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Hard computing problems have become either trivially easy or so impossibly difficult it’s not even worth trying anymore.

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The Moderna team that first created the COVID-19 vaccine designed it in two days. It was a weekend project in January. On Friday evening we had no vaccine, just a series of TGIF memes and an upcoming weekend to look forward to. On Monday morning we had the vaccine. …

The Digital Service Academy would compete with Stanford and MIT

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The U.S. government’s approach of letting Silicon Valley drive the country’s technological boom has left the government itself scrambling for tech talent.

Now, a federal commission led by ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. …

Programmers use the platform to let people see their work and their world

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As the world’s most popular livestreaming site—and a multibillion dollar Amazon property — Twitch is hardly new. But in recent years the web giant, which rocketed to success showing gamers at play, has started to branch out. As livestreaming setups have become cheaper and watching the web has continued to…


Cloud-based coding environments like GitHub’s new Codespaces make programming more accessible

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Over the past decade, desktop software has gradually been eaten by the web browser: Music moved from iTunes to Spotify and Pandora, word processing moved online to Google Docs and Office 365, and design moved from Photoshop to Figma.

Web development, though, has remained loyal to the desktop, requiring increasingly…

The company is offering free COBOL training and a forum for COBOL engineers

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As millions file for unemployment benefits in the United States every week, states’ aging computer systems simply cannot keep up.

States like New Jersey and Connecticut have said they are desperate for programmers who are still familiar with COBOL, a programming language that debuted in 1960 and is still used…

A computer science professor explains the evolution of coding careers

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Most of the people I know are software engineers or computer scientists of one form or another. Most of them are very experienced and come from a time when to be either of those things required a very serious computer science education. This is still the case for being a…

Retired engineers are coming to the rescue

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Over the weekend, New Jersey governor, Phil Murphy, made an unusual public plea during his daily coronavirus briefing: The state was seeking volunteer programmers who know COBOL, a 60-year old programming language that the state’s unemployment benefits system is built on. Like every state across the nation, New Jersey was…


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