Happy Memorial Day week-end as we welcome summer. Perhaps you have some travel plans or maybe a camping trip scheduled soon. Here”s some handy, light reading materials that you can download and load your iPad library with to help pass the time and learn a few things as well. Enjoy
Python was conceived in the late 1980s and its implementation was started in December 1989 by Guido van Rossum at CWI in the Netherlands as a successor to the ABC programming language capable of exception handling and interfacing with the Amoeba operating system. Python 2.0 was released on October 16, 2000, with many major new features including, a cycle-detecting garbage collector (in addition to reference counting) for memory management and support for Unicode. (Wikipedia)
Have you been to a hackathon lately? If so, chances are pretty good that the room was likely dominated by male coders and hackers, and that’s a topic that NASA wants to address with their coming hackathon dev events. This according to a recent article in FastCo on the topic… While NASA has been able to attract participants from all corners of the globe, it has consistently struggled to get women involved. NASA is working very hard to change this. “The attendance is generally 80% male,” says Beth Beck, NASA’s open innovation project manager, who runs the Space Apps Hackathon. “It’s more everyman than everywoman.”
A great story of how one young woman decided to learn a little bit about coding and caught the bug. Now she’s taken things to another level and wants to help young women everywhere get into coding – enter the Karlie Kloss’s Coding Camps for girls. According to this article in FastCo, this summer, Kloss is taking it up a notch by launching her own Kode with Klossy coding camps for young women aged 13-18 in Los Angeles, New York, and her hometown of St. Louis, using Flatiron’s Learn.co curriculum and learning platform.
Are you up for another fun, geeky interview video? Recently, while visiting SoCal, I dropped into Redlands, CA to visit with some of the GeoGeeks. while there I ran into Jim Barry who heads up the EDN team with Esri. Join us while we drive around the Esri campus and the city center in Redlands talking about Geo developers, the Esri DevSummits, dodge ball, and a few other goodies. Enjoy! Note, you can find all the episodes of GeoGeeks driving in cars for coffee HERE
Some fine week-end reading is available here in this free 328 page eBook.. enjoy!
Labor Day long week-end is here, that usually means back to school and for many people, a time to regroup and re-focus after a long summer. The fall is also a great time to think about upgrading some skills, either by enrolling in some form of training or starting some kind of self-paced learning. For those so inclined, here’s a few resources of interest to anyone wanting to polish up their programming & coding skills. Good luck…
Do you love animating data, creating science apps, or taking macrophotographs? In the Visualization Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science, your handiwork can receive its due glory and win you cash prizes. Contest winners will be announced in February 2016, and will be featured in the March issue of Popular Science, on popsci.com and nsf.gov/news/vizzies.