Most of us have some go-to functions when we code. Once we are used to coding in a certain way, we tend to use the same functions over and over again, even when there may be a much better way. And, as per the Zen of Python, there should be only one — and preferably only one — obvious way to do it!
More often than I would like to admit, I have fallen in this trap as well. For example getting too used to for loops, using prints too often instead of logs and the list goes on. That is definitely not the Pythonic way to do it. You can always refresh your knowledge about being Pythonic, i.e. …
As this unusual of a year draws to a close, my mind went on a reminiscence journey. I am sure that it happens to everyone at the end of every year, but 2020 has given us much more to think about than we normally would. A year filled with lockdowns, protests, work-from-home, restrictions and so many other unusual and unexpected events that it is hard to get surprised at a lot of things now. But there was also a silver lining. We also saw immense resilience and inspiration, love, and hope.
As I tried to recollect everything that happened this year, I also realized that it is not only the end of the year, it would also mark the end of this decade. So, instead of looking back at things I learned just this year, I wondered: What did I learn till now in 10 years? …
Windows is by far the most widely used operating system in the world today. It has been consistently occupying more than 70 % of the PC Operating System market for several years (Source: Statista). And naturally so. Most people who use PCs are not developers. So they need off the shelf software and user interfaces for most purposes. Why then, would you need to use Linux Distro like Ubuntu?
If you are a developer/data scientist, you probably are already using Linux for some of its many advantages like:
Once upon a while, as I walked
I stumbled across something glittering at my feet
To my astonishment, I heard a voice
As the Queen of Gems spoke:
“Oh human! I see the greed in your eye
Its unmistakable glint, you cannot deny
Unsurprising, as I am no ordinary gem
Having once adorned the most expensive diadem”
I was taken aback, but having neither greed nor pursuit, I replied
“Oh Queen of Gems, you are mistaken
For, your arrogance is what shows you greed in my eyes
I do not know what makes you so rare
I must tell you that I know of something purer than you, if I may…
Have you ever wondered what makes us go through the content that we see? As a person aspiring to write more, I have pondered over this constantly and have read extensively trying to understand.
What invokes enough interest that we continue through an article, an essay or a book right until the very end?
Of course you gravitate towards topics of interest, but I couldn’t help but notice that a few authors write in such a compelling way, that you will go through the whole content, feeling a little bit wiser as compared to when you started reading. …
Lane detection and control has become a common feature in many vehicles today. Additionally it is a basic starting point for anyone going in the direction of Autonomous Driving. But for most people who are not working on autonomous driving or computer vision, starting with it might appear much more of a daunting task than it actually is.
There is a lot of technical research involved in doing actual lane detection. In this case, we see a practical perspective so that anyone interested can try it out without much hassle. …
An elegantly dressed stately gentleman announces to the New York Times about his scientific vision based on his inventions:
“It will be only necessary to carry an inexpensive instrument not bigger than a watch, which will enable its bearer to hear anywhere on sea or land for distances of thousands of miles. One may listen or transmit speech or song to the uttermost parts of the world. In the same way any kind of picture, drawing, or print can be transferred from one place to another. It will be possible to operate millions of such instruments from a single station.”
— Excerpt from the New York Times…
If you are reading this then I assume that you are interested in programming or probably already a programmer. And most likely, you are also stuck home right now with a feeling of time being wasted. The days are sunny, but you cannot go outside, other than perhaps to buy groceries or toilet paper (yeah, I’m tired of the memes too!).
Looks like a better time than any to improve your skills, to do that long overdue online web development/programming/etc. course that you couldn’t before because you were doing something, uh, other things (duh! …
Oh! How often you hear it! It’s a motivational speaker’s and countless other self-help authors’ dream quote. And hell yeah it’s inspiring — If I made it as a billionaire, so can you! If I can make it as a successful author, so can you!
Scientifically speaking, bullshit.
Imagine a well built, towering 7 foot basketball player tells me “if I could be a world class professional (and famous) basketball player, you could do it too”, I’d tell him to get the f*** outta here. “Are you blind? …