Jim Coombes

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Should You Become a Full Stack Developer?

You often hear the term “full stack developer” thrown around, but what exactly is it, and should you think about becoming one? Let’s take a closer …

JavaScript — Make your Code Cleaner with Decorators

When working with JavaScript, you sometimes need to use the setTimeout function to force some piece of code to run at the next <b>tick</b>.<p>The setTimeout …

An introduction to Python on Android

There are many reasons that you might want to start Android development. Building an app that will make you rich and change the world is only one motivation; others include learning to code, building tools that you can use yourself or even just having fun and impressing others. Programming is a …

Yes, Python is Slow, and I Don’t Care

A rant on sacrificing performance for productivity.<p>I’m taking a break from my discussion on asyncio in Python to talk about something that has been …

How I Taught Myself To Code In Eight Weeks

Image: iStock<p>To a lot of non-developers, learning to code seems like an impossibly daunting task. However, thanks to a number of great resources that …

Programming

Hexing the technical interview

<i>Previously: Reversing the technical interview.</i>Long ago, on Svalbard, when you were a young witch of forty-three, your mother took your unscarred …

Python vs. R: The battle for data scientist mind share

The boss’s boss looks out across the server farm and sees data—petabytes and petabytes of data. That leads to one conclusion: There must be a signal …

Top 10 Python IDE for Developers

Python is an easy to learn, powerful programming language. It has efficient high-level data structures and a simple but effective approach to …

Machine Learning Is Not Magic: It’s All About Math, Stats, Data, and Programming

<i>This piece is the first in a series, called “Machine Learning Is Not Magic,” covering how to get started in machine learning, using familiar tools</i> …

Machine Learning

The 12 Most Controversial Facts In Mathematics

The following 12 simple math problems prove outstandingly controversial among students of math, but are nonetheless facts.<p>They're paradoxes and idiosyncrasies of probability. And they're guaranteed to start an argument or two.<p>If you're looking for a mathematical way to impress your friends and …

58 Books That Will Make You Better, No Matter Who You Are | Inc.com

<i>What books do you recommend that college students read? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Ryan Holiday, best-selling author of Ego Is the Enemy, on Quora:</b><p>I'm going to go crazy on this one. I …

Shocking Government Report Finds $6.5 Trillion In Taxpayer Funds "Unaccounted For"

Last week, we first touched on a topic which, in any non-banana republic, would be a far greater scandal than what Ryan Lochte may or may not have …

How to pick locks and break padlocks

The art of picking locks may seem like a skill more suited for an action-movie hero than the average person. However, with perseverance, an understanding of locks, and the right tools, anyone can become a successful lock pick.<p>Although most advanced and higher-end locks require legitimate picking …

Programming tips for beginners

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Evernote Limits Device Sharing for Free Users, Bumps Up the Price of Paid Plans

Today, Evernote announced a change to its pricing plan alongside a new limitation for it’s free service. Both the Plus and Premium paid tiers get a …

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Draw and write with ink in Office

If your device is touch-enabled, the <b>Draw</b> tab is turned on automatically. Otherwise, turn it on by selecting <b>File</b> > <b>Options</b> > <b>Customize Ribbon</b> > …

Amongst vs. Among

Many comedians get their material from real life. Mike Myers, the actor who played Austin Powers in the film of the same name, took inspiration from …

Navy scandal spreading like an oil slick

The Justice Department handed down three more indictments of current and retired Navy officers last week. That brings the total to 13 snared in the …

Open Source Society University

How I’ve Learned To Lead As An Introverted CEO

“I’m generally slow to speak or act,” BuildDirect CEO Jeff Booth confesses. Here’s how he’s turned that into an advantage.<p>Most people who know me would be surprised to learn I’m an introvert, and if you’re an introvert also, chances are some people would be surprised to learn it, too.<p>It’s well …

A Python Reading List by Wesley Chun

Wesley J. Chun, author of Core Python Applications Programming, 3rd Edition, offers a list of his favorite Python books for everyone from complete …

5 Questions To Ask During An Interview

As the 21st-century workforce continues to evolve, there will be significant changes to employee demographics, work types, work arrangements, …

The barbell effect of machine learning

If there’s one technology that promises to change the world more than any other over the next several decades, it’s (arguably) machine learning.<p>By enabling computers to learn certain things more efficiently than humans, and discover certain things that humans cannot, machine learning promises to …

Why I Was Wrong About Liberal-Arts Majors

David Kalt is the founder of Reverb.com, a marketplace for musical instruments and gear, and the owner of the Chicago Music Exchange, a vintage guitar store in Chicago. He also co-founded and was the former CEO of online broker optionsXpress. As the demand for quality computer programmers and …

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20 Tricks That Can Make Anyone An Excel Expert

After Microsoft developed Excel to the 2010 version, it offered more surprises than ever. In order to deal with tons of big data, you can’t ignore …

Glossary of Usage: Index of Commonly Confused Words

"Advice" or "advise"? "Farther" or "further"? "Principal" or "principle"? It's easy to confuse words that are similar in sound, spelling, or meaning. …