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Grad School or Certification: Which Is Better for a Data Science Career?

Read which learning path is best suitable for a data science career and much more in this week’s newsletter

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This is the ninth edition of CrunchX and here are the stories and resources we thought were worth spending the time.

1. Ukraine is selling a timeline of the Russian invasion as NFTs

Crypto donations to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion exceed $100 million. It’s no surprise then to see the Ukrainian government embrace NFTs with a collection of tokens associated with the war. Written by Adi Robertson on The Verge and editorial selection by Antony Terence. Read the article here:

https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/25/22996168/ukraine-ministry-digital-transformation-nft-crypto-drop-fundraising-war-timeline

2. Stop Asking Your Developers The Three Standup Questions

Focus on the right questions for standups. They’re not your usual ones. Avoid the Yesterday Today Obstacles pattern, and use these instead. Written by James McGill on Code Climate and editorial selection by Miloš Živković. Read the article here:

https://codeclimate.com/blog/stop-asking-developers-three-standup-questions/

3. My guiding principles after 20 years of programming

Alex is a Sr. software engineer and compiles his 20 years of experience into these 20 principles. All of these hold great value for any software engineer, regardless of seniority. Written by Alex Ewerlöf on Medium and editorial selection by Miloš Živković. Read the article here:

https://alexewerlof.medium.com/my-guiding-principles-after-20-years-of-programming-a087dc55596c

4. Your Data Initiatives Can’t Just Be for Data Scientists

Data is not only for Data Scientists and interesting. Most employees work with data, and they need to be trained and involved in order for a company to become truly data-driven. Written by Thomas C. Redman on Harvard Business Review and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://hbr.org/2022/03/your-data-initiatives-cant-just-be-for-data-scientists

5. PCC pushes for data science against cartels

How the Philippines uses government agencies and financial data to track cartels. A very interesting field of application with potential. Written by Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat on Manilla Bulletin and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://mb.com.ph/2022/03/25/pcc-pushes-for-data-science-against-cartels/#google_vignette

6. Grad School or Certification: Which Is Better for a Data Science Career?

There are many ways to become a Data Scientist, here you will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of Grad School vs. Certifications and you may also find the one that works for you. Written by Matt Przybyla on Built In and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://builtin.com/data-science/grad-school-certification-data-science

7. Replacing Ternary Operators With the Elvis Operator

I love articles that are not just informative but also tell a story — as it’s an excellent way to remember what they’re saying. Jordi Bassaganas’ article “Replacing Ternary Operators With the Elvis Operator” is a great example where he describes the use of a ternary operator (and how to shorten it even further) telling a story related to Elvis Presley as he goes. What a great read! Written by Jordi Bassaganas on CodeX and editorial selection by Dr. Stuart Woolley. Read the article here:

https://medium.com/codex/replacing-ternary-operators-with-the-elvis-operator-f0a0d808bdfa

8. Russia Is Facing a Tech Worker Exodus

As the conflict in Ukraine continues to be prolonged there have been ripple effects on the Russian and Ukrainian economies. One of the impacted industries has been the tech space as the conflict has created a mass exodus of Russian tech workers, as this article describes. Written by Gian M. Volpicelli on Wired and editorial selection by Omar Zahran. Read the article here:

https://www.wired.com/story/russian-techies-exodus-ukraine/

9. Europe agrees on a big new package of tech rules

As big tech continues to get more powerful there is an increasing pressure to keep their power in check. The EU is attempting to change this as it is introducing more regulations and proposals aimed at encouraging competition and avoiding nefarious ad-tracking practices that have become commonplace for the world’s tech giants. Written by Ashley Gold on Axios and editorial selection by Omar Zahran. Read the article here:

https://www.axios.com/europe-agrees-on-big-new-package-of-tech-rules-a1a0bc8b-3ff1-48ee-93bf-56f7b7f7ef2f.html

10. Java 18 Brings New Features to Accelerate Software Development

As the world of programming continues to evolve, ease of use has never been more important. Java 18 is looking to solve this with a focus on accelerating software development. Written by Sean Michael Kerner on IT Pro Today and editorial selection by Omar Zahran. Read the article here:

https://www.itprotoday.com/programming-languages/java-18-brings-new-features-accelerate-software-development

Closing Note

That’s our picks for this week. Hope you found something new, inspiring, astonishing, and crazy news going around the tech space. Thank you very much for taking your time to read this edition of CrunchX. Look out for the next edition the following week.

Regards,

CodeX Team

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