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Interview

Interview: Taking Advice from a Machine

Six Questions for Kim Falk author of Practical Recommender Systems

By Frances Lefkowitz

Kim Falk is a Copenhagen-based data scientist who works with machine learning and recommender systems. Keep up with him @kimfalk on Twitter.

Tracking an Evolving Language

Six Questions for Jon Skeet, author of C# In Depth, 4th Edition

Jon Skeet (@jonskeet) is a senior software engineer at Google, London and a recognized authority on Java and C#. He is the top contributor to Stack Overflow.

The Towers of Hanoi

Six Questions for David Kopec, author of Classic Computer Science Problems in Python

David Kopec is Assistant Professor in computer science at Vermont’s Champlain College and author of two books in the Classic Problems series. If you want more, find @davekopec on Twitter.

Machine Learning with SAM and Alexa

Six Questions for Kesha Williams of AWS Machine Learning in Motion

Kesha Williams is a full-stack web developer specializing in Java and AWS. She has won numerous awards for her innovative development, as well as her work as a college professor, speaker, tech blogger, and mentor. The founder of Colors of STEM, which cultivates role models to inspire girls of all races to enter the science and tech fields.

Holistic Problem Solving

Six Questions for Yan Cui, instructor of Production-Ready Serverless 

Bio: Yan Cui has worked with AWS for almost a decade, and has contributed his knowledge of production AWS Lamda to the Well-Architected whitepaper published by AWS. Based in London, he travels all over the world giving talks and workshops on serverless. This year he has presented in Copenhagen, Milan, Las Vegas, Portland, Tel Aviv, Krakow, and many more. His blog on The Burning Monk covers his favorite topics, including AWS, serverless, functional programming and chaos engineering.

Voice First!

Six questions for Dustin Coates, author of Voice Applications for Alexa and Google Assistant

Dustin A. Coates is a web developer who has been programming for and writing about voice-first devices since the Alexa Skills Kit was first released. He shares his knowledge online at talkingtocomputers.com. He’s a Google Developers Expert for Assistant, and is Voice Search Go-To-Market Lead at Algolia.

From Web Dev to Mobile Dev Overnight

Six Questions for Eric Windmill, author of Flutter in Action

Eric Windmill is a Dart developer at AppTree, a PaaS company in Portland, Oregon. He writes frequently about his favorite programming technologies, including Flutter, an SDK from Google for building cross-platform mobile apps with Dart. You can find his articles at Flutter By Example, CSS Tricks, and EricWindmill.com. He also has his Sommelier certification and has worked in bourbon distilleries in his home state of Kentucky.

A Taco Cloud?

Six Questions for Craig Walls, author of Spring in Action, 5th Edition

The author of Spring in Action and Spring Boot in Action, Craig Walls is a principal engineer with Pivotal and a zealous promoter of the Spring Framework. In addition to writing books and articles about Spring, he gives presentations about it at local user groups and larger conferences. When he’s not slinging code, Craig is planning his next trip to Disney World or Disneyland and spending as much time as he can with his wife, two daughters, two birds and three dogs.

Privacy, Twitter, and Machine Learning

Six questions with Andrew Trask, author of Grokking Deep Learning

Andrew Trask is a researcher pursuing a Doctorate at Oxford University, where he focuses on Deep Learning with an emphasis on human language. He is also a leader at OpenMined.org, an open-source community of researchers and developers working on creating free and accessible tools for secure AI. Previously, Andrew was analytics product manager at Digital Reasoning, where he trained the world’s largest artificial neural network (with over 160 billion parameters) and helped guide the analytics for the Synthesys cognitive computing platform, which tackles problems in government intelligence, finance, and healthcare. Grokking Deep Learning is his first book.

Find Andrew online at his blog (iamtrask.github.io) and @iamtrask on Twitter.

Thinking in Python

Six questions with Naomi Ceder, author of The Quick Python Book, Third Edition.

Naomi Ceder earned a Ph.D in Classics, but, since 2001, has been learning, teaching, and using Python. An elected fellow of the Python Software Foundation, Naomi currently serves as chair of its board of directors. She also speaks internationally about the Python community, and on inclusion and diversity in technology in general. By day she leads a team of Python programmers for Dick Blick Art Materials, and in her spare time she enjoys sketching, knitting, and deep philosophical conversations with her dog.

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