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Computing asteroid coordinates? Don't reinvent that wheel!
Welcome!¶. PyEphem provides scientific-grade astronomical computations for the Python programming language. Given a date and location on the Earth's surface, it can compute the positions of the Sun and Moon, of the planets and their moons, and of any asteroids, comets, or earth satellites whose ...
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Also make sure your orbital data are current. Jupiter has a way of bending those ideal ellipses.
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The Institute for Concrete Turtle Studies is grateful for this recognition.
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Two organizations which try to educate scientists in good programming practice are developing a competency test. I think the tasks are reasonable but should be allowed more than 1 hour.
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The day after I discover QWOP, the developer releases this.
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I briefly worked in a group which allowed a half day per week for this. Some really useful things got done that way.
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This is not your engineering professor's Fortran.
This book concerns software design. Although many current discussions of scientific programming focus on scalable performance, this book focuses on scalable design. The authors analyze how the structu...
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Real programmers can write Big Ball of Mud in any language.
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They may not be Cleopatra, but they're still queens of denial?
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"[Many scientists] are unaware of tools and practices that would allow them to write more reliable and maintainable code with less effort."
Authors: D. A. Aruliah, C. Titus Brown, Neil P. Chue Hong, Matt Davis, Richard T. Guy, Steven H. D. Haddock, Katy Huff, Ian Mitchell, Mark Plumbley, Ben Waugh, Ethan P. White, Greg Wilson, Paul Wilson...
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Never thought I'd play this, now trying to get a grip on it.
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Great piece - I'd be interested in 'attempting' it.
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Someone caught concrete turtle fever 4 years ahead of me.
Brothers and sisters, I need your help. A couple of years ago, during my years working for Wildwood, I happened to be at OD Heck for something. Somewhere on their grounds, between all the weird bridge...
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  • Parabon NanoLabs
    Software Engineer, 2013 - present
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    Librarian, 2010 - 2013
  • University of Michigan
    Programmer, 2009 - 2013
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Geek for fun (classical music, astronomy) and profit (software engineering).