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Steven Lott
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Attended Syracuse University
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Why Python? What's it good for? How is it special?
First. The question is moot. It's a programming language. It's good for programming. When I push back, folks try to produce languages which exist only in certain pigeon holes. "You know. PHP is for web and JavaScript runs in the browser. What's Python for?"...
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A NoSQL Conversation
This cropped up recently. It's part of a "replace Mongo with Relational DB" conversation. I'm going to elide the conversation down to five key points. The three post-hoc nonsensical ideas, and the two real points. What's (to me) very telling is that someone...
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The Data Structures and Algorithms Problem
Here's a snippet of an email In big data / data science, the curse of dimensionality keeps showing up over and over. A good place to start is the wiki article “ curse of dimensionality .” The issue seems to be that a lot of these big data / data science peo...
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The Composite Builder Pattern, an Example of Declarative Programming
I'm calling this the Composite Builder pattern. This may have other names, but I haven't seen them. It could simply be lack of research into prior art. I suspect this isn't very new. But I thought it was cool way to do some declarative Python programming. H...
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SQL Hegemony and Document Databases
A surpassingly strange question is this: "How do I get the data out of MongoDB into a spreadsheet?" The variation is "How can we load the MongoDB data into a relational database?" I'm always perplexed by this question. It has a subtext that I find baffling....
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SQL Hegemony -- the "Pivot Table" problem
As far as I can tell, the Pivot Table Problem™ only exists for people who have actively put on blinders so that they can only see data one way. This leads to the following. The context appears to be millions of rows of data. Hundreds of columns.  It appears...
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The Lynda.com Experience
One word: "wow" More words: "Helping shy people get up and do what needs to be done." Yes, that's Garrison Keillor's tag line for one of the "sponsors" of "A Prairie Home Companion": the Powdermilk Biscuits company.  ( Heavens. they're tasty and expeditious...
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The GUI Problem
I write Microservices. And not-so-micro Services. API's. I got this email recently. "Goal: get you to consider adding Gooey to your Python tool set" "Gooey What it's for: Turn a console-based Python program into one that sports a platform-native GUI. Why it...
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PacktPub Looking For Python Projects
Do you have a good project? Do you want to write? The acquisition folks at Packt are looking for this: "... demonstrate 4-5 projects over the course of the chapters in order to demonstrate how to build scalable Python projects from scratch. These projects c...
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Dexy and word-processing toolchains
See  http://www.dexy.it Wow. That seems cool. I write. A lot. I've tried a lot of tool chains. A lot. And I mean non-trivial "try". Whole books.  Hundreds of pages. LEO  + my own HTML Templates. A lot of fun at first.  An outliner that generates RST is a ve...
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The Spike Solution
I've had a lingering question about the "spike solution" phrase. What's the etymology of this? For a long time, I thought of spike as in "nailing down some details." Today, I found this:  http://agiledictionary.com/209/spike/ I was wrong. I'm happy to see t...
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Steven F. Lott is a consultant, teacher, author and software developer with over 35 years of experience building software of every kind, from specialized control systems for military hardware to large data warehouses to web service API's.



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TechNomad: traveller, itinerant, vagabond.
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Software Architect
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Python, Java
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  • Capital One
    Developer, 2014 - present
    Developer. Disruptor. Dreamer.
  • Astyra
    Software Developer, 2014 - 2014
  • Self
    Author, 2013 - 2014
  • CTG
    Software Architect, 1978 - 2013
    Almost 35 years of development experience.
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