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Computer Programming

  1. Poor Execution of the Day: Codebabes Motivates Beginning Coders With Naked Women

    BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE

    Look, Codebabes.com, you could have the best intentions in the world, and you would still be a perfect example of everything that is wrong with the perception of women in the coding industry.

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  2. Game Developers Walk Out of Scripted Reality Show, With Sexism as the Last Straw

    GAME_JAM was supposed to be a YouTube-based webseries, a reality show about four teams of game developers competing to win prizes and promote their careers. According to many of the folks involved, it was hamstrung by terrible contracts, mismanaged sponsorship, and a director who sought every opportunity to fabricate conflict against the will of participants, and a general misunderstanding of what game development actually involved. But the thing that united the sixteen contestants into walking off the show was when it attempted to get them to impugn the place of women in coding and game making. And we think that's pretty cool.

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  3. Jennie Lamere Solo Codes a Spoiler Blocker for Twitter in 10 Hours, Wins Prizes and Our Hearts

    Supergirly

    A browser extension or other feature that can blank out or choose not to display tweets that contain certain words is not a new invention. It's already a basic feature on many Twitter desktop applications and browser extensions to alter Twitter's native site abound. But that doesn't mean that you don't have to know your stuff in order to make one from scratch, which is how seventeen-year-old Jennie Lamere won the Boston Hackathon last month.

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  4. Natalie Gordon Programmed her Own Web-Based Start Up Business… While Pregnant

    This Exists... Because of A Lady

    So here's the exception to a number of tired old adages about women in the workplace. The baby registry webiste BabyList was put together by veteran programmer Natalie Gordon during her pregnancy. Then, with the help of a designer, she launched the website just two weeks before her son was born. As some one who has launched a website while decidedly not-pregnant, and even then was only in charge of content, not anything on the backend... lets just say that's pretty freaking impressive.

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  5. ESPN Hosts Hacking Competition for Women [Now Hear How This Makes Sense]

    The Future Is Now!

    ESPN, coding, and women aren't three things you'd expect to see in connection to each other, unless, perhaps, it was a statement about how the cultures of the first two aren't generally known for involving a lot of the latter, at least in participatory roles. And then there's the notorious rivalry on screen and stage of "Jocks vs. Geeks." But this weekend two hundred people, most of them women, came together at Stanford University for espnW's first Hack Day, a competition to see who could code the best mobile app for sports fans, regardless of their gender.

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  6. Estonia to Offer Computer Programming for Kids in Grade School

    Teaching children how to program computers is, in many ways, teaching them logic at its finest. Computers are essentially the ultimate example of cause and effect. Using computer programming in the curriculum is often reserved for upper level grade school or college, but a program in Estonia could soon change all that. The Tiger Leap Foundation has launched a pilot program called ProgeTiiger which will work to introduce Estonian schoolchildren to computer programming as early as first grade.

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  7. The Origin of Easter Eggs — The Digital Ones

    It's Technical

    It should come as no surprise that the concept of a digital or virtual "Easter egg," or a hidden link, message, feature, etc. embedded into a form of media, has a geeky history. Not just geeky, but vintage geeky -- as in 1979 Atari geeky. Do I have your attention? And no, there are no Easter eggs before the jump. I'm not technically-inclined enough to work that kind of sorcery.

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  8. To Shrink the Gender Gap In Its Engineering Department, Etsy Teams Up With Hacker School

    Make It So

    While the vast majority of Etsy visitors are women (according to a 2010 company survey), its vice president of engineering, Marc Hedlund has acknowledged that the company's own tech department is not as diverse as it should be. In fact, in a department of about 100, there are only 11 female engineers, none of whom are in management positions. But Hedlund isn't going to let this slide, and in order to remedy the gender disparity, a new scholarship and sponsorship program through Hacker School has been announced to encourage more women to pursue engineering postions, not only at Etsy, but across the country. And that's what we like to call "initiative"!

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  9. Presenting PyLadies Python Programmers

    A Series of Fallopian Tubes

    The L.A. Weekly blog recently did a profile on the PyLadies. "Who are the PyLadies," you ask? A group of talented, interesting women we're surprised we hadn't heard of before and are happy to tell you about now. 

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  10. That Experiment Involving Monkeys Writing Shakespeare Was Almost Successful (Kind Of)

    Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

    If you have never heard of the infinite monkey theorem, here is a crash course: if an infinite amount of monkeys are given an infinite amount of time and typewriters, they will eventually type an entire written work, such as something by William Shakespeare. Someone actually ran this experiment and came up with approximately 99.99 percent of the Bard's poem, "A Lover's Complaint." There is a catch, however -- the monkeys were only virtual. I'm calling shenanigans. I will only accept an infinite amount of actual monkeys, thankyouverymuch. But let's take a look at what happened with the virtual monkeys, shall we?

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