STEM - How to Introduce my 3rd and 4th Graders to Coding?

Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains. -Bill Gates. Chairman, Microsoft I recently had an inquiry from an astronomy-buff friend of mine who wanted to introduce his 3rd and 4th Graders to programming. Following Hanselman's advice of how many...

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Apache Spark on Azure HDInsight - My Talk @ Tampa Bay Data Science Group

Last week Microsoft has announced that Apache Spark on Azure HDInsight (Microsoft’s managed Hadoop and Spark cloud service) is now generally available. I spoke to Tampa Bay Data Science Group last night regarding Apache Spark on Azure HDInsight and the associated offerings. Spark for Azure HDInsight offers customers an enterprise-ready Spark solution that’s fully managed, secured, and highly available...

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A Workable Definition of Data Science

John Foreman in, Data Smart: Using Data Science to Transform Information into Insight works towards a A Workable Definition of Data Science, which is definitely an excellent read. To an extent, data science is synonymous with or related to terms like business analytics, operations research, business intelligence, competitive intelligence, data analysis and modeling, and knowledge extraction (also called knowledge...

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Back2Basics - Windows Services in Powershell & TopShelf

When designing systems, distributed or otherwise, engineers create applications which can be roughly classified into two major categories: (a) Long running, background processes which require multiple steps / dependencies / workflow items to complete and (b) (mostly) interactive shorter duration programs. In Microsoft application landscape, the earlier category of daemon / majordomo style apps are best served...

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Data Science Hackathon

Online Data Science Hackathon - Apache Spark Maker Build This is a Global On-line Hackathon that Begins May 23, 2016 and Ends August 3, 2016.  Submissions Due August 3rd By 5:00 Pm Est. Build an Apache Spark application to address a real business problem or core concern related to customer care, marketing, risk management or...

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Tampa Bay Data Science Meetup - Machine Learning Overview with Microsoft Azure

Tomorrow, Tampa Bay Data Science Group in conjunction with Florida IT Professionals group like to announce the meetup, Machine Learning Overview - Microsoft Azure RSVP Here  and join us at Microsoft Tampa Office to discuss Azure Machine Learning, a fully managed cloud service that enables you to easily build, deploy, and share predictive analytics solutions. 6:00pm...

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Irvine .NET Meetup - From Story to Document: Modeling Common Business Problems with MongoDB

As co-organizer of Irvine.NET Meetup, I'd invite you to our next meetup. Today Wed 5/18, Nuri Halperin will be presenting at Irvine Developers Group, an exclusive preview of his MongoDB World '16 Talk "From Story to Document: Modeling Common Business Problems with MongoDB". RSVP Abstract: When designing a solution leveraging MongoDB, the entities and business requirements...

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