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The ability to take data — to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it — that’s going to be a hugely important skill in the next decades.

                                                                  - Hal Varian

Here is a primer for folks in data science and those exploring for resources & discussions around it!

What is data science?
Analysis: The future belongs to the companies and people that turn data into products.

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Learning to program isn’t enough.  If you want your stuff to actually run on the web and be used by other humans, and dogs pretending to be humans, you have to also know a few things about the “stack” below your web app.  The first part?  The operating system of your webserver.  Which is probably going to be Linux.    Know it, love it, give it a big old character-mode hug, because you’re gonna hafta get to be friends with it. 


EP05 - Getting Started With Linux #likeaboss

This week we talk about the basics of the command line and what to look out for. When wanting to work or develope in a Linux/Unix environment there are a command set of concepts that you NEED to konw before you can feel comfortable in Linux/Unix.

Need To Know

  • Shell (bash, sh, cmd.exe, command.com)
  • Getting around the file directory is your ABCs
    • tip: TAB key, double tap TAB
  • Environment Vars (Variables that exist globally for any script on the server)
    • .profile, .bash_rc
    • $PATH variable (points to folders)
    • $PROMPT var


  • SSH: host, username, port.
    • .ssh/config
    • PROMPT (iOS App)
  • Editors: vi, vim, emacs, nano, etc
  • Version control: git, mercurial, etc.

Moving Forward

  • Package Managers
    • OS: apt, apt-get, yum, mac_ports
    • Languages: npm, easy_install, pecl

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