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Translating Research to Practice

Impact Analysis: How Research Can Enter Application and Make a Difference.

Computer Science

Paul Ford explores the foundations, technicalities, and business/consulting understandings of “coding” in this Bloomberg Business article. This is worth a read for anyone who works with data or programmers:

A computer is a clock with benefits. They all work the same, doing second-grade math, one step at a time…

Coders, starting with concepts such as “signals from a keyboard” and “numbers in memory,” created infinitely reproducible units of digital execution that we call software, hoping to meet the needs of the marketplace. …

Every character truly, truly matters. Every single stupid misplaced semicolon, space where you meant tab, bracket instead of a parenthesis—mistakes can leave the computer in a state of panic. … For not only are computers as dumb as a billion marbles, they’re also positively Stradivarian in their delicacy. …

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