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Space City JavaScript Conference

A Post-Conference Review of Space City JSI just got back from Space City JS, a JavaScript conference in Houston, Texas. Ideally, I’d write an intelligent piece of prose after long reflection. My schedule doesn’t allow for that, so here are some bullet points. The coffee was strong! and more than cream and sugar was provided[…]

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Data Visualization Compilations

A Compilation of Data Visualization Compilations:There are a wide variety of tools out there for data visualization. Some nice people have come up with compilations of their favorite tools. Other people have created galleries of really outstanding data visualizations that you can use as inspiration. Over the past year, I’ve bookmarked a lot of them.[…]

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How to Study for GIS Certification Exams

GIS Certification:GIS certification is one of those certifications where no one is completely sure of its exact value. I don’t know of any business or organization where it is mandatory, but sometimes you see it listed under “preferred” on job advertisements. When I asked a question about the value of certification versus portfolios in a LinkedIN group devoted[…]

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Tableau Data Visualization Animal Control Calls

Tableau: Data Visualization Software (& mapping)Tableau is similar to CartoDB and MapBox, which were discussed in earlier posts here and here. All are designed to allow the user to quickly drop in data and create visual representations of that data. All have free and paid versions. Tableau Public is the free version of Tableau. The main[…]

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Learning to Code

“A Highly Opinionated & Abbreviated Guide for Taking the First Steps to Learn a Bit of Code” Why Write this?Someone asked me for help figuring out where to start regarding learning how to code today. Fundamentally, that’s why I’m writing this. I figured I’d might as well put it in a post and send her the link.Additionally,[…]

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Signed Up For The Iron Yard 12 week Course

The Iron Yard:I recently made the decision to sign up for the front-end engineering with javascript and MVC frameworks course at the Iron Yard here in Houston, which I’m very excited about.I’ve been considering this for a while. I talked to a bunch of alumni, visited The Iron Yard and Coder Camps, considered options outside[…]

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ArcGIS Hackathon-ish

ESRI sponsored Geo-Development Hackathon:Today I took part in an event put on by ESRI, the company that provides the software on which the majority of enterprise,  academic, and government GIS work takes place. As compared to the Geophysics Hackathon run by AgileGeosciences at the Society of Exploration Geophysics Annual Conference, this was more about learning tools and[…]

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ArcGIS Online WebMaps and MapApps

ArcGIS:For those that might be new to GIS, ArcGIS is the default enterprise GIS solution. This isn’t a great comparison, but it is similar to Microsoft in the 1990s but less evil and with no Apple. The company behind ArcGIS is ESRI. They provide a variety of geospatial products and services; ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server,[…]

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Geophysics Hackathon at 2015 S.E.G. Annual Meeting

Geophysics Hackathon at S.E.G. annual conference, 2015 October 17th – October 18th, 2015 – New OrleansOver the weekend, I took part in a Geophysics Hackathon run by Agile Geosciences before the 2015 Society of Exploration Geophysicists annual meeting. A hackathon is when people get together and try to create one or more instances of software,[…]