Meditations on programming, startups, and technology

Survey Results

Last week I asked you to provide me with feedback via a quick survey. In today’s post I’ll share the results. Q: How would you rate Programmingzen.com’s content in terms of usefulness? Most of you...

Please Take My Programming Survey

This week I decided to get some feedback from my readers on various blogs I run. I feel it’s important to blog about topics that my audience actually cares about. I created a short survey for Zen and...

Tip #3 for Young Developers: Master ...

As a developer, you’ll spend a lot of your time writing code. Less than you’d think, as we’ll see in future tips in the series, but still thousands of hours. It pays dividends to master your code editor....

Tip #2 for Young Programmers: Learn ...

A surprising amount of people in our profession are not familiar with revision control software. In the world of computer software engineering, revision control is any kind of practice that tracks and...

Tip #1 for Young Programmers: Specia...

Over the years, I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a series of posts aimed at young programmers. [1] My advice will be aimed at aspiring programmers, students, and programmers who are just starting...

Big Data University: Educating One M...

In last week’s post, I discussed one of the projects I’m currently working on at IBM. My colleagues and I have another interesting project that I want to introduce you to as well. It’s called Big Data...

Data Scientist Workbench: IBM’s All-...

For the past ten years, I’ve been working on a multitude of projects within IBM. Being part of the Emerging Technologies team, in the IBM Analytics group, I get to use (and often implement) some really cool...

A Review of the Amazon Books Store

This week I’m in unusually sunny Seattle as a mentor at Datapalooza, a data science conference that is organized by my employer. While here, I thought I’d pay visit to the first – and...

My Tour of Tech in Silicon Valley

A few days ago I blogged about being on assignment in San Francisco for the IBM LEADing to Africa program. Last weekend I decided to explore Silicon Valley a little, taking advantage of my temporary proximity....

On Assignment in San Francisco for I...

I’m in San Francisco, but I didn’t bring any flowers for my hair. Chiefly due to the lack of hair. 🙂 What I brought with me however was a couple of suitcases and a great amount of enthusiasm....

Logitech Type+ for iPad Air 2 Review

Last week I bought a keyboard case for my new iPad Air 2. I’ll start with a confession. I truly wanted to hate this keyboard. I hoped it would suck. Here’s why: ever since I discovered the...

Backing up large amounts of photos

As some of you may know, I dabble in photography, which means that after years of shooting I have a very large volume of RAW files laying around (currently a little over 500GB’s worth). Adobe Lightroom does...

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