Top unicorns herd to Python – SD Times

SD Times image credit.

The very definition of a Unicorn is such that they aren’t necessarily bound by convention and are more open to doing things differently to achieve their goals. Though Python has been around a while, it’s still not necessarily an enterprise language on the level of C, C++, Java, etc. That could be changing before our very eyes.

New analysis on top programming used at top US unicorn reveals Python as number one language

Source: Top unicorns herd to Python – SD Times

Microsoft’s #InsiderUp isn’t just about being nice — here’s the big picture a certified Warditorial

courtesy of Jason Ward, Windows Central

Looking deeper into Microsoft’s ambitious #InsiderUp program’s goal to make everyone, everywhere a programmer.


What you need to know


  • Microsoft’s #InsiderUp program is positioned to make everyone a programmer for an increasingly tech-centric world.
  • Due to embedded tech all around us Microsoft’s “Tech Intensity” perspective views all companies as tech companies.
  • Microsoft wants to make all companies part of its ambitious global cloud computing platform.
  • Microsoft’s #InsiderUp is about creating a global human resource to support Microsofts global cloud computing goals.


Microsoft’s recently revealed #InsiderUp program utilizes the company’s vast human resource of enthusiastic Insiders combined with a diversity of programs to connect with and train regular people from various walks of life, all over the world, in the art of coding. Microsoft wants to tear down perceived and actual barriers and make everyone (who wants to be) a programmer.


Still, Microsoft is a business, with a goal to make its Azure Cloud platform the computing platform for every person and business around the world. Teaching everyone on the planet to code is to ensure individuals that are part of companies that Microsoft is incorporating (or trying to assimilate) into its global cloud platform, will have the necessary skills to fit into Microsoft’s big cloud picture…


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Fuchsia Friday: A first look at the Fuchsia SDK, which you can download…

Fuchsia Friday: A first look at the Fuchsia SDK, which you can download…

The edition for this week covers some technical, development aspects of Fuschia with an emphasis on the Dart language, one of 3 used by Google for the development purposes of their creation. What I find interesting here is that so far, no mention of the Go Language. It sounds like a subject for another episode as I find it hard to believe Go won’t play a huge part in Fuschia, which IMO is designed to be Android without ties to Java, therefore Oracle [successor to Sun Microsystems].

With the significant news this week that the Fuchsia SDK and a Fuchsia “device” are being added to the Android Open Source Project, now seems like a good time to learn more about the Fuchsia SDK.


The curious can find a download at the bottom of this article, but I obviously don’t recommend its usage for any major projects as it will swiftly become outdated and/or outright wrong. The tools in the included version are designed for use with 64-bit Linux, so if you’re on OS X, you’re on your own.


Not mentioned in the article means you are also on your own regarding Windows.

via Fuschia Friday SDK edition.

Python Lives: Why This Old School Language Keeps Getting More Popular – DZone Big Data

“Simple is better than complex”. One of the Zen rules of Python. A language that gets things done is part of the reason it continues to grow. And it’s not owned by any one company is a plus as well.

via Python Lives: Why This Old School Language Keeps Getting More Popular – DZone Big Data

How Does HIPAA Apply to Wearable Health Technology?

How Does HIPAA Apply to Wearable Health Technology?

I have posted information on this topic before here and here among other places on this blog. My rule of thumb is that if it touches your body and records information about it, it is subject to HIPAA regulations. Knowing that this does not fit the narrative presented by limited government advocates; that is where we are. Until Medicare and Medicaid are brought on board with coverage for wearables, this health benefit will remain a niche product and service.

For additional guidance on creating effective disclosures, check out the FTC’s .com Disclosures report. If you have a health app, don’t forget to consult the mobile health apps interactive tool, the FTC’s best practices guidance for mobile health app developers and the OCR developer portal. And when you’re telling consumers about how you share consumer health information, always remember the FTC Act as well as HIPAA (“Sharing Consumer Health Information?” 2016).

How do HIPAA security and privacy protections apply to wearable health technology and the health data it collects and stores?

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CodeTalk: Rethinking IDE accessibility – Microsoft Research

This is the first I have heard of this, but it is very important for everyone to have the opportunity to develop software and solutions. We are all in this together.


It is a bright afternoon in the Microsoft Research India lab. Research Fellow, Venkatesh Potluri, sits at his computer, frantically racing against the clock to fix one last bug before the end of the day. The computer blares into his headphones—not music, but a robotic rendition of the code, as Venkatesh uses a program called a screen reader to access applications on his computer [..]

Source: CodeTalk: Rethinking IDE accessibility – Microsoft Research