NY Times August 24, 2017, Steve Lohr. Read here.

Wed 9/20/2017 - 3:50 PM

It seems as if everyone uses spreadsheets. Most people don't think about them too much, but there are ways to improve your spreadsheet use.

Joe and Jesse talk about spreadsheets on The Roundtable what you probably know (that's right), what you probably know (that's irrelevant), and what you probably know (that's wrong).

Here's a link to three sets of best practice modeling standards  http://www.ssrb.org/standards

Download a comparison of several sets of standards here: Standards Comparison

It's probably more than you want to know so we'll boil it down to a few simple practices.

Mon 8/21/2017 - 11:23 AM

We'll talk about the flip-side of data retention and archiving: getting rid of what you don't need to keep. We may also talk about how your communication and messaging apps may be saving lots and lots of data. 

On the topic of security, this article from The Atlantic raises some good points. It starts from Henry Stimson's famous line: "Gentlemen do not read each others' mail."


 

Mon 7/17/2017 - 1:49 PM

Washington Post article: What We Lose When the World Moves On From Email. Read here.

Fri 7/14/2017 - 3:01 PM

Springtime (April - June) is developer conference time. It probably started with the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons in the fall. In order to fill the pipeline and retail channel with software to go with the new hardware, companies invited their developers to preview the new features of the operating systems so they could write code for the new products.

Microsoft's Annual Build conference was held this month as was Google I/O. Facebook developers met in April, and Apple's turn is June 5. What's in the air? What will products look like in the next year? 

Some of the words in the air at 2017 developer conferences:

  • AI (artificial intelligence)
  • AR (augmented reality)
  • Cloud
  • Speech recognition

Some of the developer conversations:

  • Kotlln and Swift
  • Neural networks

Some of the quotes from developer conferences: 

 "AI is going to disrupt every single business".-- Harry Shum, Microsoft EVP AI and Research Group at Microsoft Build 2017, 5/10/2017

"An important shift from a mobile first world to an AI first world" -- Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2017

“We can’t build the AR product that we want today, so building VR is the path to getting to those AR glasses” -- Mark Zuckerberg in Recode interview 

Joe and Jesse talk about some of the highlights on The Roundtable on WAMC Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11 AM.

Sun 5/21/2017 - 8:45 PM

Keynotes and presentations here

 

May 10-12 2017, Seattle.

Sun 5/21/2017 - 8:37 PM

For many, the highlight of Google I/O developer conference.

From TechCrunch:

At Google’s I/O developer conference, CEO Sundar Pichai announced a new technology called Google Lens. The idea with the product is to leverage Google’s computer vision and AI technology in order to bring smarts directly to your phone’s camera. As the company explains, the smartphone camera won’t just see what you see, but will also understand what you see to help you take action.

During a demo, Google showed off how you could point your camera at something and Lens tells you what it is — like, it could identify the flower you’re preparing to shoot.

More here.

Sun 5/21/2017 - 7:57 PM

Kotlin is the new language for Android development.

From Wikipedia:

Kotlin is a statically-typed programming language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine and also can be compiled to JavaScript source code. Its primary development is from a team of JetBrains programmers based in Saint Petersburg, Russia (the name comes from Kotlin Island, near St. Petersburg).[3] While the syntax is not compatible with Java, Kotlin is designed to interoperate with Java code and is reliant on Java code from the existing Java Class Library, such as the collections framework. Kotlin is similar to Apple's Swift.[4]

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Development lead Andrey Breslav has said that Kotlin is designed to be an industrial-strength object-oriented language, and a "better language" than Java, but still be fully interoperable with Java code, allowing companies to make a gradual migration from Java to Kotlin.[10]

The Kotlin site: "Statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications" Here.

Sun 5/21/2017 - 7:48 PM

Android Developer Pages here.

Sun 5/21/2017 - 7:42 PM