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The New Builders Podcast

Today’s applications are central to decision-making at all levels of society – whether it’s helping municipal governments monitor critical infrastructure using smart sensor data, or helping consumers find the nearest store to buy their favorite brand of cereal. The New Builders podcast features interviews with the innovators behind these apps, in which they reveal their best practices, latest projects and favorite tools.
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Apr 28, 2016

“I am learning from the data scientist, and the data scientist is learning from the developer, constantly”

In Episode 3 of the The New Builders, David Taieb, a developer, is joined by Jorge Castañón, a data scientist, to explain how getting a drink together at Datapalooza led to a partnership in which they refined a sample application, built by Taieb, that predicts how much a flight will be delayed, based on weather conditions. Thanks to the rise of cloud computing, collaborative technology and complementary skill sets, Taieb and Castañón were able to achieve 60 percent accuracy with the app – far exceeding their expectations.

We get into the details behind their collaboration, including how open source tools like Simple Data Pipe helped Taieb move on-premises data sources into a cloud-based Apache Spark environment for analysis (8:32), the role of intuition in data science (13:23), how a common language of Spark and IPython notebooks enabled them to collaboratively execute and experiment with data (14:30), how deep learning could further improve the sample app (27:03), and why they think it’s never too late for developers and data scientists to start working together on their projects (29:49).

Check out the flight predictor sample app on Github.

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com).

The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

Apr 21, 2016

Everyone has a digital footprint. No matter how careful you are about what you say and where you say it, there’s no guarantee that the “delete” button will prevent your digital messages from being stored, screenshot and shared, even to unintended recipients.

In Episode 2 of the The New Builders, the developers behind Cyber Dust – Ryan Ozonian, CEO and Co-Founder, and Rohit Kotian, Lead Engineer – stopped by to explain how they built an in-memory messaging service that their users trust.

Even though the Cyber Dust team prefers more ephemeral digital conversations, they were nice enough to allow us to record our chat. We discussed how the idea for the app was born out of an insider trading case the SEC pursued against eventual Cyber Dust backer (and frequent user) Mark Cuban (8:20), how the dev team deployed a highly queryable and scalable cache to make sure messages were never stored on a hard drive (11:33), and why the appeal of “starting with something you know works” pushed the Cyber Dust team toward a mobile development approach using elements of both prototype and agile methodologies (22:04).

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com).

The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

Apr 14, 2016

The first episode of The New Builders podcast features a roundtable discussion with Greg Avola, CTO and co-founder of social beer app Untappd, and Bradley Holt, Developer Advocate for IBM Cloud Data Services.

Despite it being too early in the day for a round of IPAs, the conversation quickly became an engaging overview of topics like why Untappd built its architecture on a LAMP solution stack (12:55), how open source helps Avola’s team “get stuff done and innovate products” (14:30), progressive HTML5 web apps (18:51), why you may want to develop your app with an offline-first approach (22:36), how the app experience differs from web vs. mobile (28:50), and how a beer recommendation engine might join forces with Marvin, the Rock-Paper-Scissors playing robot (35:18).

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora,@JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com).

The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

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