It was one of those sessions while I was talking to students about creativity and innovation. I polled the students, first. How many of you think you are creative, I asked.
A few hands went up.
“Keep the hands up and look around”, I said.
A few more hands went up. I picked one of the girls (there were very few with their hands up) and asked her – “Why do you think you are creative? Do you have an idea?”.
“Not one, but many”. And before I could recover, she reeled them off one by one. There were quite a few good ideas.
This is why I love talking to students. You never know, when you find some of these gems. It is worth visiting colleges to find just one or two of these unusual people. It is also the reason, why I hire mostly freshers (with a few exceptions). I have had great experience in working with them.
I also, never forget these students and try to stay in touch.
Will be switching to DoraiThodla over the next few weeks. Will try to migrate all the stuff from here gradually.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
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The mobile gaming market in North America continues to grow. As of Q3 2014, there are 141.9MM NA mobile gamers, up from 111.3MM NA mobile gamersin 2013. These mobile gamers spent an average of $32.65 in the last year,generating $4.63B in NA mobile gaming revenue.
The graph below provides a view of how gamers discover games (click on it to get a larger view)
For a great analysis please see this free report.
A nice blog post from Asana on How to Start Small and Scale Over Time:
Recently, we’ve made a series of changes to our data infrastructure that have all proven extremely valuable:
- Investing in monitoring, testing, and automation to reduce fire-fighting
- Moving from MySQL to Redshift for a scalable data warehouse
- Moving from local log processing to Hadoop for scalable log processing
- Introducing Business Intelligence tools to allow non-experts to answer their own data questions
Got this from Hadoop Weekly, Issue #95, 9 November 2014. It has many other valuable articles on scaling.
Watching programming language popularity is one of my hobbies. The TIOBE index Nov 2014, shows some interesting trends. Let us take a look.
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This para from the TIOBE is worth noting.
Thanks to the big data hype, computational statistics is gaining attention nowadays. The TIOBE index lists various of these statistical programming languages available, e.g. Julia (position #126), LabView (#63), Mathematica (#80), MATLAB (#24), S (#84), SAS (#21), SPSS (#104) and Stata (#110). Most of these languages are getting more popular every month. The clear winner of the pack is the open source programming language R. This month it jumped to position 12, while being at position 15 last month.
- The top 7 languages (from a year ago) retain their spots, but all of them drop a bit in popularity.
- Dart, a programming language from Google, jumps into Top 20 from a previous rank of #81. Dart is language for building web and cloud apps.
- Swift comes from nowhere and enters #18 spot. Swift is a new programming language from Apple for iOS and OS X.
- Perl and Visual Basic.NET stay in Top 10. It will be interesting to watch their moves.
- F# keeps moving up (from #23 to #16)
- Watch the Top 50 languages (#21-#50). Some of them are leading indicators to future of computing.
- To see potential new entrants into Top 20, you may want to watch the other languages in Top 50 in the TIOBE site.
- I expected Scala to be in this list but for some reason, I don’t see it. I think it will soon move up into the Top 20 list.
- Three SQL dialects are still in Top 20. I am not surprised by that since SQL is still one of the most popular languages for database programming.
- I keep hearing a lot about Julia. I will be watching it with interest.
The images in this page are from InfoMinder. InfoMinder is a tool for tracking web pages. I use it to track a few interesting pages on the web. When InfoMinder detects change in a page, it highlights it and creates a new changed page. It is one of the tools we built over a decade ago and is still chugging along, helping me and others watch the web.