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“You’ve got software engineers who are interested in machine learning, and think what they need to do is just bring in another module and then that will solve their problem. It’s particularly important for those people to understand that this is a different type of beast.”
“It really seemed like Rails just put everything together, so I thought well let’s give this thing a try, and I liked it.”
“Every vendor will advertise that their system is better – that’s nice, I understand you need to sell your thing, but what am I gaining as a user and what am I sacrificing as a user by choosing your product?”
http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Quora_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download “If an engineer is doing something repeatedly over and over again, their mind is immediately going to jump to that place where it’s like ‘Okay how can I make this faster?’ or ‘How can I save myself time?’” Quora is a Q&A website where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by its community of users. Shreyes Seshasai is the Director of Engineering
http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/michael_rosenthal_final.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | Download “The main motivation for me was to gain more perspective on the world and my place in it.” Michael Rosenthal is a traveling programmer who gave up school and full-time job prospects in the U.S. to travel and freelance. This episode is a Christmas special because Michael is my younger brother, and his journey as a developer and a person has been inspiring
http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Triplebyte_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download “Humans are the most complicated thing out there – judging human skill is extremely hard, there’s all kinds of ways that people can be good.” Triplebyte is a technical hiring platform that vets engineers using a comprehensive evaluation platform and connects them to companies that are interesting in hiring them. Triplebyte was part of the Y Combinator summer class of 2015. Ammon Bartram
“Software is this really unique field that is growing so rapidly that people are almost forced to specialize into one subdomain – and that kind of stratification is good for your job and for your employers, but it’s not necessarily good for you as an individual trying to grow in the field of software.”
“The playing field has never ever been more leveled – that means everything you don’t build is your choice not to build it.”
“The cloud as an environment – I had thought it was a purely utilitarian kind of thing. What I realized is that it’s a fascinating centralized repository of computation.”
Wolfram Research makes computing software powered by the Wolfram language, a knowledge-based programming language that draws from symbolic and functional programming paradigms.
“If I was trying to learn coding on my own, to the level that App Academy was able to teach me, it definitely would have taken me significantly longer.”
“Creativity never comes to you – she will only meet you halfway.”
Derek Sivers is a programmer, musician, and writer. He has created several companies and products, including CD Baby, which became the largest seller of independent music online.
“Everything has changed around our lives — the way we connect with each other, the way we communicate, the way we work, even the way we fall in love – except the way we govern ourselves, as a society.”
DemocracyOS is an open-source application for online decision making.
What is it like to be a young software engineer in Nigeria?
Osine and Anesi Ikhianosime have a deep understanding of the startup tactics that have led to so many successful companies in the Web 2.0 boom.
Their favorite podcast is a16z. Their role models include Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates. They recently worked on a machine learning compression project, inspired by the show Silicon Valley.
ChickTech is a nonprofit focused on getting and keeping women in tech. ChickTech: High School builds girls’ confidence, teaches them vital skills, and introduces them to a wide range of technological interests, from robotics to game design to programming.
Janice Levenhagen is the Founder and Executive Director of ChickTech.
Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners provide an opportunity for women to connect and learn from each other. Well-known tech companies of Silicon Valley sponsor the next generation of female software engineers emerging from these dinners.
Sukrutha Bhadouria is a software engineer at Salesforce and the Managing Director of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners.
Changing your occupation to a software engineer is easier today than ever before.
Former Andreesen-Horowitz partner Preethi Kasireddy saw excited software engineers coming through the doors every day, pitching their ideas. This was her impetus to take the leap and make the career switch to software engineering.
“One of the problems is that people have become incredibly disconnected with the way that they feel.”
Christopher Kelly is a computer scientist and a pro mountain biker who now works full-time as a health hacker.
http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/bitcoin_andreas.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBitcoin’s cultural implications inform the engineering opportunities and constraints. Andreas Antonopoulos is a bitcoin researcher, journalist, and evangelist. Questions What are the taboo topics within the bitcoin community? What do you think of when people say “we know bitcoin is the first real cryptocurrency, but the big question is whether it will be the last”? Were grey markets previously underserved before bitcoin? What is
Dima Korolev, Engineer and Data Scientist via Quora Here are the two approaches to data science, which I call Sysadmin approach and Scientist approach. Sysadmin approach: Use the knowledge obtained by reading Apache logs, nginx logs, systemd logs, cron logs, etc.. A good sysadmin would open the log file, press page down and watch it, stopping and scrolling back on anomalies. A great sysadmin would make a couple iterations of