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Python 3 String-Processing Causing Problems?

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Widely known as a general-purpose programming language, Python is excellent at string handling—but a few things have changed between Python 2 and Python 3. This article is a reminder of what Python strings can (still) do for you, as well as a look at what you need to know about Python 3 strings. We discussed some of these Python 3 changes in a previous article. Python 3 relies on Unicode Characters, more specifically UTF-8 as the default source encoding. This… continue…

Daily Tip: Forget Life-Work Balance

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Workplace advisors have spent the past several years beating the proverbial drum about the need to achieve a good “work-life balance.” And on paper, such a thing certainly sounds like a solution for all the ills of modern life: Who wouldn’t want to split time equally between family and work obligations, with at least some time set aside every week for fun? The problem is that proper work-life balance isn’t really achievable for most people. “If you’re an executive, manager,… continue…

Lack of Mentorship Hobbles Women in Tech

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New research from nonprofit firm Catalyst suggests that women who earn their MBA are far less likely than men to use that degree within a “tech intensive” industry. According to the firm’s latest survey, any blame for a lack of women in tech-intensive industries shouldn’t rest with the education system, which is the frequent target of executives who complain about gender discrepancy in tech; instead, women decline to participate in those industries due to a lack of role models, concerns… continue…

Daily Tip: Negative Thinking Could Do You Good

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There’s a lot to be said for thinking positive. But what about thinking negative? According to Psychology Today, letting a little darkness into your thought process can do you some good in the long run. Psychology Today cites two new books (The Upside of Your Dark Side and Rethinking Positive Thinking) that suggest a little pessimism can serve as an excellent motivator for accomplishing tasks throughout the day, while a touch of anxiety can make people more detail-oriented. Other benefits… continue…

You’ve Built Your App. Here’s How You Market It

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It takes blood, sweat, and tears—or at least a whole lot of programming knowledge, late nights, and energy drinks—to build a good mobile app. With all the energy devoted to bringing something new into the world, however, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the world won’t see your creation unless you spend an equal effort in marketing it. Every so often, an app builder gets lucky, and their app goes “viral” (a good candidate for 2014’s most overused term) without… continue…

Here’s Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

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After six years, do you think the number of submissions to the App Store has stayed level, climbed, or fallen? As demonstrated by this chart of the App Store’s metrics (hat tip to Pocket Gamer), the number of submissions per day continues to rise, likely driven by a combination of new apps and updates of existing apps. (There was also a surge over the summer as developers prepared for the launch of iOS 8, the latest version of Apple’s mobile… continue…

5 Behaviors That Can Derail Your Career

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Maybe you were passed over for a promotion or received a skimpy annual raise. Why? If your performance and technical skills are up to snuff, the reason might be your on-the-job behavior. Research suggests that emotional maturity and the way you treat your co-workers and boss may play a greater role in determining your success than having a high IQ. At their most extreme, undesirable behaviors can lead to disciplinary action and even termination. Here are some of the common… continue…

Facebook, Box, Pinterest Launch Women Mentorships

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Over the summer, a handful of tech giants released diversity reports that showed their respective companies weren’t diverse at all, with white males occupying the majority of positions from the engineering ranks to the C-suite. At Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo, males constituted 80 percent or more of employees. After that data became public, many of these companies vowed to do better. “I’m not satisfied with the numbers… They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard… continue…

Are Database Administrators Doomed?

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Just about everyone agrees these days that there is more data to manage than ever. The topic on which nobody seems to agree is who needs to manage it, or to what degree it might actually need to be managed. Traditionally, database administrators (also known as DBAs) have been at the center of the data-management universe: There was always a need to have someone optimize the performance of applications by making sure data was well structured. But with the rise… continue…

Daily Tip: Clean Desk, Clean Mind

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People spend lots of time keeping their virtual desktops clean and their email boxes as empty as possible—but what about their real-world space? While some of your colleagues and friends are very good at maintaining a rigorously spare work environment, you doubtlessly know more than a few whose desks are total disaster zones. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. Disorganization can slow you down, result in losing vital documents, and make you… continue…