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SEP Selected as a Nominee for TechPoint’s Innovation Mira Award

TechPoint has announced the nominees for its 25th annual Mira Awards, highlighting the most innovative companies, universities, and organizations in Indiana’s tech sector. The awards celebrate achievements across various categories, including the Innovation Partner of the Year. Nominees in this…
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3 Reasons to Use F#

Picking the best programming language is difficult because we can’t just pick the one with the largest goodness number. Obviously, these objective goodness numbers are the easiest and most reliable way to find the best language, but someone neglected to assign them. Instead we individually convert our time slowly into experiences and our experiences into […]
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Best Reasons for Learning F#

Unit Measurement Types The Mars Climate Orbiter met an unfortunate fate in 1999 when it unintentionally crashed into the surface of Mars. The cause? Misinterpreting the unit of measurement. This is hardly an isolated incident. Many software projects of non-trivial size struggle with a good solution for dealing with the cognitive overhead of keeping track […]
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Prevent Signal/Slot Memory Leaks in Python

When using Qt in python, any QObject with a connection to at least one of its signals is not eligible for garbage collection. This makes it very easy to have memory leaks when using dynamically created QWidgets. In order to not leak memory, you must disconnect any slots from all signals on the QObject before […]
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Email: A Different Kind of User Interface

When I set out to make Apple Health Report, I knew I wanted more than just myself to be able to use it. Aside: The real impetus was a new fitness reimbursement program at SEP that I could get reimbursed for working out without having to go to the gym. I wanted all the reporting/math […]
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Stop Using Variables – Learning Through Constraints

My new year’s resolution for 2017 was to stop using variables. My goal was to force some learning by applying a constraint to my work. Over the course of the year, I attempted this while writing various types of code: Restful api endpoints – good. It felt quite natural to write code without variables in […]
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A minor shift in mindset that improved my SQL

I am currently working on a project that involves writing stored functions in PostgreSQL. Typically the goal is one SQL query that returns all the data needed by a particular web page. At first I approached this from an Object Oriented perspective with a focus on minimizing redundant data. This led me down the path […]
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WSL, git, and Beyond Compare

Back Story As I was drafting some new blog posts, I was exploring some stuff on the technical side. Part of that was using WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) to set up git. Since the Windows 10 Creators Update just dropped, it came with a WSL of Ubuntu 16.04. Not too shabby. Since I’m a […]
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A day in the life of a wannabe data scientist

I recently had an experience that I think matches well with the textbook steps often presented in “day in the life of a data scientist” discussions: Frame the question Collect data Clean the data Explore the data Analyze the data Communicate the findings I thought it might be fun to share my trip. Join me, […]
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Connecting Ruby to a Google Spreadsheet With a Service Account

Ever wanted to connect your ruby app to a Google Spreadsheet? Yeah. Me too. I find myself writing ruby scripts and console apps all the time. Many times needing a simple way to store or pull data. Databases are good at that (storing data). But, sometimes a spreadsheet is a more natural place to put […]
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