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  1. New Technology - Should You Learn It?

    It is one of those questions you constantly struggle with throughout any technical career: Should I learn this latest and greatest technology that is out? Do I need to learn it, do I want to learn it, do I get left behind if I don't? The truth is that you can't learn everything so how do you know what to focus on?The sections below are not mutually exclusive, nor do you have to fulfill all of them. If you can say "yes" to one of them, then you are probably okay to invest time in the technology in...
  2. The state of gender diversity in the tech industry: Gooroo facts and data

    The discussion on gender diversity in tech recently heats up with the viral memo on gender issues (titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber") by ex-Googler James Damore. Since then it has attracted several follow ups, including prominent ones by the New York Times or by The Washington Post. At Gooroo, it is pretty relevant to us as the tech industry is our main focus. We are specifically interested in knowing the facts behind the state of gender balance/diversity in tech companies...
  3. The state of Machine Learning and AI industry: insights from Gooroo data

    As Machine Learning (ML), a specialization of Data Science / Artificial Intelligence (AI), moves from a hype to becoming mainstream, there are still a lot of unknowns around the role ML plays in businesses. What exactly do companies hire ML for? What are the skills they need? As this article puts it For instance, did you know the top hiring role in Data Science is no longer "Data Scientist". In fact, it’s relating to Machine Learning skills. As it is happening, at Gooroo.io, we are...
  4. Introduction to Progressive Web Apps

    As some people know, I have been very passionate about Windows Phone since the early days of the platform. I am still using a Windows 10 Mobile device, and I still love the operating system and the Windows 10 platform. However, I am not living in a cave, and I do realise that the future potential of the Windows mobile platform is limited. I still don't think it is "dead", but it is certainly limited. I started learning Xamarin a couple of years ago, to use my C# knowledge and skills for building...
  5. How innovative analytics improve the chance of success in finding jobs on Gooroo.io

    For the data science team at Gooroo.io, a question commonly asked is, how can big data be utilized to improve recruitment, for both those hiring and job seekers? Like many big HR tech companies, we also use data to produce insights and trends on jobs and salaries (like Stackoverflow Trend Survey or SEEK's job trend). What's more, at Gooroo we are looking beyond general insights and into smart, innovative analytics that can help individual recruiters and applicants with their job...
  6. Contributing to .NET for Dummies

    Over the past few months in the little spare time that I have, I’ve managed to submit a handful of pull requests to various .NET-related repositories (e.g. coreclr, corefx, docs, etc.) and incredibly, they were accepted.Now, for some, this may not seem like a big deal. But it felt like a pretty big one to me so I thought I would take some time to elaborate on the process itself, share my experience, and hopefully dispel a few myths or misconceptions that you might have that may be holding you back...
  7. The Path is Null and Full of Squiggles

    I've been using Visual Studio 2017 since the earliest bits were available and I can confidently say, I'm a fan and highly recommend you give it a shot if you get a chance.With that being said, sometimes new features can cause things to blow up and this post is going to be discussing one of those such features, namely Lightweight Solution Load.Recently, I opened up a decently sized solution (~9 projects) and everything seemed in order. All of my dependencies were there, with no warning signs to be...
  8. Sharing is Caring: Using Shared Projects in ASP.NET

    As software developers, copy-pasting some code or a few files and having it in multiple places has always been smelly. There are several different avenues that you can take to avoid this kind of redundancy, but this post will focus on one that it seems isn’t talked about too often: Shared Projects.Prior to the introduction to Shared Projects, I’ll briefly go over why Shared Projects themselves were introduced, and how you might have accomplished similar behavior before their release.With the major...
  9. Glyphfriend 2.1 Released! Now with Library Filtering

    It hasn't been too long since the latest 2.0 release of Glyphfriend, but with the release of Visual Studio 2017 coming around the corner, there were a few things that could use some improvement and polishing off before then.Message received, loud and clear.All of the changes that were made to make the extension more flexible actually resulted in it being more noisy. Glyphfriend would just serve everything it knew about. This has generally been regarded as a bad move, and thus library filtering is...
  10. .Net Regular Expressions Demystified Part 1

    In very simple terms we can say that"regular expression is a group of characters that defines a pattern" and using that pattern we find out specific information that we required in our caseSo the regular expressions are nothing but a group of characters that have special meanings to regular expression engine which is already installed in .Net framework and represented by System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex .My goal in this article is to give you a basic understanding of regular expressions in very...
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