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Insights - Week of November 16th 2014

ginnyd  on  11/24/2014

Week #3 is in the books and tons of interesting content still keeps on surfacing. This week we have a mixture of technology topics (Flow, WatchKit, encryption), developer career topics (interview issues, agents for top stars), some complaints on Uber, and language specific content (Ruby, .NET).

Content References

Keywords

The trend of previous weeks remains intact with once again roughly a third of the keywords being specific programming languages and well over half of the keywords being technology specific.

#1

css

#11

SoundCloud

#21

Ferguson

#2

FeministHackerBarbie

#12

новость

#22

ВМире

#3

javascript

#13

ApacheCon

#23

СПОРТ

#4

buildstufflt

#14

News

#24

scala

#5

python

#15

dotJS

#25

ruby

#6

news

#16

rubyconf

#26

nodevember

#7

nodejs

#17

Спорт

#27

devops

#8

golang

#18

clojure_conj

#28

Python

#9

NowPlaying

#19

НОВОСТИ

#29

opensource

#10

lastfm

#20

ux

#30

ПОЛИТИКА

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"Insights - Week of November 9th 2014"

ginnyd  on  11/18/2014

Welcome to week number two of Insights. As we suspected the interests this week changed from last week from the perspective of the referenced content. The big topics of the week that captured the atttention of the top geeks ranged from the fight between the Gnome Foundaton and Groupon, the Rosetta Mission, .NET being opened source and several odes to Hedy Lamarr (a story we were not aware of until this past week). As with last week there was a mixture of pure technology and social topics. All in all, a very interesting week. What is your favorite topic from the week?

Content References

Keywords

No big surprises from a keyword/hashtag perspective. There were some changes in the order and list of top technology keywords and we feel after getting a few more weeks of this data under our belt it will be interesting to show the change from week to week on some of the recurring keywords.

#1

CometLanding

#11

devoxx

#21

java

#2

67P

#12

Docker

#22

freebrokep

#3

Interstellar

#13

fx10

#23

Scala

#4

lastfm

#14

NowPlaying

#24

BerlinWall

#5

NetNeutrality

#15

Mauerfall

#25

devops

#6

golang

#16

docker

#26

cloud

#7

defendGNOME

#17

AWS

#27

GamerGate

#8

cometlanding

#18

Rosetta

#28

gamedev

#9

ChooseIndependent

#19

Devoxx

#29

javascript

#10

reinvent

#20

9N

#30

news

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Insights - Week of November 2nd 2014

ginnyd  on  11/11/2014

Hello! Welcome to the first iteration of what we hope will be a weekly article titled "Insights". Our intent with this article is how help share what our industry's top minds found interesting during the past week. We're sure this effort will evolve with time, so bear with us as we find the correct voice to help convey all of these useful insights that some of the brightest minds of our industry have shared during the last week.

So what were the topics that had people talking about and thinking on last week? There seems to be a wide variety of topics but the not so surprising underlying theme is developement technologies. It will be interesting to see if this trend is consistent every week or if non-technology topics enter into our list. When it comes to technologies this week, some were very specific (Ember, Angular, NPM, Dynomite) while others were higher level (Rich Web Applications, Programming Languages and Code Quality). Listed below are the top twenty.

Content References

Keywords

The trend of technology was equally strong when it came to hashtags for this period. Programming languages used as a hashtag represented roughly a third of the top 30 keywords. Going forward it will be interesting to see if these hashtags remain consistent from week to week.

#1

codemesh

#11

NowPlaying

#21

java

#2

Ebola

#12

devops

#22

JavaScript

#3

UX

#13

qconsf

#23

PHP

#4

php

#14

GamerGate

#24

GCPLive

#5

golang

#15

OpenStack

#25

Docker

#6

nodejs

#16

websummit

#26

InboxHappyHour

#7

flushot

#17

fb

#27

docker

#8

lastfm

#18

gamedev

#28

science

#9

javascript

#19

oredev

#29

scala

#10

MVPSummit

#20

python

#30

programming

Conclusion

As we said in the opening paragraph, we are very excited about seeing this data but we are still working on how best to share it and make it useful to you the reader. We would love to hear any suggestions or feedback you have and we promise this will evolve in the coming weeks and months. Thanks for reading!

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New Feature: Customize Your Geeksheet

ginnyd  on  10/9/2014

Over the past few weeks, we have heard a frequent request of people wanting to customize their Geeksheet, to be able to personalize it for when it is viewed by others. Based upon that feedback, we just introduced some basic capabilities to allow members to do just that. We foresee a lot more can be done in this area, but we are happy with this initial offering and can't wait to hear your feedback.

Members can customize their geeksheet via these new capabilities from the "Geeksheet Settings" page. This page can be accessed by clicking the "Settings" main menu item that becomes visible after a member logs into GeekGrade. On this page members have the ability to customize the following items:

  • Background Color
  • Panel Text Color
  • Panel Background Color
  • Blog Posting Options

The first three options allow you specify what primary colors are used on your geeksheet. We are utilizing Bootstrap Colorpicker 2.0, a cool library to provide the color picking mechanism by Javier Aguilar. You should check out his website, his work looks really nice and he is involved with some interesting projects.

The "Blog Posting Options" item allows you to specify how much or how little of your blog posts are shown on your geeksheet. The default setting is to show a short snippet of each post with the intention of viewers clicking the link to see the entire post at the original blog. That being said, some members have requested to suppress all their blog posts while others have asked to show their entire post within the geeksheet, thus the two other options.

We hope you like these new capabilities, please share your feedback with us.

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New Feature: Top Companies

ginnyd  on  9/27/2014

We just released some exciting new features that help showcase the places where the top geeks work. You can view this feature by clicking the Top Companies link at the top of each page or via a "Where They Work" link from within the Top Skills section for a specific skill. As with our list of top trends, we are utilizing jQCloud, Luca Ongaro's tag cloud library, to illustrate the list of top companies, so once again we send out a big thanks to Luca!


From within this tag cloud you can click on the name of a company which will bring up another web page that shows the top geeks for that employer as shown below for Github.



From this same page you can click "Top Skills At GitHub" link and see another tag cloud of all the skills mastered by their employees as shown below. Looks like our friends at GitHub like a lot of different technologies!



As we collect information about the web's top geeks, their employer is one of the pieces of information we actively try to find and save as part of their profile. If you have registered with us but we have not been able to discover your employer, take a moment and add it to your profile to help us refine our listing of the top employers for specific skills. We hope you like this new feature, as always let us know your thoughts, opinions and suggestions around this new feature.

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New Feature: Top Geeks Twitter Trends

ginnyd  on  7/15/2014

Going into the weekend we just released a new feature we have been hard at work on, Top Geeks Trends. You can see this new feature by clicking "Top Geeks" at the top of the page and then clicking the "What Is Trending" link in the header bar.

This new features shows what is trending on Twitter for our Top Geeks in the system, it will show a word cloud powered by jQCloud, a GitHub project by Luca Ongaro as well as a list of the top referenced urls.



We are still tweaking how this will work, currently we are showing what is trending for the past week. We plan to very soon add similar functionality for the top geeks for each skill under the "Top Skills" section. I hope you find this feature as interesting as I do, it is very cool to see what the top minds in our industry are excited about and talking about. I would love to hear any ideas you might have of how we can improve and refine this.

ginnyd

It's Alive!

ginnyd  on  5/1/2014

After several months of late nights, a lot of second guessing and a few epiphanies I am pleased to announce the release of Geek Grade! The genesis of Geek Grade was a curiosity I had about some GitHub usage patterns and data. That curiousity transitioned into an exercise for me to learn some new technologies while exploring that data. I ended up scratching an itch I didn't initially realize I even had. Its been a fun journey so far and to be truthful I'm not even sure where the final destination will take me. What I am sure of though are the things that motivated me to create Geek Grade, things I hope you can relate to and that you will appreciate.

  • I am a geek and I love the geek community.
  • I am constantly amazed and humbled by the geeks around me.
  • I love to learn what others in my community are doing and the lessons they can share.
  • I want an easy mechanism to learn about other geeks.
  • I am terrible at managing my own geek brand and I love tools that help do that for me.
  • I am striving to create a tool that other geeks will find interesting and useful.

So, take a look, kick the tires, let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear what you like and dislike, what you find useful and what you find cumbersome and most importantly what I can do to make you like Geek Grade even more

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