

Dave Lutz, the head of exchange-traded funds at JonesTrading, recently released his annual "Spring Break reading" list.<p>Over 600 Wall Streeters around the world contributed to this list of great books for outdoor reading.<p>From science-fiction thrillers to business profiles, the full list is stellar, …

Books