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Kevin Hazzard on Python, Grokking Topics, Category Theory, and the Zen of Chainsaw Maintenance

In this episode, Frank and Andy talk to Kevin Hazzard.


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Notable Quotes:

Frank has a treadmill desk. ([2:35])
“It’s all about collecting the data.” Health is secondary. ([3:25])
On Python… ([5:00])
We love our R listeners! ([6:30])
Never count JavaScript out. ([8:20])
Book reference: Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue ([8:50])
Book reference: “grok” from Stranger in a Strange Land ([10:45])
How would databases be different if we’d started with unlimited memory? ([12:00])
How to use data to drive web traffic. ([17:45])
Generic Activity Tracker architecture ([18:30])
Self-subscribing and auto-expiring microservices ([20:30])
Movie reference: Dune ([21:47])
The Walmart-Amazon wars ([22:00])
“Data hunted me down and almost killed me!” ([24:25])
Category theory ([25:30])
Functional, then categorical, then both. ([26:50])
“Sharpening chansaws.” ([28:05])
CosmosDB and Redis Cache ([30:15])
“I’d love to not have a screen.” ([32:30])
On serving our community ([33:00])
Book recommendation: The Alchemist ([33:40])
“If you’re a technologist, we sorely need you to serve.” ([35:40])
Richmond.Net ([36:45])

About the author, Data Driven Team

The Data Driven team is the dynamic duo of Frank La Vigne and Andy Leonard.

Frank La Vigne is a software engineer and UX geek who saw the light about Data Science at an internal Microsoft Data Science Summit in 2016. Now, he wants to share his passion for the Data Arts with the world.

Andy Leonard is a self-described Data Philosopher who literally lives in Farmville. No, not the game, the actual town. He slings code and manages data.