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Multiple Languages: Why Start-ups are NOT just for young people

I’m never going to understand the idea that start-ups are for young people. It is like the ads you see where people want a 25-year-old with 15 years of experience, you know, “Expert in C++, systems administration, Linux, Windows, SAS, R, Hadoop, Ruby, Python and Java. Must have 5-plus years experience in development for mobile…

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Six Start-up Lessons from Martial Arts

Twenty-eight years ago, I won the world judo championships. Unlike almost everyone else who accomplishes that feat, I did NOT go into running a judo school, selling martial arts supplies, or, more recently, mixed martial arts. Photo courtesy of Hans Gutknecht of the Los Angeles Daily News On the contrary, I immediately went into a…

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Absolute and Relative Paths: Why my PHP / HTML / Javascript is not working

Several times on this blog, I have mentioned that the most common errors I make, and most programmers*, are the simple things like typing or forgetting to close a bracket or tag. Many of those errors are now automatically fixed by the intellisense of various IDEs (Integrated Development Environment), like Webstorm, but they still pop…

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Little SAS tips (& special characters) while analyzing TIMSS data

For reasons I may explain later – or maybe not – I decided to analyze the TIMSS data, which is Trends in International ¬†Mathematics and Science Study. Use a colon: Nifty tip #1 ** Ran this first *** libname LIB ‘C:\TIMSS2007\Data’; proc contents data =¬†lib.G4_ACHIEVE07; *** Modified to only keep math items ; data lib.G4_ACHIEVE07;…